Author: Cobert, Harold

Publication Date:

February 2019



Original language and publisher

French | Les Escales

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French


Literary Fiction

Number of copies sold:



  • Prix Orange du Livre 2019 (finalist)


Author: Cobert, Harold


“A crazy gamble that has paid off in spades. A sumptuous pleasure to read!” — Tatiana de Rosnay

“A delight of reading and finesse.” — Point de Vue

“Harold Cobert dares to write a brilliant sequel to Maupassant’s “Bel Ami”” — Sud Ouest

“By avoiding the pitfall of imitation, the pen of Cobert, of which this is the ninth novel, slips with finesse into the world of Maupassant. Political-financial scandals, romantic intrigues, painting of the decadent Paris of the Third Republic… All the ingredients of the Norman master are distilled in Belle-Amie.” — Le Parisien

“A challenge met with brilliance from the pen of Harold Cobert.Great art! Grandiose, a challenge taken up and masterfully succeeded.” — Literary blog: Nath’s reading corner

How about a reunion with Georges Duroy, Maupassant’s famous “Bel-Ami”?
How will he continue his meteoric rise after his lavish marriage to Suzanne at the Madeleine? Following in the master’s footsteps, Harold Cobert delivers a possible sequel to Maupassant’s masterpiece.

After his lavish wedding in the Madeleine church in Paris, Georges Du Roy, Maupassant’s “Bel-Ami”, begins to dream of a career in politics. What if this world were to become his new playground, the arena of his all-consuming ambition?

Moving between journalistic and business circles, Du Roy intrigues like never before to gain access to the highest spheres of power. While campaigning for women’s rights, his wife Suzanne proves a valuable ally in this fierce struggle.

Following in the footsteps of the master, Harold Cobert takes us back to the Paris of the late 19th century with a breathtaking sequel to Maupassant’s masterpiece. It’s also a striking mirror of our times.

A tale of revenge worthy of the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas with a powerful female heroine. A constant wink at our times and the corruption and connivance between politicians, journalists, and the business world.

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