Living space

When I arrived in Paris, I came to Balzac’s former residence. As soon as I walked into this low, quiet and simple house, an inexplicable kindness burst into my face, and I could not help saying a word:

I brought the person I admired back to his house.

I feel Balzac really came out of my heart. I saw him walking around in the house and saw his expression while hiding in the house to escape debt. In these roadside cabins, the roof is lower than the road surface. He chose to live in this place because it is not easy to be discovered by debt collectors. But he must still often be shocked and hide behind the curtains and look out. If not a few close friends visit, he will listen to whether the knock is pre-arranged with his ears across the thin door panel.

I also saw him standing in the small courtyard and meditating. Thick breath of flowers and leaves surrounded him. He was wrapped in a large cloak, and his shoulders were shrunk. Isn’t that what Rodin sculptured for him? Was it because of his cold clothes, or did he feel the loneliness and coldness of the world from the bottom of his heart?

This big chair fits his strong body, but why is his desk so small? His muscular front chest almost bent down the desk. However, he wrote the most important works of his life on this ordinary small table, creating the insurmountable peak in the history of literature.

I opened his drawer and there was nothing in it.

In the middle of the night, a gentleman on the beam sneaked into the house and opened the drawer, but he couldn’t touch a penny for a long time. Balzac heard it in the bedroom next door and said, “Don’t look for it. I haven’t found a franc for half a day during the day. Now it’s so dark, you can’t find it anymore.” So the thief left ashamed .

I laughed. The director of Kaneo who accompanied me to visit asked me what I was laughing.

I wanted to say “Balzac is here”, but I didn’t say that, I was afraid that he would be treated as a joke. But the young curator who was extremely devoted to Balzac seemed to feel something in my expression. He led me to the underground library to see Balzac’s collection. He also specifically asked me to start looking at Balzac’s own book. I have never touched such a needle-covered book cover before! But why did Kaneo tell me to read these books by hand? Does he also know that only real touch can have real feelings? As a result, my problems came out one after another. Although I was very familiar with Balzac before, I always felt that there was a lot of time and space. Why did I feel a sense of distance when I arrived here? He was ordinary, real, and alive, standing face to face with me, and even reaching for his large and heavy body.

The former residence is also part of his work.

I asked the curator of Kanio why there were not many items in the house of Balzac.

He told me that Balzac had lived here for 7 years (1841-1847). After that, he bought a house in the center of Paris and moved there. But he only lived there for 3 years and died of illness. He only lived 51 years old-it must have been overwhelmed by debt and writing.

After his death, all the relics were sold by his wife, and his house had already been demolished.

Kanio said that his lost relics must still be in someone’s home, but no one can tell. So, Balzac left us a blank again-this is not a material blank, but a desolate behind him. This brings us one step closer to this unfortunate master more than a hundred years ago.

This is the feeling and inspiration that only the former residence can give us.

“Macron has successfully dealt with the new crown epidemic, but why are the French unsatisfied? The mistrust they are used to complaining about is a’structural existence in French society!’ Just before the French prosecutor launched the government’s “anti-epidemic misconduct” investigation In the United States, the “New York Times” published an article for Macron called “Qua”, which surprised French readers.

The French “Express” reported on the 10th that the “New York Times” recently published an article entitled “Macron repels the new crown virus, but France is indifferent” Macron “praises”. The article pointed out that except Germany, the number of deaths caused by the epidemic in France (29,200) is significantly less than that of neighboring countries such as Italy (33,900) and the United Kingdom (40,800), and the anti-epidemic work is more than that of the United States (110,000 deaths) Called “excellent”. In addition, Macron’s strategy “prevent large-scale layoffs, ensure employee income, and avoid a long line of relief products”, but his public opinion support rate is pitifully low (average satisfaction rate in May: 39%). The author of the article, Nosette, yelled for Macron, “It seems that the better the result, the less willing the French are to applaud their president.”

Northit is the head of the New York Times reporter station in France. He lived in France in his early years and was familiar with French culture. He analyzed and pointed out that the government’s work is not appreciated by the public because “The French will never be satisfied,’distrust is the structural existence of French society.” In fact, many French media also think that the French are “very picky and complain.” .

But many people in France do not think Macron is doing well. The “Le Figaro” survey of people in many European countries in May found that the satisfaction of the British, Germans and Italians with regard to the government’s anti-epidemic performance was 63%, 60% and 50%, respectively. The minimum for French and Spanish was 32%. The “World News” said on the 10th that the government’s way of dealing with the epidemic crisis has caused a lot of bad reviews in the country. Some people think that Macron has done very little, and the epidemic is controlled mainly by front-line medical personnel. Therefore, after the outbreak, the French filed a total of 80 lawsuits against government members, the highest number in the same period in history. They “sue” the government for its ineffectiveness in the fight against epidemic disease, and have committed “negligent murder” and “putting others’ lives at risk”. Prosecutor Eze announced on the 8th that it will start a pre-trial investigation on the government’s epidemic situation. In addition to President Macron’s criminal immunity, other members, including Prime Minister Philip and Minister of Health Wiran, may be tried by the Republican Court.

In fact, the complaints of the French people are not all groundless. At the initial stage of the epidemic, labor protection, masks and virus detection agent supply and nursing home prevention have been criticized by the public and the media. In order to save money, the government ignored the sharp reduction in mask stocks and even “lied”, which the opposition party called “national lies.” Even Northit, the author of the New York Times article, admitted that Macron might not be fully responsible for public dissatisfaction, but his “dictatorship” ruling style made him an enemy. In response to the epidemic, the French did not accept Macron’s “director” “Presidential decision, the people followed” plot.