A Parisian Affair and Other Stories

A Parisian Affair and Other Stories


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ISBN-13: 9780140448122
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 300,874
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Guy de Maupassant (1850-93) was a literary disciple of Flaubert and one of the group of young Naturalistic writers that formed around Zola. Maupassant's contribution to the Naturalists collaborative collection of tales, Les Soirées de Medan, was 'Boule de suif', which remains one of the most well-known of the hundreds of stories he wrote over the course of his life and on which his literary reputation now rests. He also wrote six novels, including Bel-Ami (1885) and Pierre et Jean (1888).

Sian Miles was born in Wales and educated there and in France where she lived for many years. She now teaches at Warwick University and is the author of an anthology of the writings of Simone Weil, and translations of George Sand's Marianne, Violet Trefusis's Echo, and has collaborated on Paul Valéry's Cahiers/Notebooks.

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Parisian Affair and Other Stories 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DRFP on LibraryThing 6 months ago
A solid if unspectacular collection by Maupassant. Some stories stand out more than others (ranging from the more comic Cockcrow to the more sinister La Horla) but there are no real stunners in this collection either. Nothing quite so perfect as what Chekhov wrote or as emotive as anything by Carver - but that's tough company to hang with! There is something very "modern" about these short stories though. Maupassant's prose is wonderfully clear and direct and It is impressive that he managed to write so many short stories, of good quality, in such a condensed amount of time. It's tough to nudge this book up to four stars however, because he made many of the points raised in this collection with much more force in his novels. Thus, this is a collection worth reading but it's not amongst the great short story compilations and nor does it contain the author's best pieces of writing.