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ISBN: 0140448128Издательство: Penguin Classics
Год издания: 2004
Book Description 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.