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The Necklace and Other Talesby Guy De Maupassant
Synopses & Reviews
Ranging from poignant scrutiny of social pretension, to wicked tales of lust and love, to harrowing stories of terror and madness, the genius of Guy de Maupassant, France’s greatest short-story writer, is on full display in this enthralling new translation by Joachim Neugroschel. The stories Neugroschel has gathered vividly reveal Maupassant’s remarkable range, his keen eye, his technical perfection, his sexual realism, his ability to create whole worlds and sum up intricate universes of feeling in a few pages.
Adam Gopnik’s Introduction incisively explores the essence of Maupassant’s unique style and his tremendous, if unjustly unacknowledged, influence (on everything from the American short story to contemporary cinema), bearing eloquent testimony to Maupassant’s continuing and vital appeal.
From the Hardcover edition.
From wicked and hilarious stories of the underside of Paris to bittersweet fables that puncture social pretension to harrowing tales of terror and suspense, Guy de Maupassant's short works remain, for many, the best ever written. Gathered here, in an exhilarating new translation, are Maupassant's most famous and important tales, including "The Tellier House, " "The Horla, " "Butterball (Boule de Suife), " "Mademoiselle Fifi, " and "A Day in the Country, " along with a number of lesser-known masterpieces. Th collection contains all of the Maupassant stories that have ever been filmed (by such masters as Renoir and Ophuls), including "The Inn, " the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining. All tales are unexpurgated (some for the first time), comprising a rich and multifaceted edition that will make Maupassant newly accessible for contemporary readers.
After devoting their energy and income for ten years to replacing a borrowed diamond necklace that they lost, a woman and her husband learn the irony of their efforts in the title story in an anthology that also includes new translations of "The Horla," "The Tellier House," "Mademoiselle Fifi," "A Day in the Country," and other notable tales. 20,000 first printing.
About the Author
Guy de Maupassant (1850--1893), after serving in the Franco-Prussian War, became a close friend of Flaubert and his circle. He wrote hundreds of short stories as well as novels and verse. In his later years, he suffered from mental illness, and he died in an asylum.
Joachim Neugroschel’s translations include definitive renderings of Kafka, Mann, Racine, Molire, Bataille, and many others; his most recent book is No Star Too Beautiful: An Anthology of Yiddish Stories from 1832 to the Present. He has been awarded the French-American Foundation Translation Prize, the Goethe House/PEN Translation Prize (twice), and Guggenheim and NEA grants. He lives in Belle Harbor, New York.
Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon (availa
Table of Contents
The necklace — Butterball — The Tellier house — On the water — Mademoiselle Fifi — The mask — The inn — A day in the country — The hand — The jewels — The model — The entity (The Horla).
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