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Kraków in Kraków Powiat, Małopolska, Poland
 

Honoré de Balzac

 
 
Honoré de Balzac Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 22, 2018
1. Honoré de Balzac Marker
Inscription.  
Tu mieszkał
Balzac
4-5 maja 1850

Polski Towarzystwo Wspołpracy z Francja

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(English translation:)

Balzac stayed here, May 4-5, 1850

Polish-French Friendship Society

 
Erected by Polski Towarzystwo Wspołpracy z Francja.
 
Location. 50° 3.775′ N, 19° 56.388′ E. Marker is in Kraków, Małopolska, in Kraków Powiat. Marker is at the intersection of Floriańska and Świętego Tomasza, on the left when traveling north on Floriańska. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Floriańska 14, Kraków, Małopolska 31-021, Poland.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rafał Józef Czerwiakowski (a few steps from this marker); Feliks Nowowiejski (within shouting distance of this marker); Church of Sts. John the Baptist and John the Evangelist (within shouting distance of this marker); First Evangelical Church

Honoré de Balzac Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 22, 2018
2. Honoré de Balzac Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here just above the man with his back turned to the camera.
(about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); January Uprising Recruitment Site (about 120 meters away); The Salon of Polish Painters (about 120 meters away); Ignacy Krieger (about 120 meters away); Dom Jana Matejki / House of Jan Matejko (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kraków.
 
Regarding Honoré de Balzac. After a long relationship, Balzac married a Polish noblewoman, Ewelina Hańska, on March 14, 1850, in Berdychiv (Ukraine). They set off for Paris in late April, arriving on May 20. This stop in Kraków, then, was merely a stop in transit, rather than a stay of any particular significance. In a declining state of health even before his marriage, Balzac died August 18, 1850.
 
Also see . . .  Honoré de Balzac (Wikipedia). "Honoré de Balzac (born Honoré Balzac, 20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his magnum opus....Owing to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities. His writing influenced many famous writers, including the novelists Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Jack Kerouac, and Henry James, filmmakers Akira Kurosawa and Eric Rohmer as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. Many of Balzac's works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers." (Submitted on June 20, 2018.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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