Guys, it’s May 20! More than half a month is already behind. Can you believe it? Haven’t you noticed that times runs faster with all this coronavirus thing? But don’t panic. Let’s calm down and relish these remaining days of one of the most beautiful months of the year!

And today we want to remember two amazing writers— Sigrid Undset and Honoré de Balzac. They both were born on this day.

Honoré de Balzac was a French writer and novelist, who helped to establish the traditional form of the novel. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest novelists of all time. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. His writing influenced many subsequent novelists such as Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jack Kerouac, and philosophers such as Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx.

Perhaps, his best-known work is the novel sequence La Comédie humaine (The Human Comedy) which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life. It consists of 91 finished works (stories, novels or analytical essays) and 46 unfinished works (some of which exist only as titles).

Sigrid Undset was a Norwegian writer, best known for her novels about life in the Scandinavian countries during the Middle Ages. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928 and honored by her country with the Norwegian Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Olav in 1945. Most of the praise was for her medieval novels including the trilogy about Kristin Lavransdatter. This work has been translated into more than 80 languages and is among the world’s most-read novels.

On you can find Honoré de Balzac’s and Sigrid Undset’s biographical profiles as well as his bibliographies. Don’t leave these extraordinary writers without your attention!

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