New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590172605, 177pp.
Publication Date: December 1, 2009
Richard Howard's new English translation of this complex and brooding novel--the first in more than a hundred years--reveals the final, unexpected flowering of a great French realist's art.
Richard Howard was born in Cleveland in 1929. He is the author of fourteen volumes of poetry and has published more than one hundred fifty translations from the French, including works by Gide, Stendhal, de Beauvoir, Baudelaire, and de Gaulle. Howard received a National Book Award for his translation of "Fleurs du mal" and a Pulitzer Prize for "Untitled Subjects," a collection of poetry."
“A novel containing such inconceivably beautiful sentences, I would have liked to memorize some. Its psychology sees to the very core of people and, in spite of that, touches them as if with the hand of a kindly old physician.” —Walter Benjamin
“Alien Hearts is perhaps the book that one likes Maupassant best for. The author’s conception of love has sublimed itself into very nearly the true form of
the Canticles and Shakespeare.” —George Saintsbury
"Eminent translator Howard gives a leavened, modern feel to Maupassant's weary tale of a young aristocratic loser infatuated with an on-the-rise Parisian salon hostess." --Publishers Weekly
“Maupassant is the world’s most accomplished of narrators.” –Joseph Conrad
“[Maupassant] is brilliantly clever.” –Henry James
“[Maupassant] is so relentlessly artistic that he puts the fear of philosophy in your heart.” –The New York Times
"This is classic Maupassant, beautifully rendered by Howard." –Harper’s