Salon littéraire: La Parure et autres nouvelles

Date: 10 Jun 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

3PM - 4PM

Join us at the AFSeattle Library for our second Salon littéraire. This time, we will revisit a classic: Maupassant and his short stories displaying the art of suspense, sudden reversal of situations and surprising outcomes.

As a reminder, the discussion is recommended for French speakers at level A2+ (upper intermediate) or above. However, participants are welcome to read the book in English if they prefer.

Free for AF members / $5 for non-member. Please RSVP below!

The Book

La Parure et autres nouvelles (Sur l'eau; La Légende du Mont Saint-Michel) dives into the most prosaic and mundane preoccupations of simple people. From the eerie night life of a river to the folklore of Norman peasantry, these three stories will transport you into the cruel, sometimes supernatural world of Maupassant.

The Author

Guy de Maupassant was a prolific French writer from the naturalist movement in the 19th century. Disciple of Flaubert and Zola, he explores in his short stories the little dramas and daily preoccupations of ordinary people. Maupassant’s most important works are Une Vie, Bel-Ami, Boule de Suif. Suffering from mental illness and syphilis,he dies at 42 years old, leaving behind more than three hundred short stories and six novels.

Where to find a copy

To explore further: find the short film La Parure on Youtube, adapted from Maupassant's story.

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