Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac

"Cousin Bette" is a novel set in mid-19th century Paris, focusing on the lives of the Hulot family and their cousin, Bette, an old maid who harbors a deep resentment towards her relatives due to their wealth and social status. When Bette learns that her cousin's husband is having an affair, she decides to exact revenge by manipulating various characters and situations, leading to the downfall of the Hulot family. The novel explores themes of jealousy, revenge, and the destructive power of repressed feelings.

The 438th greatest book of all time


Published
1846
Nationality
French
Type
Fiction
Pages
300-500
Words
203,751
Original Language
French

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