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By: Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

Les contes de la bécasse by Guy de Maupassant (French) Les contes de la bécasse

Dans les dix-sept nouvelles composant « Les contes de la bécasse », Guy de Maupassant dépeint en quelques traits des personnages et décors – pour la plupart normands –, mettant en exergue de manière ironique – parfois aussi pessimiste – les faiblesses de caractère ou la bassesse des personnages sans toutefois porter de jugement moral. In these seventeen short stories—or tales, as they are here called—, Guy de Maupassant depicts succinctly and pointedly persons and landscapes, and shows in an ironical, but sometimes also pessimistic way, without becoming moralistic, the weakness and baseness of the characters.

Ball-of-Fat by Guy de Maupassant Ball-of-Fat

The first significant published short story of French author Guy de Maupassant, and generally acknowledged as his greatest work, “Ball-of-Fat” (French title: Boule de Suif) is the touching story of an interrupted coach ride from Rouen to Le Havre during which occurs the corruption of a principled prostitute by immoral and hypocritical members of the upper class. The story is set during the occupation of Rouen at the time of the Franco-Prussian War.

Book cover Bel Ami, or The History of a Scoundrel

“He had faith in his good fortune, in that power of attraction which he felt within him - a power so irresistible that all women yielded to it.”Though firmly set in 1880s Paris, Maupassant's gripping story of an amoral journalist on the make could, with only slight modifications of detail, be updated to the 1960s, to the Reagan-Thatcher years, or maybe to the present day. Anti-hero Georges Duroy is a down-at-heel ex-soldier of no particular talent. Good-looking but somewhat lacking in self-confidence, he discovers an ability to control and exploit women - whereupon his career in journalism takes off, fuelled by the corruption of colleagues and government arrivistes...

Der Horla by Guy de Maupassant (German) Der Horla

Seltsame Dinge geschehen um den Ich-Erzähler, der seine Gedanken und Gefühle seinem Tagebuch anvertraut. Woher kommen die schrecklichen Albträume und wer trinkt nachts seine Wasserflasche leer? Ist er ein Schlafwandler, wird er langsam wahnsinnig oder ist es der Horla? Horla von franz. “hors de la” = “außerhalb”.

Book cover Complete Original Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant
Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant (French) Le Horla

D'événements étranges en événements étranges, le narrateur raconte, dans son journal, comment il en vient à penser qu'une créature surnaturelle hante sa maison... (Résumé par Naf)

Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassant Boule de Suif

Boule de Suif (1880) is a short story by the late-19th century French writer Guy de Maupassant. It is arguably his most famous short story, and is the title story for his collection on the Franco-Prussian War, entitled "Boule de Suif et Autres Contes de la Guerre" ("Boule de Suif and Other Stories of the War"). John Ford said that his film Stagecoach was in many ways a western rewrite of Boule de Suif.

Book cover (French) Contes du jour et de la nuit
Book cover Pierre and Jean
Book cover (French) Pierre et Jean
Book cover (French) Une vie
Book cover (French) Claire de Lune
Book cover (French) La Maison Tellier
Book cover (French) La Femme de Paul
Book cover (French) Mlle Fifi Nouveaux Contes
Book cover Mademoiselle Fifi
Book cover (French) La Main Gauche
Book cover (French) La vie errante
Book cover (French) L'inutile beauté
Book cover (French) Fort comme la mort
Book cover (French) Monsieur Parent Et autres histoires courtes
Book cover Une Vie, a Piece of String and Other Stories
Book cover (French) La petite roque
Book cover The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume 1
Book cover Quotes and Images From The Short Stories of Maupassant
Book cover Strong as Death
Book cover Yvette
Book cover Selected Writings of Guy De Maupassant
Book cover Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Book cover (Finnish) Elämän tarina
Book cover (German) Ausgewählte Novellen

Die Liebe und das Leben - in aller Leichtigkeit und Leidenschaft, mit ihren Abgründen und ihren Vergänglichkeit - das sind die Hauptthemen dieser Novellen. Von der Erotik des Augenblicks über die Düsternis des Wahnsinns bis zur bitteren Erkenntnis der Endlichkeit aller Dinge spannt sich der Bogen, in dem der meisterhafte Beobachter und Erzähler Maupassant die Tiefen des menschlichen Herzens auslotet. Maupassant hat etwa 300 Novellen geschrieben. Er gilt als einer der großen französischen Erzähler des 19. Jahrhunderts. (Zusammenfassung von Hokuspokus) Eine erweitere Fassung dieses Projekts gibt es hier.

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