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Cover of: Bel-Ami | Guy de Maupassant
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.I Quand la caissiere lui eut rendu la monnaie de sa piece de cent sous, Georges Duroy sortit du restaurant. Comme il portait beau, par nature et par pose d'ancien sous-officier, il cambra sa taille, frisa sa moustache d'un geste militaire et familier, et jeta sur les dineurs attardes un regard rapide et circulaire, un de ces regards de joli garcon qui s'etendent comme des coups d'epervier. Les femmes avaient leve la tete vers lui, trois petites ouvrieres, une maitresse de musique entre deux ages, mal peignee, negligee, coiffee d'un chapeau toujours poussiereux et vetue d'une robe toujours de travers, et deux bourgeoises avec leurs maris, habituees de cette gargote a prix fixe. Lorsqu'il fut sur le trottoir, il demeura un instant immobile se demandant ce qu'il allait faire. On etait au 28 juin, et il lui restait juste en poche trois francs quarante pour finir le mois. Cela representait deux diners sans dejeuners, ou deux dejeuners sans diners, au choix. Il reflechit que les repas du matin etant de vingt-deux sous, au lieu de trente que coutaient ceux du soir, il lui resterait, en se contentant des dejeuners, un franc vingt centimes de boni, ce qui representait encore deux collations au pain et au saucisson, plus deux bocks sur le boulevard. C'etait la sa grande depense et son grand plaisir des nuits, et il se mit a descendre la rue Notre-Dame de Lorette.

Maupassant's second novel, Bel-Ami (1885), is the story of a ruthlessly ambitious young man (Georges Duroy, christened "Bel-Ami" by his female admirers) making it to the top in fin-de-siecle Paris. It is a novel about money, sex, and power, set against the background of the politics of the French colonization of North Africa. It explores the dynamics of an urban society uncomfortably close to our own and is a devastating satire of the sleaziness of contemporary journalism. Bel-Ami enjoys the status of an authentic record of the apotheosis of bourgeois capitalism under the Third Republic. But the creative tension between its analysis of modern behavior and its identifiably late nineteenth-century fabric is one of the reasons why Bel-Ami remains one of the finest French novels of its time, as well as being recognized as Maupassant's greatest achievement as a novelist. - Back cover.

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132 editions First published in 1893

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2010, Vintage Classics
Bel-Ami
in English - 1st Vintage Classics ed.
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2010, Vintage Classics
Bel-Ami
in English - 1st Vintage Classics ed.
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October 5, 2010, Vintage
Bel Ami (Vintage Classics)
Paperback
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3 April 2010, Nabu Press
Bel-Ami:103 Illus
Paperback in French
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2009, The Floating Press
Bel Ami
eBook in English
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2009, eBooksLib
Bel-Ami
E-book in French
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November 1, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Bel Ami
Paperback in English
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November 1, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Bel Ami (Large Print Edition)
Paperback in English
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October 9, 2006, Echo Library
Bel Ami
Paperback in English - Lrg edition (Large print edition)
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December 2006, Larousse Kingfisher Chambers
Bel Ami
Mass Market Paperback in French
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November 3, 2006, Hard Press
Bel Ami
Paperback in English
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November 1, 2006, ReadHowYouWant.com
Bel Ami [EasyRead Large Edition]
Paperback in English - Lrg edition
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November 1, 2006, ReadHowYouWant.com
Bel Ami [EasyRead Edition]
Paperback in English
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March 30, 2006, Ediciones Catedra S.A.
Bel Ami
Paperback in Spanish - 2 edition
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May 30, 2005, IndyPublish.com
Bel Ami
Hardcover in English
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May 30, 2005, IndyPublish.com
Bel Ami
Paperback in English
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June 30, 2004, Kessinger Publishing
Bel Ami
Paperback in English
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March 1, 2003, Wildside Press
Bel Ami
Hardcover in English
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September 1, 2003, Wildside Press
Bel Ami
Paperback in English
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March 2002, IndyPublish.com
Bel Ami
Paperback in English
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March 1, 2002, Manesse
Bel- Ami.
Hardcover in German
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May 1, 2002, Goldmann
Bel Ami.
Paperback
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February 2002, IndyPublish.com
Bel Ami
Hardcover in English
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2002, Corriere della Sera - I Grandi Romanzi, 2002.
Bel-ami
in Italian
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May 15, 2001, Debate
Bel Ami
Paperback in Spanish
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December 1, 2001, Dtv
Bel Ami.
Paperback
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2001, Oxford University Press
Bel-Ami
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March 1, 2001, Artemis & Winkler
Bel Ami.
Hardcover in German
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January 1, 2000, French & European Pubns
Bel Ami
Audio Cassette
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January 1, 2000, Langensch.-Hachette, M
Bel-Ami
Paperback
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January 1, 2000, Neuer Kaiser V., Klf.
Bel Ami.
Paperback
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April 30, 2000, Laventurine
Bel Ami
Paperback
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January 1, 2000, French and European Publishing, Inc.
Bel Ami
Audio Cassette
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January 1, 1999, Gallimard-Jeunesse
Bel-Ami
Mass Market Paperback in French
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July 13, 1999, Gallimard
Bel Ami
Paperback in French
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June 4, 1999, Actes Sud-Papiers
Bel-Ami
Paperback in French
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June 17, 1999, Flammarion
Bel- Ami
Mass Market Paperback in French - ED. AVEC DOSSIER edition
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January 1, 1998, Pocket
Bel Ami
Mass Market Paperback in French
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1996, Au sans pareil
Bel-ami
in French
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1993, Bookking International
Bel-Ami
in French
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February 1991, Alianza
Bel Ami
Paperback in Spanish
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1990, Presses pocket
Bel-ami
in French
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1989, ENAG
Bel-Ami
in French
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November 1, 1989, French & European Pubns
Bel Ami
Paperback
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1988, Garnier
Bel-Ami
in French
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1988, Penguin Books
Bel-Ami
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1985, Gallimard
Bel-ami
in English
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1983, Librairie Générale Française
Bel-ami
in French
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1979, Impr. nationale
Bel-ami
in French
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August 1, 1979, Livre De Poche French
Bel Ami
Mass Market Paperback in French
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1979, Tallandier
Bel-Ami.
in French
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1977, Albin Michel
Bel-ami.
in French
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January 1, 1977, Insel, Frankfurt
Bel Ami.
Paperback in German
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1975, Penguin
Bel-ami
in English
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1975, Penguin
Bel-Ami
in English
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January 1, 1974, Reclam, Ditzingen
Bel Ami.
Paperback in German
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1973, Gallimard
Bel-Ami
in French
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1973, Gallimard
Bel-Ami
in French
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1973, Folio
Bel-ami.
in English
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1973, Gallimard
Bel-Ami
in French
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1973, Gallimard
Bel-Ami.
in French
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1971, Garnier
Bel Ami
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1971, Edito Service); distribuito da Orpheus libri
Bel-Ami.
in Italian
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1971, Garnier
Bel-Ami.
in French - 2. imp.
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1970, Shinchōsha
Berami
in Japanese
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1969, Albin Michel
Bel-ami
in French
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1968, Heritage Press
Bel-Ami
in English
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1968, Heritage Press
Bel-Ami
in English
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1968, Heritage Press
Bel-Ami
in English
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1968, Limited Editions Club
Bel-Ami.
in English
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1968, Heritage Press
Bel-Ami
in English
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1967, Albin Michel
Bel-ami
in French
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1966, Garnier
Bel-Ami.
in French - Edition illustrée]
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1966, Le Trésor des Lettres Françaises
Bel Ami.
in French
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1966, Garnier
Bel-Ami.
in French - Edition illustrée]
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1965, A. Michel
Bel-ami
in French
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1964, Socie te Coope rative E ditions Rencontre
Bel-ami
in French
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1964, Michel
Bel-ami.
in English
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1961, Penguin
Bel-Ami
in English
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1961, Penguin
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in English
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1961, Penguin
Bel-ami
in English
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1961, Penguin Books
Bel-ami.
in English
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1959, Garnier Freres
Bel-ami.
in French
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1959, Garnier
Bel-ami.
in French
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1959, Garnier
Bel-ami.
in French - Éd. illustrée]
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1959, Garnier Frères
Bel-ami
in French
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1959, Garnier frer̀es
Bel-Ami.
in French
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1959, Éditions Garnier frères
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1959, Garnier Freres
Bel-ami
in French - Éd.illustreé.
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1959, Garnier Frères
Bel-Ami.
in French
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1958, Folio Society
Bel-ami
in English
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1958, Albin Michel
Bel-ami
in French
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June 1956, French & European Pubns
Bel Ami
Paperback in English
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1955, Folio Society
Bel-Ami
in English
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1955, Folio Society
Bel-Ami
in English
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1955, Folio Society
Bel-Ami
in English
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1948, Werner Laurie
Bel-Ami
in English
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1948, Hamilton
Bel-Ami
in English
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1947, Avon Book Company
Bel Ami
in English
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1947, Calmann-Levy
Bel-ami
in French
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1928, L. Conard
Bel-ami
in French
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1928, Conard
Bel-ami.
in French
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1928, L. Conard
Bel-ami
in French
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1923, Thompson-Barlow
Bel ami
in English
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1911, Classic
Bel ami
in English
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1910, The Pearson Publishing Co.
Bel-ami
in English
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1910, L. Conard
Bel-ami.
in French
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1910, L. Conrad
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in French
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1910, L. Conrad
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in French
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1910, P. Ollendorff
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in French
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1902, Louis Conard
Bel-ami.
in French
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1901, P. Ollendorff
Bel-ami.
in French
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1901, Ollendorff
Bel-ami
in French
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1901, P. Ollendorff
Bel-ami.
in French
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1901, Ollendorff
Bel-ami
in French
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1900, Ollendorff
Bel-ami
in French
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1900, Brentano's
Bel-Ami
in English
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1900, E. Flammarion
Bel-ami.
in French
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1900, Brentano's
Bel-Ami
in English
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1900, Michel
Bel-ami.
in French
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1895, E. Flammarion
Bel-ami
in French
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1895, Socie te d'E ditions Litte raires et Artistiques, Ollendorff
Bel-ami
in French
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1895, P. Ollendorff
Bel-ami.
in French
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1894, Victor-Havard
Bel-Ami
in French - 77. éd.
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1893, V. Havard
Bel-ami.
in French
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19uu, Hebrew Pub. Co.
Der blonder yunger manṭshiḳ
in Yiddish
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Publish date unknown, Gallimard French
Bel Ami
Mass Market Paperback in French
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Publish date unknown, Albin Michel
Bel-Ami
in French
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Publish date unknown, Folio Society
Bel-Ami
in English

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