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Olivier Bertin is at the height of his career as a painter. After making his name with his Cleopatra, he went on to establish himself as “the chosen painter of the Parisiennes, the most adroit and ingenious artist to reveal their grace, their figures, and their souls.” And though his hair may be white, he remains a handsome, vigorous, and engaging bachelor, a prized guest ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 315 pages
Published October 11th 1989 by LGF (first published 1888)
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Άσμα ασμάτων.

Βάλε με σφραγίδα στην καρδιά σου,
ωσάν σφραγίδα στο μπράτσο σου·
είναι δυνατή η αγάπη σαν το θάνατο
και σκληρός ο πόθος σαν τον άδη·
οι σπίθες της είναι σπίθες της φωτιάς,
φλόγα του Θεού.
Νερά ποτάμια δεν μπορούν
να σβήσουν την αγάπη.
 
(μετάφραση Γιώργος Σεφέρης)

«Δυνατός σαν το θάνατο». «Κραταιά ως θάνατο».
Ο τίτλος του βιβλίου προέρχεται απο το Άσμα ασμάτων.

Αρχικά η ιστορία του Μωπασσάν σε αυτό το βιβλίο δεν είναι κάτι το ξεχωριστό. Μοιάζει τετριμμένη και απλή ερωτική ιστορία. Σταδιακά
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Edward
Translator's Preface

--Like Death
Yani
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Había empezado a leerlo creyendo que iba a ser una novela naturalista más, de esas a las que estoy tan acostumbrada, que pocas veces me sorprenden. Mientras avanzaba con la lectura, me di cuenta de que Fuerte como la muerte no es del montón y, además, de que Maupassant siempre demuestra por qué es uno de mis autores preferidos.

La novela cuenta la historia de Olivier Bertin, un pintor de París que se enamora de una mujer durante las sesiones en las que debía retratarla. A pesar de que Annette e
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MJ Nicholls
Maupassant, a master of the fin de siècle potboiler, meanders along in this entertaning if inessential contribution to a corpus of cherubic French classics. The plot takes second place to the stylish prose, elevating a rather ho-hum tale of a painter’s unfortunate infatuation with a countess’s daughter to, according to the translator, Proustian levels.
Janez
Un Maupassant peu connu et un peu différent de ce qu'on peut attendre de lui. Cette fois, Maupassant nous montre le mélange du monde parisien aristocratique et artistique, avec une excursion dans sa Normandie bien-aimée. Son analyse profonde et lucide de l'amour (je croyais lire Proust) a pour le résultat que l'amour est un sentitment aussi (sinon plus) fort comme la mort.
Isabelle
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Reading Maupassant is always a treat.
I cannot think of any writer whose style is quite as impeccable, whose understanding of and compassion for human nature are deeper.
This is one of his lesser known novels, one that takes place in the Parisian "High Society" of the time, a social group he usually shows little affection for. However, under his pen, adultery turns into a life-long passion with beautiful qualities of endurance, loyalty, commitment, honesty and compassion.
As usual, Maupassant force
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Chris
Feb 2017 NYRB Book Club Selection

I enjoy Maupassant's short stories, and this was the first longer work of his that I read. At times, I felt it was almost too long, but it is an excellent look at love and value.
Laura
4* Bel-Ami
3* Mouche Et Autres Nouvelles
4* Pierre et Jean
3* La Parure
3* Clair de Lune
4* A Woman's Life
4* Afloat
3* The Inn
4* Like Death
TR Mont-Oriol
TR Notre Coeur or A Woman's Pastime
TR Two Friends
TR The Diary of a Madman
TR Alien Hearts
TR A Parisian Affair and Other Stories
TR Selected Short Stories
L J Field
There are two main themes to this novel. The main plot is as follows: an artist is involved in a twelve year affair with a married woman. She became his mistress at a very young age, while the artist is certainly a decade or more older than she. As the time passes, the two fall into a relaxed relationship, now shorn of the heated sexuality with which it had begun. At this time the daughter of the mistress, who has been living with her grandmother, returns home. The artist, upon seeing her, finds ...more
J.W. Dionysius Nicolello
Shout out to the guy working at the Strand who had the last copy in on hold for himself and gave it to yrstruly instead. I commend ye.
Nancy
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elegantly translated from the French by Richard Howard, Guy de Maupassant's novel Like Death is set in late 19th c Paris but probes the human heart in a timeless revelation of the foibles of love.

"Fixed ideas have the gnawing tenacity of incurable diseases. Once within a soul they devour it..."

Oliver Bertin, rich, famous, and the recipient of many honors, had earned early fame with his painting Cleopatra. Early success curtailed his talent. Now on the threshold of old age, having painted all the
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Kaloyana
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Голям кеф е да четеш Мопасан. В книгата се разказва за един художник, неговата дългогодишна любовница и за това как той се влюбва в дъщеря ѝ на една по-деликатна възраст. Оттам нататък всичко се случва в душите им, в кръвта им. Мопасан както винаги успява много изкусно да предаде чувствата, които бушуват, тресат, раздират и погубват. Нещо, което е доста трудно постижимо за доста писатели.
Страшен финес има в писането му, непрекъснато се чудя как намира точните думи, метафори, изрази. Описва неоп
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Karel Alleene
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fictie
Onderweg in deze roman moest ik denken aan Oscar Wildes 'The picture of Dorian Gray' (dat twee jaar na dit boek verscheen): de thematiek vertoont een stevige gelijkenis. In de twee werken zijn de schilderijen belangrijke verhaalmotieven, in beide romans vormen ze de opmaat voor een hellerit.

Je krijgt de indruk dat de Maupassant zijn toenmalige lezerspubliek wou behagen met een liefdesverhaal dat nog het meeste weg heeft van een episode van The bold and the beautiful, Goede tijden/slechte tijden
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James Murphy
I think in order to enjoy this novel one has to surrender to and accept the intense sensibilities of its characters. The plotline itself, an established artist and valued member of Parisian society falls in love with his lover's daughter newly returned to the city, will arouse our skepticism. The flow of the story is of a foolish attraction leading to unlikely decisions and an implausible ending. The conflict of Olivier Bertin is a bit far-fetched for our times, and this fact throws the whole in ...more
Markus
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fort comme la Mort
Guy de Maupassant (1850 – 1893)
Sur un fond inhabituel pour Maupassant, Paris et le grand monde, hôtel particulier et château à la campagne.
L’auteur nous fait vivre une passion adultère entre une belle comtesse et un séduisant jeune peintre. Le portrait de la comtesse ouvre le récit.
L’idylle dure quinze ans, le temps fait son œuvre : lassitude, embonpoint, rides, cheveux blancs.
Une crise se déclenche avec l’arrivée de la fille de notre belle dame. Âgée de dix-huit ans, elle est
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Daniel Vargas
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not what I'd expected to find when reading this novel. After a thrilling The Horla and a delucious Bel Ami, a story gnawing on the miseries of maturity was a bit uninteresting.
Erika Schoeps
An eerie, quiet romantic drama.

A society painter falls in love with a married society woman. A large chunk of the novel showcases their blossoming romance, which is interesting even though there's no surprise as to what is going to happen next. We know that they are going to fall madly in love -- it's still enjoyable with climactic, heated, interesting interactions that stretch out who the characters are.

The novel gets more intense as another character is added to their affair and various other
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GONZA
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maupassant is, in my opinion, one of the best writer to depict the various faces of love and the despair that usually goes along with it. Olivier is not a character I would easily forget in his being so human and so stereotypical exactly like Anne and their story is not something special, still the book is almost unforgettable. The words used by Maupassant have the capacity to give beauty to something so trivial that's unbelievable. A must read.

Secondo me Maupassant é uno degli scrittori piú bra
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Lysergius
I think I would characterise this as a 18th century romance. The gist of the tale is the ease with which the protagonist, a famous portrait painter, transfers his love to the daughter of his ageing mistress. This is conveyed more by suggestion than overt statement, but nevertheless the lament for lost youth, that of his mistress and his own colours the final section of the novel.
Paula
The description on the back of this book tries to make you believe that the story is a deep and complex one about the capricious nature of love. But it's really just about one man's mid-life crisis. They just didn't have a name for it in the late 1800's.
Olivier Bertin is a celebrated painter who has been in a committed, though adulterous, relationship with the Countess de Guilleroy for over 12 years. Theirs is a settled, comfortable romance at this point; she always refers to him as "dear friend
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Caterina Alvarez Fagelson
Human folly at its best with tragic outcomes. I loved it. Two close third person perspectives with an omniscient narrator allows the reader to know everything they could want about these characters and their torrid situation. De Maupassant is a master storyteller. Don't read the introduction first, it is full of spoilers.
Samuel
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Beautifully written and/or translated. Psychologically insightful (and at times approaching aphorism), but largely morally bankrupt. Whether this reflects the author's perspective or merely his realistic observation of the French aristocratic milieu I'm not certain.
Tony
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A whole range of human emotions on display here as Maupassant lays bare the long standing love affair between the Artist and the Countess: Love, jealousy, mid-life crises, the attractions of youth, involuntary attractions and memories.
Milena
Ah, yes. Maupassant in all his perfection.
Chris Timmons
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A writer of the most exquisite charm. An astute observer of the social world as it is and human nature as it plays out.
Daniil Lanovyi
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's to the irony of the title.
Elise
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5
SergioMar
Un gran escritor puede permitirse alguna que otra obra menor. Las vicisitudes amorosas entre Olivier Bertin y Anne de Guilleroy llegan a tal nivel de edulcorada monotonía que ha desembocado irremediablemente a la pérdida de mi paciencia como lector. A pesar de sus sombras, el texto tiene también sus luces. Al fin y al cabo, es Maupassant:

“…también en el fondo de los viejos frascos de colonia había encontrado a menudo parcelas de su existencia; y todos los olores errantes, los de las calles, los
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Lisa
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like Death (Fort comme la Mort), the fifth novel of Guy de Maupassant, renowned for his huge oeuvre of short stories, is the reason why I retrieved John D. Lyons’ French Literature, a Very Short Introduction from my TBR. Having read my way all through Balzac’s La Comedie Humane and Zola’s Rougon-Macquart Cycle, and sampled a few other well-known classic French authors I belatedly thought it was about time I found something to put these works into context. But alas, Maupassant doesn’t rate a ment ...more
Francine Maessen
This book was incredible!

I've read some short stories by Guy the Maupassant which I really liked, but I was afraid that a novel might turn out a whole lot slower than those stories (we're talking 1889 here). Well, I was worried for nothing: this book is a real nice pageturner, great rythm.

Furthermore, the storyline itself was amazing! The characters were aimable, intelligent, human. I especially like how strong the female characters were. Ofcourse the book is about an affair, so about a relation
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Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was a popular 19th-century French writer. He is one of the fathers of the modern short story. A protege of Flaubert, Maupassant's short stories are characterized by their economy of style and their efficient effortless dénouement. He also wrote six short novels. A number of his stories often denote the futility of war and the innocent civilians who get crushed i ...more
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“Le coeur peut s'émouvoir souvent à la rencontre d'un autre être,car chacun exerce sur chacun des attractions et des répulsions.Toutes ces influences font naître l'amitié,les caprices,des envies de possession,des ardeurs vives et passagères,mais non pas l'amour véritable.Pour qu'il existe cet amour,il faut que les deux êtres soient tellement nés l'un pour l'autre,se trouvent accrochés l'un à l'autre par tant de points,par tant de goûts pareils,par tant d'affinités de chair,de l'esprit,du caractère,se sentent liés par tant de choses de toute nature,que cela forme un faisceau d'attaches.” 7 likes
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