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Like Death

Guy de Maupassant


ISBN: 9781681370323
ANNOTATION:
Olivier Bertin is at the height of his career as a painter. After making his name with his Cleopatra, he went on to establish himself as "the chosen painter of the Parisiennes, the most adroit and ingenious artist to reveal their grace, their figures, and their souls. This title offers a devastating depiction of the treacherous nature of love.
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ISBN: 9781681370323
ANNOTATION:
Olivier Bertin is at the height of his career as a painter. After making his name with his Cleopatra, he went on to establish himself as "the chosen painter of the Parisiennes, the most adroit and ingenious artist to reveal their grace, their figures, and their souls. This title offers a devastating depiction of the treacherous nature of love.

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Olivier Bertin is at the height of his career as a painter. After making his name with his Cleopatra, he went on to establish himself as "the chosen painter of the Parisiennes, the most adroit and ingenious artist to reveal their grace, their figures, and their souls. This title offers a devastating depiction of the treacherous nature of love.

Publisher Description

An NYRB Classics Original. Olivier Bertin is at the height of his career as a painter. After making his name with his Cleopatra, he went on to establish himself as "the chosen painter of the Parisiennes, the most adroit and ingenious artist to reveal their grace, their figures, and their souls." And though his hair may be white, he remains a handsome, vigorous, and engaging bachelor, a prized guest at every table and salon. Anne, the comtesse de Guilleroy, is a youthful forty, the wife of a busy politician. The painter and the comtesse have been lovers for many years. Anne's daughter, Annette - the spitting image of her mother in her lovely youth - has finished her schooling and is returning to Paris. Her parents are putting together an excellent match. Everything is as it should be-until the painter and comtesse are each seized by an agonizing suspicion, like death...In its devastating depiction of the treacherous nature of love, Like Death is more than the equal of Swann's Way. Richard Howard's new translation brings out all the penetration and poetry of this masterpiece of nineteenth-century fiction.

Author Biography

de Maupassant was born of upper-middle-class parents in Normandy. He lived with his motehr at Etretat, a newly fashionable seaside resort. Having enrolled as a law student in 1869, he was called up after the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 and served as a quartermaster's clerk in Rouen. Following the war he left the army and eventually secured a post as a minor civil servant.

Review

"A story of love's descriptive irrational power--think Proust's 'Swann in Love'...Like other great psychological novelists (Henry James was an admirer, as was Tolstoy), Maupassant proves a master at the slow sea change of human emotions, and even more their complexity...[Maupassant] turns an impassioned chronicle of destructive love into a very modern-seeming portrait of aging, friendship, and loss." --Martin Riker, The Wall Street Journal "You can practically hear the rustling of the ladies' silks, or catch the sobs that are such a feature of the erotic lives of high society...And my God, is it sexy. This is a love in which intellect and emotion are at play at the same time. There is passion and there is calculation...Drink deeply of this intoxicating, heady work." --Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

"Maupassant is the world's most accomplished of narrators." --Joseph Conrad

"The psychoemotional precision of Maupassant in an elegant new translation...A finely shaded portrait of desire, will, and the complex entanglements of love, set against cutting social commentary from a realist master." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"A psychological novel par excellence." --Lorin Stein, Harper's

"[Maupassant] is so relentlessly artistic that he puts the fear of philosophy in your heart." --The New York Times

"Richard Howard's elegant translation of Like Death has the cool exactitude and passionate interplay of characters that readers expect from Guy de Maupassant, whose 1889 novel tells with ironic detachment and killing specificity the story of a portrait painter's great love." --Shelf Awareness

"[Maupassant] is brilliantly clever." --Henry James

"Maupassant is the world's most accomplished of narrators." --Joseph Conrad

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"A psychological novel par excellence."

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An NYRB Classics Original

Product Details

Author
Guy de Maupassant
Short Title
LIKE DEATH
Pages
336
Publisher
New York Review of Books
Language
English
Translator
Richard Howard
ISBN-10
1681370328
ISBN-13
9781681370323
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Residence
FR
Year
2017
Country of Publication
United States
Publication Date
2017-02-15
Audience
General/Trade