Alien Hearts

byGuy de MaupassantTranslated byRichard HowardPreface byRichard Howard

December 1, 2009|
Alien Hearts by Guy de Maupassant
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Alien Hearts was the last book that Guy de Maupassant finished before his death at the early age of forty-three. It is the most original and psychologically penetrating of his several novels, and the one in which he attains a truly tragic perception of the wounded human heart. André Mariolle is a rich, handsome, gifted young man who cannot settle on what to do with himself. Madame de Burne, a glacially dazzling beauty, wants Mariolle to attend her exclusive salon for artists, composers, writers, and other intellectuals. At first Mariolle keeps his distance, but then he hits on the solution to all his problems: caring for nothing in particular, he will devote himself to being in love; Madame de Burne will be his everything. Soon lover and beloved are equally lost within a hall of mirrors of their common devising.

Richard Howard’s new English translation of this complex and brooding novel—the first in more than a hundred years—reveals the final, unexpected flowering of a great French realist’s art.
Guy de Maupassant (1850–1893), journalist, novelist, poet, memoirist, playwright, and short-story writer, was one of the most notable men of letters of nineteenth-century France. He was born in Normandy to a middle-class family that had adopted the noble “de” prefix only a generation earlier. An indifferent student, Maupassant enlisted...
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Title:Alien HeartsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:200 pages, 7.98 X 5.01 X 0.43 inShipping dimensions:200 pages, 7.98 X 5.01 X 0.43 inPublished:December 1, 2009Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590172604

ISBN - 13:9781590172605

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