French cultural life – October 2019

From Balzac to a big-time bunny, our monthly round up of the arts and culture stories creating a buzz in France

1.  Balzac’s writing ‘prison’ reopens

The former home of one of France’s greatest writers, Honoré de Balzac, has reopened as a museum following year-long renovation work.

The Paris property, located amid leafy Passy in the 16th arrondissement, was home to the La Comédie Humaine author from 1840 to 1847 and is surprisingly small – he was said to be hiding from creditors and occupied just five rooms, one of which was an office that he called ‘a prison’.

The free-to-visit museum’s showpieces include ...

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