Alien Hearts was the last novel that Maupassant completed before succumbing to the effects of tertiary syphilis of which he was to die at 43. It is the most original and surprising of his novels and the one in which he attains a truly tragic perception of the wounded human heart. Alien Hearts is the story of three lovers bound by bitterness as much as passion. Maupassant's artist hero falls for a woman of the world-a glacially dazzling beauty whose past with an abusive husband leads her to hold him-and everyone-at arm's length. He seeks solace with his doting mistress, but remains racked by pointless infatuation. Richard Howard's new English version of this complex and brooding psychological novel reveals the final, unexpected flowering of the great French realist's art.
Binding: Paperback, 232 pages ISBN: 9781590172605 Format: 203mm x 127mm