World’s Best Short Stories: Boule de Suif

Guy de Maupassant (1850-93) is widely regarded as the greatest of all French short story writers; his extensive output characteristically adopts a realistic approach to various social relationships and situations and describes their effects and implications with wisdom, humanity and warmth. This is particularly true of his well-known tale Boule de Suif, which title refers to a young female sex worker with a nickname meaning something like ‘Ball of Lard,’ which is indicative of both her appearance and her social situation.

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