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A Life: The Humble Truth (Oxford World's Classics)

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`every heart imagines itself the first to thrill to a myriad sensations which once stirred the hearts of the earliest creatures and which will again stir the hearts of the last men and women to walk the earth'

What is a life? How shall a storyteller conceive a life? What if art means pattern and life has none? How, then, can any story be true to life? These are some of the questions which inform the first of Maupassant's six novels, A Life (Une Vie) (1883) in which he sought to parody and expose the folly of romantic illusion. An unflinching presentation of a woman's life of failure and disappointments, where fulfillment and happiness might have been expected, A Life recounts Jeanne de Lamare's gradual lapse into a state of disillusion.

With its intricate network of parallels and oppositions, IA Life reflects the influence of Flaubert in its attention to form and its coherent structure. It also expresses Maupassant's characteristic naturalistic vision in which the satire of bourgeois manners, the representation of the aristocracy in pathological decline, the undermining of human individuality and ideals, and the study of deterioration and disintegration, all play a role. But above all Maupassant brings to his first novel the short story writer's genius for a focused tension between stasis and change, and A Life is one of his most compelling portraits of dispossession and powerlessness.

Synopsis:

What is a life? How shall a storyteller conceive a life? What if art means pattern and life has none? How can any story be true to life? These are some of the questions which inform this text, in which the author seeks to parody and expose the folly of romantic illusion.

Synopsis:

New translation of the first of Maupassant's six novels.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxxii]-xxxiv).

About the Author

Roger Pearson is Professor of French at the University of Oxford and Praelector in French at The Queen's College, Oxford.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192832986
Subtitle:
The Humble Truth
Translator:
Pearson, Roger
Translator:
Pearson, Roger
Introduction:
Pearson, Roger
Author:
Pearson, Roger
Author:
null, Roger
Author:
null, Guy
Author:
Maupassant, Guy
Introduction:
Pearson, Roger
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | France
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Paperback
Series Volume:
GTR 367
Publication Date:
19990819
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 halftones, 11 line illus
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
5.000 x 7.600 in 0.444 lb

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"Synopsis" by , What is a life? How shall a storyteller conceive a life? What if art means pattern and life has none? How can any story be true to life? These are some of the questions which inform this text, in which the author seeks to parody and expose the folly of romantic illusion.
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