The ‘Ile de Beauté’: follow in the footsteps of Honoré de Balzac

In March 1838, the celebrated French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac stayed in Bastia, Corsica. Today, the character building he stayed in is listed as a Historical Monument and now is the time to seize your chance to own a piece of history!

One of the apartments in the building is currently on sale with Sextant; offering 96 sqm of living space, the 3 bedroom apartment enjoys stunning views over Bastia’s old port (le Vieux Port).

Relive Balzac’s moments in Corsica

Honoré de Balzac (1799 – 1850) played a very important role in 19th century French Literature. The son of a bourgeois family, Honoré de Balzac initially envisaged a career as a Notary, but in 1818 he announced his desire to become a writer to his parents. He went on to become a novelist, playwright, art and literary critic, essayist and journalist. He had a significant clout on fellow contemporary writers such as Gustave Flaubert, Emile Zola and Marcel Proust, and continues to influence writers today. This hard-working novelist’s greatest work is a collection of 93 novels and short stories entitled ‘La Comédie Humaine’ or ‘The Human Comedy’. He is also the author of ‘Cent Contes Drolatiques’, other novels published under aliases, plus about 30 unfinished works…
In March 1838, eight years after writing the novel ‘La Vendetta’ set in Corsica, Balzac travelled to the ‘French island warmed by the Italian sun’. He spent 12 days there before moving on to Sardinia. He wrote to his long-time correspondent (and later wife), Ewelyna Hanska, that ‘Corsica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world’.

Indeed, Corsica is known as the Ile de Beauté, the Beautiful Island, because it is truly one of the most magnificent places on Earth. With stunning sea and mountain landscapes, preserved natural areas and a very pleasant climate throughout the year, it is easy to see why Balzac felt inspired to write about the island. Bastia, the Haute-Corse capital (and the town where the apartment is located), is a beautiful city full of character and soul. With picturesque sights such as the 15th century Citadel, its many churches, museums and festival, it is a relaxing place to walk around and explore.

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