Cuentos esenciales (Penguin Clásicos) by Guy de Maupassant

By Guy de Maupassant

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El presente volumen recoge el cuerpo esencial de l. a. narrativa de man de Maupassant, considerado el maestro del relato breve francés decimonónico. El portentoso talento del autor francés, discípulo literario de Flaubert y miembro relevante del grupo de jóvenes escritores naturalistas que se formó alrededor de Zola, encontró su forma perfect en el cuento, género que consolidó, renovó y en el que no tiene rival. Realista, romántico, fantasmagórico, terrorífico, fantástico o poético, Maupassant transitó en sus cuentos por todos los caminos de los angeles imaginación.

Los cuentos aquí incluidos, seleccionados por Marie-Helène Badoux y traducidos por José Ramón Monreal, se acompañan de un apéndice que incluye tres reseñas que en su día escribieron Henry James, Lev Tolstói y Joseph Conrad sobre los angeles obra de Maupassant.

«¡Espejo de las cosas y espejo de los hechos, cada ser humano se convierte en un pequeño universo dentro del universo!»

La crítica ha dicho...
«Estos Cuentos esenciales proporcionan un placer tan seguro como desasosegante.»
Manuel Hidalgo, El Mundo

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Preceding the readings are substantial suppers accompanied by plenty of alcohol. After each member reads his original 舠brief prose tale舡 (a hit at some best-selling author舗s typical theme and form), critiques follow. Poe once wrote that these critical interchanges were meant to enliven comedy in the project: Voiced by pretentious would-be authors, each tale is delivered by a first-person narrator, a caricature of an actual popular author represented. Because the author-reader of the worst tale hosts the next meeting, and because one of the group has his works successively targeted, someone in the group eventually becomes enraged, flees to a publisher with the manuscripts, and hurries them into print as an expose, for revenge.

Many misunderstandings concerning Poe舗s poems need correcting. Among them is the notion that 舠The Sleeper舡 (titled 舠Irene舡 when it originally appeared in the 1831 Poems) is grotesque, and that it may betray a necrophiliac strain in Poe himself. The poem has continued as a popular standard selection in anthologies, and it is neither insignificant nor revolting. Rather than betraying any personal emotions or proclivities of its author, 舠The Sleeper舡 treats a situation more commonplace in Poe舗s era than in our own and is accompanied by the subtle unfolding of a bereaved lover舗s psychology.

Canadian bor der is formalized. Mary Shelley publishes Frankenstein. 1819Following the collapse of the London tobacco market, John Allan舗s London business closes under the strain of unpaid debts. S. Savannah becomes the first steam-powered ship to cross the Atlantic. Walt Whitman and Herman Melville are born. Walter Scott publishes Ivanhoe. 1820The Allans return to America, arriving in New York in July be fore continuing on to Richmond. 1821Edgar enrolls in the school of Joseph H. Clarke. He begins writing poetry, composing one of his earliest surviving poems, 舠O, Tempora!

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