The Magic Skin

Version: Unabridged
Author: Honore de Balzac
Narrator: John Bolen
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: April 2001
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 2 minutes
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'The possession of power, no matter how enormous, does not bring the knowledge how to use it.'

Raphael, a failed writer, finds himself deep in debt and unrequited in love, so he decides to take a suicidal plunge into the Seine River. Before he can, however, he discovers a magic leather skin in an antiquity shop. Its supernatural powers grant him his every wish, but it extracts a terrible toll! This parable depicts the malaise of nineteenth-century France.

Reviews (1)

Poor narrator.

Written by Anonymous on January 23rd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The book is intriguing but I returned it because the narration was distracting.

Author Details

Author Details

de Balzac, Honore

A prolific writer, Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) is generally regarded, along with Gustave Flaubert, as a founding father of realism in European literature, and as one of France's greatest fiction writers.

Balzac, Honore

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) was a French journalist and writer and is considered one of the creators of realism in literature. Balzac's huge production of novels and short stories are collected under the name La Comedie Humaine.