Afloat

Afloat

by Guy de Maupassant

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 02/05/2008

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Afloat is a book of dazzling but treacherously shifting currents, a seemingly simple logbook of a sailing cruise along the French Mediterranean coast that opens up to reveal unexpected depths, as Guy de Maupassant merges fact and fiction, dream, polemic, and documentation in a wholly original manner. Humorous and troubling stories, unreliable confessions, stray reminiscences, and thoughts on life, love, art, nature, and society all find a place in Maupassant's pages, which are, in conception and in effect, so many reflections of the fluid sea on which he finds himself-at once happily and precariously-afloat. Afloat courts risk in both form and content, making itself up as it goes along. As a work of art, it is as fresh and startling as the paintings of Maupassant's great contemporaries van Gogh and Gauguin.
ISBN:
9781590172599
9781590172599
Category:
Classic travel writing
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
02-05-2008
Language:
English
Publisher:
The New York Review of Books, Inc
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
128
Dimensions (mm):
204x127x8mm
Weight:
0.15kg
Guy de Maupassant

Guy de Maupassant was born in Normandy in 1850. In addition to his six novels, which include Bel-Ami (1885) and Pierre et Jean (1888), he wrote hundreds of short stories, the most famous of which is 'Boule de suif'.

By the late 1870s, he began to develop the first signs of syphilis, and in 1891 he was committed to an asylum in Paris, having tried to commit suicide. He died there two years later.

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