A Parisian Affair and Other Stories
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A Parisian Affair and Other Stories

by Guy de Maupassant
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Set in the nouveau riche Paris of society women, prostitutes, and playboys; in the Normandy countryside; and on the French Riviera where Maupassant had lived, the thirty-four short stories in this volume are among the most darkly humorous and brilliant in French literature. They focus on the complexity of close relationships: between lovers, as in the poignant fantasy “A Parisian Affair” or the touchingly ironical “The Jewels”; between siblings, as in “At Sea”; and between former partners, as in “Encounter.” They reveal two sides of human nature: its grace and generosity and also, as in “Boule de Suif,” its greed and hypocrisy. Piquant and varied, Maupassant’s stories lay humanity bare with deft wit and devastating honesty.

  • Siân Miles's vibrant new translation is accompanied by an Introduction discussing Maupassant's stpries as a reflection of the rapidly changing beliefs of his society
  • "The Necklace"—Maupassant's famous story not included in the previous Penguin Classics edition—appears in this volume
  • Includes chronology, notes, and suggestions for further reading

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