La Maison Nucingen - by Honoré de Balzac[Reading report] by Raphaël Saillant


The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2011.

La Maison Nucingen is the story of the Baron de Nuncingen’s wealth, and its techniques for self-enrichment at the expense of the derelicting aristocracy. In this novel, the old aristocracy of the Ancien Régime and the Restauration are sinking, while the capitalist bourgeoisie, to which belongs Baron de Nucingen, takes over the financial affairs, and the “juste milieu” of the Monarchie de Juillet (to which belongs Rastignac) takes over the political affairs.

Quote article  Raphaël Saillant, « La Maison Nucingen - by Honoré de Balzac », 29 august 2011, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]

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