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In several ways, Bel Ami, Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel of corruption and infidelity, is so representative of its era that it can be read simply as a social portrait of the Belle Époque, but even those not well-versed in French history can read this extraordinary fiction for its stark characterization and unvarnished human critiques. A classic still neglected among English language readers. Editor's recommendation.