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Émile Zola (1840–1902)

Autor(a) de Germinal

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About the Author

Zola was the spokesperson for the naturalist novel in France and the leader of a school that championed the infusion of literature with new scientific theories of human development drawn from Charles Darwin (see Vol. 5) and various social philosophers. The theoretical claims for such an approach, mostrar mais which are considered simplistic today, were outlined by Zola in his Le Roman Experimental (The Experimental Novel, 1880). He was the author of the series of 20 novels called The Rougon-Macquart, in which he attempted to trace scientifically the effects of heredity through five generations of the Rougon and Macquart families. Three of the outstanding volumes are L'Assommoir (1877), a study of alcoholism and the working class; Nana (1880), a story of a prostitute who is a femme fatale; and Germinal (1885), a study of a strike at a coal mine. All gave scope to Zola's gift for portraying crowds in turmoil. Today Zola's novels have been appreciated by critics for their epic scope and their visionary and mythical qualities. He continues to be immensely popular with French readers. His newspaper article "J'Accuse," written in defense of Alfred Dreyfus, launched Zola into the public limelight and made him the political conscience of his country. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Émile Zola

Germinal (1885) 5,385 exemplares
Nana (1880) 3,949 exemplares
Thérèse Raquin (1867) 3,159 exemplares
L'Assommoir (1876) 2,432 exemplares
The Ladies' Paradise (1883) 2,087 exemplares
The Beast Within (1890) 1,637 exemplares
The Belly of Paris (1873) 1,211 exemplares
The Masterpiece (1886) 967 exemplares
The Kill (1871) 950 exemplares
The Fortune of the Rougons (1871) 903 exemplares
The Debacle (1892) 831 exemplares
Earth (1887) 738 exemplares
Pot Luck (1882) 588 exemplares
Money (1891) 530 exemplares
The Dream (1888) 510 exemplares
The Sin of Father Mouret (1875) 498 exemplares
The Conquest of Plassans (1874) 381 exemplares
A Love Story (1878) 381 exemplares
The Joy of Life (1884) 333 exemplares
His Excellency Eugène Rougon (1876) 332 exemplares
Doctor Pascal (1893) 301 exemplares
The Dreyfus Affair: "J`Accuse" and Other Writings (1898) — Autor — 289 exemplares
Collected Works of Emile Zola (1928) 206 exemplares
Lourdes (1894) — Autor — 136 exemplares
Paris (1898) 127 exemplares
Rome (1896) — Autor — 108 exemplares
For a Night of Love (1878) 107 exemplares
Truth (1903) — Autor — 84 exemplares
Madeleine Férat (1868) 64 exemplares
De avonden te Médan (1880) — Autor — 55 exemplares
Fruitfulness (1900) — Autor — 54 exemplares
The Mysteries of Marseilles (1895) 51 exemplares
Work [=Travail] (1901) 48 exemplares
The Miller's Daughter (1880) 48 exemplares
The Flood (1880) 39 exemplares
J'accuse (1998) 35 exemplares
El naturalismo (1901) 33 exemplares
Les Rougon-Macquart, tome v (1968) 32 exemplares
Zola: Photographer (1979) 32 exemplares
Les Rougon-Macquart, tome 2 (1961) 31 exemplares
Comment on meurt (1959) 25 exemplares
Claude's Confession (2010) 24 exemplares
Contes à Ninon (1898) 20 exemplares
Four Short Stories By Emile Zola (2007) 20 exemplares
Carnets d'enquêtes (1986) 19 exemplares
Germinal (Lecture Facile) (1994) 19 exemplares
Ecrits sur l'art (1970) 17 exemplares
Das Gelübde einer Sterbenden (1866) 16 exemplares
The Three Cities Trilogy (2008) 15 exemplares
Comment on se marie (1997) 14 exemplares
Naïs Micoulin (1998) 13 exemplares
Three Faces of Love (1968) 12 exemplares
The Earth : part one (1887) 11 exemplares
Oeuvres complètes (2002) 11 exemplares
The Earth : part two (1887) 11 exemplares
The debacle : part one (1982) 11 exemplares
Émile Zola : Contes et Nouvelles (1976) 11 exemplares
Gesammelte Novellen (1976) 11 exemplares
Nasil Ölünür (2019) 11 exemplares
The debacle : part two (1982) 10 exemplares
Captain Burle (1882) 10 exemplares
La fête à Coqueville (2002) 10 exemplares
Les coquillages de M. Chabre (1911) 10 exemplares
Germinal : part one (1975) 9 exemplares
Trois Nouvelles naturalistes (2004) 9 exemplares
Germinal : part two (1975) 8 exemplares
6 verhalen (1981) 8 exemplares
Rom: Band 2 (2012) 8 exemplares
Um eine Nacht der Liebe : Erzählungen (1878) — Autor — 8 exemplares
Rom: Band 1 8 exemplares
The Flood (Hesperus Classics) (2013) 8 exemplares
Nouveaux Contes à Ninon (2017) 7 exemplares
Correspondance (1982) 7 exemplares
Germinal, et: L'Œuvre (1982) 7 exemplares
Piping Hot and Other Stories (1951) 7 exemplares
Les romanciers naturalistes (2017) 6 exemplares
A batalha do Impressionismo (1974) 6 exemplares
Hayvanlasan Insan (2018) 6 exemplares
Romanzi vol. 1 (2010) 5 exemplares
Le Roman naturaliste (1999) 5 exemplares
Edouard Manet (2012) 5 exemplares
Trois Nouvelles (1989) 5 exemplares
Lettres croisées: (1858-1887) (2016) — Autor — 5 exemplares
Avon Bedside Companion (1947) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Emile Zola (1961) 5 exemplares
Encre et le sang (1989) 4 exemplares
Contes Choisis (1974) 4 exemplares
Haita 4 exemplares
Cuentos completos (2017) 4 exemplares
Jean Gourdon's Four Days (2009) 4 exemplares
Loves' chase 4 exemplares
Fruitfulness : part two (1910) 4 exemplares
Lettres à Jeanne Rozerot, 1892-1902 (2004) — Autor — 4 exemplares
Naná. Tomo I (1989) 4 exemplares
Les Rougon-Macquart, tome 4 (2002) 4 exemplares
Nana : 2. bindi (2012) 3 exemplares
Sobre el amor y la muerte (2007) 3 exemplares
Meistererzählungen (1982) 3 exemplares
Contes à Ninon/Nouveaux contes à Ninon (2014) — Autor — 3 exemplares
Omnibus : De kroeg ; Liefde (1981) 3 exemplares
Nanà: Teresa Raquin 3 exemplares
Nanà e l'ammazzatoio (2008) 3 exemplares
Enciclopedia del estudiante (2000) 2 exemplares
Le reve, la bete humaine (1991) 2 exemplares
Itiraf (2014) 2 exemplares
Oeuvres Complètes (2013) 2 exemplares
Paraja — Autor — 2 exemplares
Zola: L'Assommoir 2 exemplares
Écrits sur le roman (1995) 2 exemplares
NANÁ / LA BESTIA HUMANA. (2000) 2 exemplares
La Bête Humaine & L' Argent (1996) 2 exemplares
Meine Reise nach Rom (2014) 2 exemplares
Pour Manet (1989) 2 exemplares
Dreyfus Olayı 2 exemplares
Texts for Art 2 exemplares
Kertomuksia (2007) 2 exemplares
Parisian Sketches 2 exemplares
Germinal Ciltli (2015) 2 exemplares
Drei Erzählungen (1984) 2 exemplares
Aux champs (1995) 2 exemplares
Romanzi 2 exemplares
Germinal — Auteur illustré — 2 exemplares
Hulya (2001) 2 exemplares
Combats pour la vérité (2002) 2 exemplares
Lettres à Alexandrine: (1876-1901) (2014) — Autor — 2 exemplares
Gercek 2 (2016) 2 exemplares
Gercek 1 (2016) 2 exemplares
Les Rougon-Macquart 2 exemplares
Racconti 2 exemplares
ROUGON'LARIN YUKSELISI (2020) 2 exemplares
KARRIERA E RUGONEVE 2 exemplares
NANA (Quick Reader 103) (1943) 2 exemplares
APARTMAN 1 2 exemplares
Apartman (2013) 2 exemplares
Vaht (2008) 2 exemplares
Štvanice 1 exemplar
Rozvrat 1 exemplar
Štěstí Rougonů 1 exemplar
Zerminal 1 exemplar
Germinal (2010) — Auteur illustré — 1 exemplar
LOURDES 1 exemplar
Pinigai 1 exemplar
Miserias Humanas 1 exemplar
MAIS MICOULIN 1 exemplar
Maloe Sobranie Sochinenij (2010) 1 exemplar
Écrits sur la musique (2013) 1 exemplar
Nana, et: Pot-Bouille (1996) 1 exemplar
Nos Auteurs 1 exemplar
La jauría: 89 (Minus) (2022) 1 exemplar
Acuso... Livro 1 1 exemplar
The Gin Palace | Nana (1963) 1 exemplar
Literatura y dinero (2020) 1 exemplar
Madame Sourdis 1 exemplar
Escritos sobre Manet (2010) 1 exemplar
La taberna y Nana 1 exemplar
Un bagno — Autor — 1 exemplar
Cuentos crueles (2004) 1 exemplar
Los vecinos (1985) 1 exemplar
Racconti a Ninetta 1 exemplar
Gerard de Nerval 1 exemplar
Nouvelles roses (2013) 1 exemplar
Germinal tome 1 et 2 (1926) 1 exemplar
Lettres de Paris 1 exemplar
Romanzi (2015) 1 exemplar
Nouvelles naturalistes (2012) 1 exemplar
Sapnis : [romāns] (1992) 1 exemplar
A suplica 1 exemplar
Diario romano 1 exemplar
APARTMAN 2 1 exemplar
1900 1 exemplar
Le rêve / 1968 / Zola (1968) 1 exemplar
I grandi romanzi (2013) 1 exemplar
The Invisible Man 1 exemplar
APARTMAN 3 1 exemplar
Selections from EÌmile Zola (1905) 1 exemplar
Lesson in love 1 exemplar
Saloanele mele 1 exemplar
Face aux romantiques (1999) 1 exemplar
Du roman (1989) 1 exemplar
La reve: extraits 1 exemplar
Racconti scelti 1 exemplar
Erinnerungen 1 exemplar
Oeuvres complètes. Tome 1 (2002) 1 exemplar
Zola's Werken 1 exemplar
Les Repoussoirs (2013) 1 exemplar
BİR AŞK SAYFASI 1 (1990) 1 exemplar
BİR AŞK SAYFASI 2 (1990) 1 exemplar
Zola Emile 1 exemplar
Erzählungen — Autor — 1 exemplar
Cuentos a Ninon 1 exemplar
Lesson in Love 1 exemplar
Il sogno: romanzo 1 exemplar
Hallarna (2012) 1 exemplar
Dzieła wybrane 1 exemplar
Prawda. T. 2 1 exemplar
Prawda. T. 1 1 exemplar
Théâtre 1 exemplar
Ana 1 exemplar
Restless House 1 exemplar
Shpartallimi 1 exemplar
Krytyka miłości 1 exemplar
Chleb i węgiel 1 exemplar
Germinal [VHS] (1994) 1 exemplar
සරාගි (2006) 1 exemplar
Several Works 1 exemplar
Hölgyek Öröme 1 exemplar
Pariisi koht : [romaan] (2002) 1 exemplar
Capt. Burle | Nana 1 exemplar
Savage Paris 1 exemplar
La curée 1 exemplar
Vida en común 1 exemplar
Obras selectas (2002) 1 exemplar
Nouvelles réalistes (2010) 1 exemplar
O Simplório 1 exemplar
Obra Selectas II 1 exemplar
Thérèse Raquin 1 exemplar
Obras Selectas I 1 exemplar
Blood, Sex and Money: BBC Radio 4 Drama (2019) — Rougon-Macquart series author — 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Critical Theory Since Plato (1971) — Contribuidor, algumas edições400 exemplares
A Documentary History of Art, Volume 3 (1966) — Contribuidor — 153 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (1984) — Contribuidor — 143 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
Paris Tales (2004) — Contribuidor — 108 exemplares
French Short Stories (1998) — Contribuidor — 87 exemplares
World's Great Adventure Stories (1929) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson (2014) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Found in Translation (2018) — Contribuidor, algumas edições36 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Erotic Tales of the Victorian Age (1998) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Great French Short Novels (1952) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Sexuality and Masquerade: The Dedalus Book of Sexual Ambiguity (1996) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Vingt et un contes (1934) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
La Bête Humaine [1938 film] (1938) — Original novel — 29 exemplares
The Book Lovers (1976) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Thirst [2009 film] (2010) — Original book — 25 exemplares
The World's Greatest Books Volume 08 Fiction (1910) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
The Body and the Dream - French Erotic Fiction 1464-1900 (1983) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
The World of Law, Volume II : The Law as Literature (1960) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Zola (1952) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
L'assommoir, Zola (1994) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Germinal [1993 film] (1993) — Original novel — 17 exemplares
The Masterpiece Library of Short Stories Volumes 3 & 4 (1900) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Great Short Stories Volume 3: Romance and Adventure (1906) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Favorite Animal Stories (1987) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Favourite Scary Stories from Graveside Al (1996) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Germinal Zola (1970) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Thérèse Raquin [1953 film] (1953) — Original book — 9 exemplares
International Short Stories French (Volume 3) (2010) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Favourite Sea Stories from Seaside Al (1996) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Profil d'une oeuvre : Thérèse Raquin, Emile Zola (1999) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Profil d'une oeuvre : La bête humaine, Zola (1999) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Profil D'Une Oeuvre: Zola (French Edition) (1982) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Great Love Scenes from Famous Novels (1943) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Profil d'une œuvre. Germinal, Zola (1991) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Profil bac - zola : germinal (1999) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Nana [1926 film] — Based on the novel by — 3 exemplares
Le livre Terre humaine (1993) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
French short stories (1933) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Emile Zola Germinal (1984) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Membros

Discussions

A tale of two Nanas em George Macy devotees (Setembro 2023)
Germinal by Zola em Author Theme Reads (Setembro 2018)
Mad on Zola, all right em Mad on Zola (Janeiro 2015)
Emile Zola - Resources and General Discussion em Author Theme Reads (Março 2014)
The Beast Within by Zola em Author Theme Reads (Fevereiro 2014)
The Ladies' Paradise by Zola em Author Theme Reads (Agosto 2013)
The Kill by Zola em Author Theme Reads (Agosto 2013)
The Belly of Paris by Zola em Author Theme Reads (Julho 2013)
L'Assommoir by Zola em Author Theme Reads (Julho 2013)
The Conquest of Plassans by Zola em Author Theme Reads (Maio 2013)
Nana by Zola em Author Theme Reads (Maio 2013)
Abbe Mouret's Sin by Zola em Author Theme Reads (Abril 2013)
His Excellency Eugene Rougon by Zola em Author Theme Reads (Janeiro 2013)
The Fortune of the Rougons by Zola em Author Theme Reads (Janeiro 2013)

Críticas

Did I just read a Zola novel with a happy ending?? I think I did, but I'm not completely sure.

[The Ladies' Paradise] continues the story of Gustave Mouret, who has opened a large department store in Paris. Women discover that they love to shop and buy (and steal) merchandise that they never knew they needed or wanted. And all of the small businesses in Paris begin to go out of business. Denise is a young woman in need of a job to support her brothers. She begins working at the Ladies' Paradise. She is small, thin, and plain but her wholesome nature and quiet ways eventually draw Mouret's attention. Her high moral standards make him even more obsessed with her.

This book is an ode to consumerism, with long passages describing the sales techniques that draw women in and descriptions of the merchandise. I always love reading Zola's descriptive passages and find his insights into human nature spot on. This novel, though, was a little less impactful to me. I think partially the characters, but mainly the plot, was just less interesting.

I think all of Zola's novels are worth reading, but I wouldn't recommend starting with this one.
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japaul22 | 58 outras críticas | Apr 29, 2024 |
New translation by Brian Nelson, to read soon.
 
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therebelprince | 45 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2024 |
"If the earth was restful and good to those who loved it, the villages that clung to it like nests of vermin, the human insects that lived off its flesh, were enough to dishonour it and blight any contact with it."

Wandering, impoverished veteran Jean Macquart finds himself in a farming village in Northern France in the early 1860s where he becomes an outsider presence in a drunken, bitter, self-serving community. Spanning a decade, Zola's novel of peasant life, published in the late 1880s, caused him plenty of bad press both in France and England. True, he contracts all the bad things which can occur in rural communities, trapped in cycles of violence and greed, and seems to imply that this town represents everyone. But then again, one could say he did this for the aristocrats of The Kill or the urban bourgeoisie in Pot Luck or the comfortable town lives of those in The Conquest of Plassans. Still, his aggressive characters caused especial outrage this time around, and Earth was the novel which saw his early translations in England cast aside and replaced - after a lengthy obscenity trial - with horribly bowdlerised Victorian niceties that effectively ruined his English-language reputation for half a century or more.

Where The Belly of Paris rippled with the tastes and smells of food, and The Masterpiece gave off the whiff of paint and canvas, here, Zola takes his cue from the earth itself. The soil, the manure, the blood and sweat and semen. (I will never forget, as a child in my first agriculture class at school, seeing a bull castrated before my eyes.) There's Hyacinthe, better known because of his appearance as Jesus Christ, who is best known for his incredible ability at musical farting. There's Old Mother Poo (or Mother Caca in another translation I've seen) who sells her bounteous produce at market but only to those who don't mind the fact that she uses her own excrement as fertiliser due to her poverty. And there's the opening sequence, which was enough to ruffle the feathers of the well-to-do, in which teenage Francoise throws her hand in to assist a bull who is to short to reach the vagina of the cow he is trying to impregnate.

The always excellent Brian Nelson's Oxford introduction makes mention of Mikhail Bakhtin's notion of "grotesque realism", a carnival-esque approach first applied to the work of Rabelais, and Nelson is right; the atmosphere of this lengthy novel is more garish, more outsized than many of the works in the series thus far. One of my favourite scenes must be that of Gideon the drunk donkey! And there is much fun and horror to be had in the musical chairs with which an old man is shuffled between his relatives, none of them interested in caring for him but all of them with one eye on the potential inheritance.

By the end of the 1880s, Zola was perhaps France's most famous author, and he no longer felt the need (if he ever had) to coddle his readers. There are scenes here where the author himself makes his presence known in a more forceful, didactic way than we are used to. He still often enjoys unforgettable symbolism (Lise going into labour at the same time as her beloved cow gives birth, the onlookers rushing between the two). His skill at limited third-person perspective has never been better, as he cuts between the viewpoints of the entangled feuds active in the village. But he is also prone to poorly disguising his own moralising in the reported thoughts of Jean Macquart himself. Unusually for this series, it is not really Jean's story, although he is drawn into things late in the piece. Dare I say Zola wanted to write this novel regardless of whether it really fit into his schema?

There are occasional moments here that will give a 21st century reader pause. A revelation near the very end of the novel which a character has just before they are brutally attacked may seem unfair on the part of the reader - or, if psychologically plausible, not built up enough by the author before it comes. Still, this is a richly observed piece of literature. The sumptuous descriptions of the landscape and country life feel so thoroughly freeing. Whether a coal mine, laundrette, food market, parliament, suburban home, or department store, almost every novel in the series thus far has taken place in a deliberately limited sphere. And while we remain in a limited space here too, it's one with vistas and fields as far as the eye can see. An expanse of earth that offers promise or mockery, depending on the eye of the beholder.

For several novels now, the notion of "the Empire" which dominated the early part of the series, has lain dormant, warranting few mentions, if any. Here, though, as the plot skips ahead in bursts from 1860 to 1870, the approaching war clouds grow thicker and clearer. The end may not be here yet - for either the Second Empire or the Rougon-Macquart series - but, if one closes one's eyes and listens carefully, one can hear the thunder.
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therebelprince | 14 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2024 |
"When you're young you think that you're going to be happy later on, there are things you look forward to; and then you keep finding you're as hard up as ever, you stay bogged down in poverty... I don't blame anyone for it, but there are times when I feel sick at the injustice of it all."

In the thirteenth novel of Zola's staggering Rougon-Macquart cycle, we are reunited with Étienne Lantier, brother of Nana and son of Gervaise, the pathetic heroine of L'Assommoir (neither of which is required reading here, although the latter is my favourite of the cycle thus far). Étienne, impoverished and unemployed, finds himself at the coal mines of Le Voreux, where he attempts to radicalise the miners and their families into a strike to protect their working conditions.

By now, Zola was at the peak of his powers. Buoyed by a fear that he would reach death or senility before the planned end of his great series of novels, the author found himself writing with a renewed vigour. While he has previously explored the lives of the working classes in L'Assommoir, this was to be a novel about active resistance, as opposed to the "passive" poverty of the former. Although Étienne has dreams for a great socialist state, most of the miners are fighting not for revolution but to hang on to their existing (barbarous) conditions in the face of new restrictions imposed by management. Living in the factory town - with the cookie-cutter name of Village Two Hundred and Forty - entire generations trudge each morning to the mines, children being enrolled as soon as they are able, with the oldies transitioning to above-ground work once the back-breaking labour becomes too much. Their life is one of 'knowing their place', like the heartbreaking - and richly symbolic - horses, Bataille and Trompette, who have served their entire adult lives hundreds of metres below ground, clinging to some atavistic memory of sunlight. And always in the background, the mine of Le Voreux "crouching like a vicious beast of prey, snorting louder and longer, as if choking on its painful digestion of human flesh".

I read the final chapters of the novel during the early stages of the 2020 global pandemic, which was an interesting parallel to stories of families scraping to get by, pantries exhausted of resources as the strike drags on, vacillating between the two great human urges of kindness to others and self-preservation. Zola chooses a different narrative tone for each of his novels, and here his narrator is scrupulously fair. This is not the same voice that moralised on Nana or gossiped about the sex lives of the characters in Pot-Luck. This is Zola the social anatomist, asking the reader to decide from the evidence alone whether the current system is a fair one. The ownership class are either cautiously sympathetic, too removed to be aware of the reality of the situation, or pitying... but appreciative of the hierarchical nature of society ("Doubtless they were brutes", says one such with compassion, "but they were illiterate starving brutes"). The peasant mob is too easily spurred on by their hunger and oppression to commit acts of grotesque violence (the single most stomach-churning scene in the series thus far occurs, but I'm not going to repeat it here). And the extreme radicals whom Étienne admires are - like the advocates of social reform in any modern era - all too easily caricatured by the media and the bourgeois to appear as ungrateful or even spiteful.

In short, there is no way to win. Accepting the status quo is an implicit death-knell for oneself and one's children and grandchildren. Politely asking for more is a humiliating and fruitless task. Pushing for it, demanding it, taking it by force is considered the act of brutes - and indeed, often is barbaric in its execution. (Zola's refusal to sugar-coat the lives and intentions of the poor, just as the rich, is especially remarkable - contrast with his contemporary, Charles Dickens.) Germinal is not without hope, but it is a distant hope, a plea for an awakening. This is a novel of ideas, at heart, although Zola's delight in crowd scenes, dissection of character, and "spirit of place" remain on show. Most of his novels have at least one great set-piece, and here it is the final 100 pages, in which a great catastrophe is recounted in excruciating detail. (As always, the author had spent some brief time at an actual coal mine to understand the intricacies of the field.)

There is an additional note for modern readers, which we should keep in mind. Although set in the mid-1860s (the peak of Second Empire France), this was being written in 1884, the year in which trade unions were finally legalised in what was now the Republic of France. Zola was reflecting on the importance of a movement, although many of the outrageous practices chronicled herein still continued, in France as in other countries. And I would be remiss not to mention a translation: go for a modern one. I read Peter Collier's, as I am devoted to the Oxford series, but what's important is to avoid anything older than the 1970s. You will be inevitably faced with cuts, extreme censorship, or just archaic prose. Avoid it!

Subjectively, Germinal easily sits within my Top Five of Zola's series but from an objective standpoint, it is perhaps the most important.
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therebelprince | 78 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2024 |

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Michel Polac Afterword
Eva Outratová Translator
Véronique Lavielle Collaboration
J. van Rheenen Translator
Helmut Moysich Translator
Sophie Guermès Contributor
B. Kolthoff Translator

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