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The Belly Of Paris

by Emile Zola

Unjustly deported to Devil's Island following Louis-Napoleon's coup-d'#xE9;tat in December 1851, Florent Quenu escapes and returns to Paris. He finds the city changed beyond recognition. The old March#xE9; des Innocents has been knocked down as part of Haussmann's grand program of urban reconstruction, replaced by Les Halles, the spectacular new food markets. Disgusted by a bourgeois society whose devotion to food is inseparable from its devotion to the Government, Florent attempts an insurrection. Les Halles, apocalyptic and destructive, play an active role in Zola's picture of a world in which food and the injustice of society are inextricably linked. This is the first English translation in fifty years ofLe Ventre de Paris(The Belly of Paris). The third in Zola's great cycle,Les Rougon-Macquart, it is as enthralling asGerminal, Th#xE9;r#xE8;se Raquin, and the other novels in the series. Its focus on the great Paris food hall, Les Halles--combined with Zola's famous impressionist descriptions of food--make this a particularly memorable novel. Brian Nelson's lively translation captures the spirit of Zola's world and his Introduction illuminates the use of food in the novel to represent social class, social attitudes, political conflicts, and other aspect of the culture of the time. The bibliography and notes ensure that this is the most critically up-to-date edition of the novel in print.

The Dream

by Emile Zola Michael Glencross

Emile Zola's novel Le Rêve (1888) is a love idyll between a poor embroideress and the son of a wealthy aristocratic family set against the background of a sleepy cathedral town in northern France. A far cry from the seething, teeming world evoked in Zola's best-known novels, it may at first seem a strange interlude between La Terre and La Bête Humaine in the 20-volume sequence known as the Rougon-Macquart cycle. However, belying its appearance as a simple fairytale the work reveals many of Zola's characteristic themes, the conflict between heredity and environment, between spirituality and sensuality, between the powerful and the powerless. The dream of Angélique, the central character, is at once reality and illusion, and this interplay provides the driving force of the novel. Above all, it is, as Zola himself described it, "a poem of passion," showing the lyrical dimension of his genius. This important new translation by Michael Glencross, the first in English since that of Eliza Chase in 1893, recaptures the vigor of Zola's original. The translator also provides a helpful introduction that situates the novel in the context of Zola's life and work as a whole.

The Fortune of the Rougons

by Emile Zola

The book's stirring opening happens on the eve of the coup d'état, involving an idealistic young village couple joining up with the republican militia in the middle of the night. Zola then spends the next few chapters flashing back in time to pre-Revolutionary Provence. We are then introduced to the eccentric heroine Adelaide Fouque, later known as "Tante Dide," who becomes the common ancestor for both the Rougon and Macquart families. Her legitimate son, from her short marriage to her late husband, is forced to grow up alongside two illegitimate children, from Dide's later romance with the smuggler, poacher, and alcoholic Macquart.


by Emile Zola

The novel's central character is ...tienne Lantier, previously seen in L'Assommoir (1877), a young migrant worker who arrives at the forbidding coalmining town of Montsou in the bleak far north of France to earn a living as a miner. Sacked from his previous job on the railways for assaulting a superior - he befriends the veteran miner Maheu, who finds him somewhere to stay and gets him a job pushing the carts down the pit. ...tienne is portrayed as a hard-working idealist but also a naïve youth; Zola's genetic theories come into play as ...tienne is presumed to have inherited his Macquart ancestors' traits of hotheaded impulsiveness and an addictive personality capable of exploding into rage under the influence of drink or strong passions.


by Emile Zola David Baguley Raymond N. Mackenzie

Coal mines have become rare, but the miners of Germinal are immortal. This new edition of the novel, with a translation by Raymond MacKenzie, is an exquisite tribute to their work, their misery and their eventual revolt. In his introduction, David Baguley--one of the most respected authorities on the work of Zola--brilliantly illuminates the genetic, historical and aesthetic aspects of the novel. His lucid, sensitive and critical gaze highlights the real secrets of the work: its underlying anthropological and social investigation, the dark power of the tragic imagination and the brightness of symbolic and mythic intuitions. --Henri Mitterand, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University


by Emile Zola Peter Collier Robert Lethbridge

Zola's masterpiece of working life, Germinal (1885), exposes the inhuman conditions of miners in northern France in the 1860s. By Zola's death in 1902 it had come to symbolize the call for freedom from oppression so forcefully that the crowd which gathered at his State funeral chanted 'Germinal! Germinal!' The central figure, Etienne Lantier, is an outsider who enters the community and eventually leads his fellow miners in a strike protesting against pay-cuts - a strike which becomes a losing battle against starvation, oppression, and sabotage. Yet despite all the violence and disillusion which rocked the mining community to its foundations, Lantier retains his belief in the ultimate germination of a new society, leading to a better world.

Germinal (in Spanish)

by Emile Zola

Ger-mi-nal, Ger-mi-nal, Ger-mi-nal..., este era el grito que el 5 de octubre de 1902 una delegación de mineros franceses coreaba al arrojar sus ramos de rosas rojas sobre la tumba de Zola: cinco mil parisienses habían recorrido las calles de París con el féretro del escritor que había abanderado el enfrentamiento con el sector más conservador de la sociedad francesa a raíz del conocido como «affaire Dreyfus». Émile Zola, el padre del naturalismo, describe en Germinal, de una forma descarnada, el mundo sombrío y mísero de la mina, retratando a un grupo de personas que vive ahogado en condiciones infrahumanas y por cuyas venas Zola hace correr el odio y el rencor, seres humanos que se extenúan trabajando en medio de una terrible frustración. Los sueños de juventud, la búsqueda del amor, todo choca contra la realidad siniestra de la mina, que se cobra vidas y apenas permite vivir a los que logran salir de su oscuro pozo. Pero cuando falta el pan, cuando el sueño se convierte en pesadilla, los mineros se alzan contra las fuerzas de la destrucción: la huelga hace brotar de todos y cada uno lo mejor y lo peor del ser humano. Con Germinal, Zola escribe una epopeya radicalmente moderna: la denuncia de una realidad se convierte en mito

His Masterpiece

by Emile Zola

The Masterpiece is a highly fictionalized account of Zola's friendship with the painter Paul Cézanne. Zola and Cézanne grew up together in Aix-en-Provence, the model for Zola's Plassans, where Claude Lantier is born and receives his education. Like Cézanne, Claude Lantier is a revolutionary artist whose work is misunderstood by an art-going public hidebound by traditional subjects, techniques, and representations. Zola's self-portrait can be seen in the character of the novelist Pierre Sandoz.

In Secret

by Emile Zola

Emile Zola's story of adultery, murder, and madness-soon to be a major motion picture starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Therese Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband's earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Therese caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola's novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness, and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence. .

The Kill

by Emile Zola

Here is a true publishing event-the first modern translation of a lost masterpiece by one of fiction's giants. Censored upon publication in 1871, out of print since the 1950s, and untranslated for a century, Zola'sThe Kill(La Curée) emerges as an unheralded classic of naturalism. Second in the author's twenty-volumeRougon-Macquartsaga, it is a riveting story of family transgression, heedless desire, and societal greed. The incestuous affair of Renée Saccard and her stepson, Maxime, is set against the frenzied speculation of Renée's financier husband, Aristide, in a Paris becoming a modern metropolis and "the capital of the nineteenth century. " In the end, setting and story merge in actions that leave a woman's spirit and a city's soul ravaged beyond repair. As vividly rendered by Arthur Goldhammer, one of the world's premier translators from the French,The Killcontains all the qualities of the school of fiction marked, as Henry James wrote, by "infernal intelligence. " In this new incarnation,The KilljoinsNanaandGerminalon the shelf of Zola classics, works by an immortal author who-explicit, pitiless, wise, and unrelenting-always goes in for the kill.


by Emile Zola Robert Lethbridge Margaret Mauldon

The seventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart cycle, L'Assommoir (1877) is the story of a woman's struggle for happiness in working-class Paris. At the center of the story stands Gervaise, who starts her own laundry and for a time makes a success of it. But her husband soon squanders her earnings in the Assommoir, a local drinking spot, and gradually the pair sink into poverty and squalor. L'Assommoir was a contemporary bestseller, outraged conservative critics, and launched a passionate debate about the legitimate scope of modern literature. This new translation captures not only the brutality but the pathos of its characters' lives.


by Emile Zola

Nana tells the story of Nana Coupeau's rise from streetwalker to high-class cocotte during the last three years of the French Second Empire. Nana first appears in the end of L'Assommoir (1877), another of Zola's Rougon-Macquart series, in which she is portrayed as the daughter of an abusive drunk; in the end, she is living in the streets and just beginning a life of prostitution.


by Emile Zola

El novelista y crítico francés, (1962 - 1902) fue el fundador del movimiento naturalista en literatura. Entre sus trabajos más famosos se pueden citar el ciclo Rougon-Macquart (1871-1893), que incluye novelas como L'Assommoir (1877), donde aborda el sufrimiento de la clase trabajadora parisina, Nana (1880), que se refiere a la prostitución, y Germinal (1885), que retrata maravillosamente la vida de los mineros. Su carta abierta J'accuse (Yo acuso) del 13 de enero de 1898, logró reabrir un caso en el que el Capitán judío Alfred Dreyfus fue sentenciado a prisión por un delito que no cometió. En sus primeros años, Zola escribió varias historias cortas, ensayos, algunas obras y novelas. Cuando en 1865 publicó La confesión de Claude, una sórdida novela autobiográfica, atrajo la atención de la policía y fue despedido de la editorial Hachette donde trabajaba. A partir de esto comenzó a dedicarse de lleno a escribir. Preparaba cuidadosamente sus novelas, entrevistaba expertos, escribía dossiers de sus investigaciones y diseñaba el desarrollo de la acción de cada capítulo. Obtuvo como resultado una combinación de precisión documental, imaginación dramática y personajes exactos.

The Paradise

by Emile Zola Ernest Alfred Vizetelly

A companion edition to the TV series from Masterpiece on PBSThrough charm, drive, and diligent effort Octave Mouret has become the director of one of the finest new department stores in Paris, Au Bonheur des Dames.<P><P> Supremely aware of the power of his position, Mouret seeks to exploit the desire that his luxuriantly displayed merchandise arouses in the ladies who shop, and the aspirations of the young female assistants he employs. Charting the beginnings of the capitalist economy and bourgeois society, Zola captures in lavish detail the greedy customers and gossiping staff, and the obsession with image, fashion, and gratification that was a phenomenon of nineteenth-century French consumer society. Of all Zola's novels, this may be the one with the most relevance for our own time.

El paraíso de las damas

by Emile Zola

Escritor francés y fundador del movimiento naturalista, Zola nació en París, y a partir de 1865 se ganó la vida escribiendo poemas, relatos y crítica de arte y literatura. Su primera novela importante, Thérèse Raquin (1867), es un detallado estudio psicológico del asesinato y la pasión. Más tarde, inspirado por los experimentos científicos sobre la herencia y el entorno, Zola decidió escribir una novela que ahondara en las profundidades de todos los aspectos de la vida humana, que documentara los males sociales, al margen de cualquier sensibilidad política. Asignó a esta nueva escuela de ficción literaria el nombre de naturalismo y escribió una serie de veinte novelas entre 1871 y 1893, bajo el título genérico de Les Rougon-Macquart, con el fin de ilustrar sus teorías a través de una saga familiar. Tras una ardua investigación produjo un sorprendente y completo retrato de la vida francesa, especialmente la parisina, de finales del siglo XIX. Sin embargo, fue calificado de obsceno y criticado por exagerar la criminalidad y el comportamiento a menudo patológico de las clases más desfavorecidas. Algunos de los libros que se ocupan de las cinco generaciones de la familia Rougon-Macquart, alcanzaron una gran popularidad. En "El paraíso de las damas" se describe el inicio de los grandes almacenes parisinos.

Several Works

by Emile Zola

Therese Raquin

by Emile Zola

One of Zola's most famous realistic novels, Therese Raquin is a clinically observed, sinister tale of adultery and murder among the lower classes in nineteenth-century Parisian society. Zola's shocking tale dispassionately dissects the motivations of his characters-- mere "human beasts," who kill in order to satisfy their lust-- and stands as a key manifesto of the French Naturalist movement, of which the author was the founding father.

Yo acuso

by Emile Zola

La carta abierta J'accuse (Yo acuso) del 13 de enero de 1898, logró reabrir un caso en el que el Capitán judío Alfred Dreyfus fue sentenciado a prisión por un delito que no cometió. Este libro agrupa artículos y cartas escritos por su autor a partir del caso Dreyfus. En 1894, los servicios de contraespionaje del Ministerio de la Guerra francés interceptan un documento dirigido al agregado militar alemán en París, en el que se menciona el anuncio del envío de informaciones concretas sobre las características del nuevo material de artillería francés. El riesgo de escándalo resulta más preocupante que la propia filtración; había, pues, que encontrar a un culpable. Se acusa al capitán Alfred Dreyfus, de treinta y cinco años, judío y alsaciano, de ser su autor. Dreyfus es arrestado, juzgado por un consejo de guerra y declarado culpable de alta traición.

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