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Short Description for Butterball This is a new translation of this short story ('Boule de suif') by Maupassant, considered by many to be his finest story. The book also includes other short stories focussing on the lives of prostitutes.
- Published: 01 September 2003
- Format: Paperback 112 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781843910473 ISBN 10: 1843910470
- Sales rank: 544,814
Full description for Butterball
Butterball is Maupassant's most critically acclaimed short story. Set during the Franco-Prussian war, it is a sympathetic and original portrayal of a prostitute's mistreatment at the hands of a cold-hearted bourgeoisie. When Butterball's carriage is halted by Prussian soldiers, they demand her sexual services in ransom. Her fellow passengers - hitherto so disdainful of her company - are suddenly more than happy to benefit from her 'immoral' trade. But Butterball is a loyal French nationalist: and she refuses on principle to sleep with the enemy. Through the warmth and generosity of his prostitute heroine, Maupassant exposes the hypocrisy of the French middle-classes.