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Butterball (2003) [Collection]
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Set during the Franco-Prussian war, Butterball is a sympathetic portrayal of a prostitute’s mistreatment at the hands of a cold-hearted bourgeoisie. It is published here with a selection of stories about prostitutes, making this a unique collection. When Butterball’s carriage is halted by Prussian soldiers, they demand her sexual services as ransom. Her fellow passengers—hitherto 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 to sleep with the enemy. Through the warmth and generosity of his heroine, Maupassant exposes the hypocrisy of the French middle class.


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Original title: Butterball
Original languages: French


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

The following works are contained within this one:
     Boule de Suif (1880) [Novella]
      Author: Guy de Maupassant

Edition #1: Butterball

Butterball (2003)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Andrew Brown
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Butterball (May 1, 2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Hesperus Press
ISBN: 1843910470
Dimensions: 3.9 x 8.6 x 0.4 in
Pages: 128

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