When Colonel Chabert marries a prostitute named Rose Chapotel, he doesn’t know yet how the marriage will affect the rest of his life. Chabert leaves for a war in Russia, where he is seriously wounded. Everyone thinks he is dead. Chabert, however, has enough strength to survive – and after being away for years, he is about to return to Paris.
But nothing is the same in Paris. Chabert’s property is gone, but he is not the kind of man who would easily give up – he is ready to fight for his rights.
Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) was a French writer. He was born in Tours, but moved to Paris when he was a teenager. The best known works of his include ‘Father Goriot’ and ‘Cousin Bette’. Balzac’s writing style is realistic, and he also wrote plays. Besides writing he worked as a journalist and critic.