Paperback Boule de Suif and other stories / Guy de Maupassant ; translated by Andrew Brown.
Publication year: 2018
Publisher: Richmond, Surrey : Alma Classics,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781847497642 1847497640
Translated from the French.
Here presented with other five short stories focussing on the lives of prostitutes, Boule de Suif is a story about food, sex and politics. A carriage transporting ten passengers fleeing from Rouen is stopped at a village inn by Prussian soldiers, who decide to detain them until one of their party, the prostitute Boule de Suif, consents to sleep with their officer. When Boule de Suif refuses to do so on account of her principles and patriotic sentiments, the solidarity initially manifested by her fellow travellers becomes increasingly tested as the deadlock continues, and the strained relationship between her and her "respectable" counterparts gradually worsens. A scathing satire of bourgeois prejudice and hypocrisy and a compelling snapshot of France during the 1870 Franco-Prussian War, `Boule de Suif' - here presented with five other major stories by the author of Bel Ami - was declared a masterpiece by Flaubert and is widely considered to be Maupassant's finest short story.
Original title: Short stories. English
Series title: Alma classics
vii, 103 pages ; 20 cm.