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

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