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Available in English for the first time in more than a century, Like Death is an ideal introduction to Guy de Maupassant, the progenitor of the short story as we know it today.

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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. Above all, he is celebrated for his stories, which transformed and defined the genre for years. Richard Howard is the author of seventeen volumes of poetry, has published more than one hundred fifty translations from the French, and has received a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

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"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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