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Guy de Maupassant


Born in Fecamp, he witnesses as a child violent arguments between his parents and starts having psychological issues which would haunt him for the rest of his life and give him a disillusioned view of the world. In 1877 he quits his Civil Service job to enter the ‘Group de Medan’ created by Zola and commit entirely to writing. He was encouraged by Flaubert who shared his exigency in style and accuracy in description. He is rapidly successful and his sudden wealth allows him to travel and live a cosmopolitan life but he is haunted by the fear of madness suffered by his uncle, father and brother due to a hereditary brain disease. To escape his nightmares he tries to commit suicide in 1893 and finally dies in 1893.

Other novels

  1. -La Maison Tellier( 1881)

  2. -Une Vie (1883)

  3. -Belle Ami (1885)

  4. -Fort Comme La Mort (1889)

  5. -...


[Back cover translation] Through the story of a family that jealousy between two brothers is going to tear apart, Maupassant shows great skills as a raconteur, using subtlety and restraint in a very picturesque and energetic style which made him one of the greatest - and most modern - writer of French literature.

Pierre et Jean was first published in 1888


Pierre et Jean

Guy de Maupassant