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Une vie
Une vie

Une vie also known as L'Humble Vérité is the first novel written by Guy de Maupassant. It was serialised in 1883 in the Gil Blas, then published in book form the same year as L'Humble Vérité.

It was the basis for the 1958 film One Life, directed by Alexandre Astruc,[1] an award-winning 2016 film directed by Stéphane Brizé,[2] as well as a 2019 play directed by Arnaud Denis and starring Clémentine Célarié.


Leo Tolstoy called Une Vie "an excellent novel, not only incomparably the best novel by Maupassant, but almost the best French novel since Hugo's Les Misérables."[3]


  1. ^ "Une vie". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Cinéma: le prix Louis Delluc décerné à "Une vie" de Stéphane Brizé". France24 (in French). 14 December 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  3. ^ "The Works of Guy de Maupassant". Retrieved 2 August 2015.