20 09 2012

My French Quest

L’Étranger

In this story, Jésus Christ en Flandre, Balzac writes about a legend from Old Flanders near Ostende.  It is part of his D’Études Philosophiques dans La Comédie Humaine written in 1831. 300px-Rembrandt_Christ_in_the_Storm_on_the_Lake_of_Galilee

« En ce moment, un homme apparut à quelques de la jetée ; semblait s’être levé de terre, comme un paysan qui se serait couché dans un champ en attendant l’heure du départ et que la trompette aurait réveillé  . Était-ce un voleur?”  (At this moment a man appeared to a few paces from the jetty: he seemed lifted from the earth, like a peasant who had laid himself down on the ground until the time of departure and whom the trumpet would awaken. Was he a theif?”)

No, he was not a thief and he was no ordinary man.

Jésus-Christ en Flandre begins on the coast  between the l’île de Cadzant near d’Ostende.  This haven was “flanque d’une bourgade chétivement peuplée…

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