Les Chouans (English: The Chouans) is an 1829 novel by French novelist and playwright Honoreacute; de Balzac (1799ndash;1850) and included in the Scegrave;nes de la vie militaire section of his novel sequence La Comeacute;die humaine. Set in the French region of Brittany, the novel combines military history with a love story between the aristocratic Marie de Verneuil and the Chouan royalist Alphonse de Montauran. It takes place during the 1799 post-war uprising in Fougegrave;res. Balzac conceived the idea for the novel during a trip to Brittany arranged by a family friend in 1828. Intrigued by the people and atmosphere of the region, he began collecting notes and descriptions for later use. After publishing an Avertissement for the novel, he released three editions ndash; each of them revised significantly. The first novel Balzac published without a pseudonym, he used many titles as he wrote and published, including Le Gars, Les Chouans ou la Bretagne il y a trente ans, and Le Dernier Chouan ou la Bretagne en 1800. - Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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December 15, 2009
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