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A Parisian Affair and Other Stories : Penguin Classics - Guy De Maupassant

A Parisian Affair and Other Stories

Penguin Classics

By: Guy De Maupassant, Sian Miles (Translator)

Paperback Published: 27th July 2004
ISBN: 9780140448122
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Set in the Paris of society women, prostitutes and small-minded bourgeousie, and the isolated villages of rural Normandy that de Maupassant knew as a child, the thirty-three tales in this volume are among the most darkly humorous and brilliant short stories in nineteenth-century literature. They focus on the relationships between men and women, as in the poignant fantasy of 'A Parisian Affair', between brothers and sisters, and between masters and servants. Through these relationships, Maupassant explores the dualistic nature of the human character and his stories reveal both nobility, civility and generosity, and, in stories such as 'At Sea' and 'Boule de Suif', vanity, greed and hypocrisy. Maupassant's stories repeatedly lay humanity bare with deft wit and devastating honesty.

About the Author

Guy de Maupassant (1850-93) was a literary disciple of Flaubert and one of the group of young Naturalistic writers that formed around Zola. Maupassant's contribution to the Naturalists collaborative collection of tales, Les Soirees de Medan, was 'Boule de suif', which remains one of the most well-known of the hundreds of stories he wrote over the course of his life and on which his literary reputation now rests. He also wrote six novels, including Bel-Ami (1885) and Pierre et Jean (1888).

About the Translator

Sian Miles was born in Wales and educated there and in France where she lived for many years. She now teaches at Warwick University and is the author of an anthology of the writings of Simone Weil, and translations of George Sand's Marianne, Violet Trefusis's Echo, and has collaborated on Paul Valéry's Cahiers/Notebooks.

Boule de Suifp. 1
A Parisian affairp. 41
A woman's confessionp. 49
Cock crowp. 54
Moonlightp. 59
At seap. 64
A millionp. 69
Femme fatalep. 75
Monsieur Jocastep. 93
Two friendsp. 98
Awakeningp. 105
The jewelsp. 111
Train storyp. 119
Regretp. 126
Minor tragedyp. 132
The christeningp. 138
Cowardp. 143
Rosep. 151
Idyllp. 157
Mother Sauvagep. 162
Madame Husson's rose kingp. 170
Encounterp. 187
Happinessp. 196
A bit of the otherp. 203
Lovep. 210
Hautot & sonp. 216
New year's giftp. 229
The Horlap. 236
Duchouxp. 245
The lull-a-byep. 252
Mother of inventionp. 262
Who knows?p. 275
Laid to restp. 288
The necklacep. 296
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ISBN: 9780140448122
ISBN-10: 0140448128
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27th July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1