Boule de Suif

Boule de Suif

by Guy de Maupassant

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/10/2018

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A carriage transporting ten passengers fleeing from Rouen is stopped at a village inn by Prussian soldiers, who decide to detain them until one of their party, the prostitute Boule de Suif, consents to sleep with their officer.

When Boule de Suif refuses to do so on account of her principles and patriotic sentiments, the solidarity initially manifested by her fellow travellers becomes increasingly tested as the deadlock continues, and the strained relationship between her and her “respectable” counterparts gradually worsens.

A scathing satire of bourgeois prejudice and hypocrisy and a compelling snapshot of France during the 1870 Franco-Prussian War, 'Boule de Suif' – here presented with five other major stories by the author of Bel Ami – was declared a masterpiece by Flaubert and is widely considered to be Maupassant's finest short story.

“An exceedingly sharp satire of flexible French morals among different classes during the nineteenth-century German occupation.” – The Guardian
ISBN:
9781847497642
9781847497642
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-10-2018
Publisher:
Alma Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
128
Dimensions (mm):
198x128mm
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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