IBNA- 'Louis Lambert' an 1832 novel by French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac, included in the Études philosophiques section of his novel sequence ‘La Comédie humaine’ has been published in Persian
The book has been rendered into Persian by Hojabr Sanjarkhani. Tehran-based Niloufar Publishing has released 'Louis Lambert' in 254 pages.
Set mostly in a school at Vendôme, it examines the life and theories of a boy genius fascinated by the Swedish philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). The novel sequence ‘La Comédie humaine’, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as Honoré de Balzac’s magnum opus.
The novel contains a minimal plot, focusing mostly on the metaphysical ideas of its boy-genius protagonist and his only friend (eventually revealed to be Balzac himself). Although it is not a significant example of the realist style for which Balzac became famous, the novel provides insight into the author's own childhood. Specific details and events from the author's life – including punishment from teachers and social ostracism – suggest a fictionalized autobiography.
While he was a student at Vendôme, Balzac wrote an essay called Traité de la Volonté ("Treatise on the Will"); it is described in the novel as being written by Louis Lambert. The essay discusses the philosophy of Swedenborg and others, although Balzac did not explore many of the metaphysical concepts until much later in his life. Ideas analyzed in the essay and elsewhere in the novel include the split between inward and outward existence; the presence of angels and spiritual enlightenment; and the interplay between genius and madness.
Balzac is widely regarded as the founder of realism in European fiction, due to his keen observations and his unfiltered presentation of society. Although he was a prolific writer finishing over ninety works in his life time he left many unfinished. During his life he attempted to be a publisher, businessman, critic and politician; failing at everything but writing he put his personal experiences that he got from each of these endeavors into his work.