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  • Published: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9781681370323
  • Imprint: NY Review Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $40.00
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Like Death


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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.

  • Pub date: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9781681370323
  • Imprint: NY Review Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $40.00

About the Author

Guy De Maupassant

Guy de Maupassant was born in Normandy in 1850. At his parents' separation he stayed with his mother, who was a friend of Flaubert. As a young man he was lively and athletic, but the first symptoms of syphilis appeared in the late 1870s. By this time Maupassant had become Flaubert's pupil in the art of prose. On the publication of the first short story to which he put his name, 'Boule de suif', he left his job in the civil service and his temporary alliance with the disciples of Zola at Médan, and devoted his energy to professional writing. In the next eleven years he published dozens of articles, nearly three hundred stories and six novels, the best known of which are A Woman's LifeBel-Ami and Pierre and Jean. He led a hectic social life, lived up to his reputation for womanizing and fought his disease. By 1889 his friends saw that his mind was in danger, and in 1891 he attempted suicide and was committed to an asylum in Paris, where he died two years later.

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Praise for Like Death

“"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 "[Maupassant] is brilliantly clever." —Henry James "Maupassant is the world’s most accomplished of narrators." —Joseph Conrad”


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