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Young, attractive and very ambitious, Georges Duroy, known to his friends as Bel-Ami, is offered a job as a journalist on La Vie francaise and soon makes a great success of his new career. But he also comes face to face with the realities of the corrupt society in which he lives - the sleazy colleagues, the manipulative mistresses and wily financiers - and swiftly learns to become an arch-seducer, blackmailer and social climber in a world where love is only a means to an end. Written when Maupassant was at the height of his powers, Bel-Ami is a novel of great frankness and cynicism, but it is also infused with the sheer joy of life - depicting the scenes and characters of Paris in the belle ipoque with wit, sensitivity and humanity.
About the Author
Guy de Maupassant was born in Normandy in 1850. By the late 1870s, the first signs of syphilis had appeared, and Maupassant had become Flaubert's pupil in the art of prose. He led a hectic social life, and in 1891, having tried to commit suicide, he was committed to an asylum in Paris, where he died two years later.
ISBN: 9780140443158 ISBN-10: 0140443150 Series: Penguin Classics Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 416 Published: 1st March 1976 Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.1
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1