By Guy de Maupassant
Georges Duroy, dit Bel-Ami, est un jeune homme au body avantageux. Le hasard d'une rencontre le met sur l. a. voie de l'ascension sociale. Malgré sa vulgarité et son lack of expertise, cet arriviste parvient au sommet par l'intermédiaire de ses maîtresses et du journalisme. Cinq héroïnes vont journey à journey l'initier aux mystères du métier, aux secrets and techniques de l. a. mondanité et lui assurer l. a. réussite qu'il espère. Dans cette société parisienne en pleine growth capitaliste et coloniale, que Maupassant dénonce avec strength parce qu'il los angeles connaît bien, les femmes éduquent, conseillent, œuvrent dans l'ombre. l. a. presse, l. a. politique, l. a. finance s'entremêlent. Mais derrière les combines politiques et financières, l'érotisme intéressé, l. a. mort est là qui veille, et avec elle, l'angoisse que chacun porte au fond de lui-même.
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Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant