La petite Roque

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Gallimard, 1987 - Family & Relationships - 214 pages
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La Petite Roque : une fillette violée et étranglée dont le facteur d'un village comme les autres découvre le cadavre lors de sa promenade matinale. " Quel gredin a bien pu faire un pareil coup dans ce pays-ci ? - Qui sait ? Tout le monde est capable de ça. Tout le monde en particulier et personne en général ". La folie chez Maupassant frappe où elle veut, quand elle veut. C'est elle qui précipite l'affreux Renardet (le maire de la commune) sur sa petite victime. Qui pousse une malheureuse servante à l'infanticide (Rosalie Prudent). Un vieux paysan à la pendaison lorsqu'il se sent dépossédé de son bien par le remariage de sa bru (Le Père Amable). Et, quand nous ne sommes pas fous, c'est la vie qui se charge de l'être pour nous : ainsi le héros de L'Ermite découvrira, en regardant une photo sur une cheminée, que la gentille serveuse avec laquelle il vient de passer la nuit est sa fille.

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Born on May 20, 1799, Honore de Balzac is considered one of the greatest French writers of all time. Balzac studied in Paris and worked as a law clerk while pursuing an unsuccessful career as an author. He soon accumulated enormous debts that haunted him most of his life. A prolific writer, Balzac would often write for 14 to-16 hours at a time. His writing is marked by realistic portrayals of ordinary, but exaggerated characters and intricate detail. In 1834, Balzac began organizing his works into a collection called The Human Comedy, an attempt to group his novels to present a complete social history of France. Characters in this project reappeared throughout various volumes, which ultimately consisted of approximately 90 works. Some of his works include Cesar Birotteau, Le Cousin Pons, Seraphita, and Le Cousine Bette. Balzac wed his lifelong love, Eveline Hanska in March 1850 although he was gravely ill at the time. Balzac died in August of that year.

Guy de Maupassant (1850--1893), after serving in the Franco-Prussian War, became close friends with Flaubert and his circle. He wrote hundreds of short stories as well as novels and verse. In his later years, he suffered from mental illness, and he died in an asylum.
Richard Howard, a poet, translator, and critic, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1951 and an M.A. in 1952. A growing interest in modern French poetry led to further graduate study at the Sorbonne from 1952 to 1953. Since 1958, he has translated more than 150 books and has earned recognition as one of the truly authoritative translators of modern French literature. His work reads like a list of France's leading writers, including Robbe-Grillet, de Beauvoir, Breton, Gide, Camus, Barthes, Reynard, Genet, and Cocteau.

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