"Bola de Sebo" ("Boule de Suif") is the title of the story that encumbra to the French author Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893), who uses a subtle irony to tell his story. Published in 1880, his argument develops during the occupation of France in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.
This story was published for the first time on April 16, 1880, as part of the anthology of stories entitled Las Veladas de MÃ©dan, in which, among others, the father of naturalism Ã‰mile Zola participated.
Fierce account that in an ironic and mocking way, exposes the decline and hypocrisy of French society in the late nineteenth century. Maupassant knew both the high sphere of society as well as the lower circles of it, being "Tallow Ball" the short story where he exposes the French condition. It is also a fierce attack on the attitude of French society before the Prussian occupation after the defeat in the war of 1870, because the only character in the story that shows anger and patriotism before the attitude of the conquerors of their land is a prostitute, in the face of the submission and interested indolence of the bourgeoisie, the aristocracy, the clergy and the presumed revolutionaries.