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 (bôl′zăk′, băl′-, bäl-zäk′), Honoré de 1799-1850.
French writer and a founder of the realist school of fiction who portrayed the panorama of French society in a body of works known collectively as La comédie humaine.

Bal·zac′i·an (-zăk′ē-ən) adj.
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Adj.1.Balzacian - of or relating to Honore de Balzac or his writingsBalzacian - of or relating to Honore de Balzac or his writings
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In a slightly Balzacian, and especially Hindu sense, it meant: so this is your latest incarnation...." (5)
He did not quite accomplish that Balzacian enterprise, and the relationships between some of the films are, even when explicit, merely incidental, as characters recur often in different guises.
(4) Piketty usually refers to Balzac and Austen to support his economic theories (he's clearly not a quant), but "Dickensian" conveys the point better than "Balzacian" or "Austenian."
This well-known passage, a description of a Parisian space, in fact, not only does build a background for the forthcoming events, but also becomes a medium of the symbolization of the city, a unit of the Balzacian Parisian text.
When Barberis observes that if "le mythe de la paternite est au centre de la mythologie balzacienne, les parents de fait, les parents non choisis, sont le plus souvent la premiere figure, pour les enfants, de la dure loi du monde," he touches on an essential truth of Balzacian family dynamics: that the code civil that regulated French society saw both women and children as the chattel of their male relatives.
Critics have often noted Barres's deliberate "refusal" of Balzacian models in his first trilogy of novels, Le Culte du Moi (1888-1891), as well as his "clear return" to Balzac in Les Deracines, published in 1897 (Rambaud 397, 400-01; see also Borie 28; Frandon, Barres 98; Germain 78).
Then singes off the pink bristles, revealing a white nudity, the alabaster body of a Balzacian heroine: the author has discovered literature.
Till Benjamin, no theorist had thought to borrow the Balzacian and Dickensian technique of bringing an era to life through attention to its most minute cultural details.
Given the variety of plots and characters, she is clearly realizing what she once called her "Balzacian ambition to get the whole world into a book." Not "one book," no War and Peace, but, like Balzac, a series of fictions, long and short, that encompass what could be called our American Comedy.