Ball of Fat
Sprache - Englisch
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In 'Ball of Fat,' Guy de Maupassant weaves a piercing narrative set against the backdrop of the Franco-Prussian War, encapsulating a poignant social commentary within a brief but evocative literary form. With the precision characteristic of his style, Maupassant employs irony and keen observation to unveil the hypocrisies and moral complexities of his characters, representative of the stratified French society of his time. The story's unwavering realism and the deft portrayal of the protagonist, Elisabeth Rousset—known as 'Boule de Suif'—amplify the dramatic tension between individual ethics and collective behavior, offering a microcosmic scrutiny of wartime ethos and civilian resilience.
Guy de Maupassant, a master of the short story genre, was celebrated for his unembellished prose and remarkable narrative brevity. Under the tutelage of Gustave Flaubert, Maupassant honed his craft, depicting the variegated landscapes of human experience with stark honesty and psychological depth. 'Ball of Fat,' his seminal work, not only secured his literary fame but also reflected his discernment of the societal dissonance heightened by war—a theme undoubtedly influenced by his personal acquaintance with the grim realities of conflict during his service in the Franco-Prussian War.
For enthusiasts of classic literature and aficionados of historical narratives, 'Ball of Fat' presents an unmissable journey into the heart of human contradictions. Maupassant's storytelling prowess ensures that readers are not mere spectators but are immersed in the moral quandaries and emotional turmoil that define the human condition. This tale is a testament to the enduring power of literature to reflect the perennial struggles of society and the timeless complexity of the human psyche.
About the Author
Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant, widely known as Guy de Maupassant, is considered one of France's greatest short story writers. Born on August 5, 1850, in the Normandy region of France, de Maupassant was a protégé of Gustave Flaubert, who guided his early writing and introduced him to literary circles. De Maupassant's literary career spanned a little over a decade, yet in that time, he wrote six novels, over 300 short stories, and a variety of poems, travel books, and essays. His literature is characterized by its economy of style, precision of language, and a pessimistic worldview often associated with Naturalism and Realism. De Maupassant's masterful short stories typically capture the complexity of human experience with irony and psychological depth, which can be seen in his first published story and subsequent masterpiece, 'Boule de Suif' ('Ball of Fat'), 1880. This novella, which was part of the collection 'Les Soirées de Medan,' poignantly critiques the social hypocrisy of the Franco-Prussian War era. Although de Maupassant's literary acclaim continues to rest primarily on his short fiction, his novels, such as 'Une Vie' (1883) and 'Bel-Ami' (1885), are also celebrated for their insightful depictions of French society. Plagued by recurring mental illness, de Maupassant's career was cut short, and he died in a private clinic on July 6, 1893. His powerful influence on the short story genre is undimmed, and generations of writers have cited him as a key influence.
Genre: Sprache - Englisch
Size: 300 Pages
Filesize: 209.6 KB
Published: Nov. 13, 2022