By Guy de Maupassant
Los mejores libros jamás escritos. El mayor logro de Maupassant como novelista: un bold retrato sobre una sociedad en declive.
Un joven apuesto llega a París procedente de Argelia, donde ha pasado dos años movilizado con el ejército. Su buena fortuna le proporciona un encuentro informal con un amigo de l. a. infancia que trabaja como periodista y le introduce en su círculo. El encanto own de Duroy, el protagonista, comienza a abrirle puertas... Pronto verá que los angeles lealtad no es el camino más rápido para ingresar en los angeles aristocracia; los angeles maquinación y los angeles seducción lo elevarán hasta las más altas esferas de París.
La presente edición, en traducción de Carlos de Arce, incluye un artículo escrito por el ganador del prestigioso Premio Goncourt Jean-Louis Bory y recoge escritos, tanto del autor como ajenos, sobre l. a. recepción en su época del mayor logro literario de man de Maupassant.
«Y si acaso enviuda, acuérdese de mi candidatura.»
Jean-Paul Sartre dijo...
«En el ascenso de Duroy entendemos el declive de toda una sociedad.»
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