The Belly Of Paris

The Belly Of Paris

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by Emile Zola
     
 

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Grand Oak Books in conjunction with The Emile Zola Society is pleased to announce the publication of Emile Zola's monumental series, The Rougon Macquart Cycle. Translated from French to English, many with previously unpublished passages,complete and uncensored for American audiences, the set is a groundbreaking standard for the study of Zola outside France.See more details below

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Grand Oak Books in conjunction with The Emile Zola Society is pleased to announce the publication of Emile Zola's monumental series, The Rougon Macquart Cycle. Translated from French to English, many with previously unpublished passages,complete and uncensored for American audiences, the set is a groundbreaking standard for the study of Zola outside France.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Belly of Paris is Les Halles centrales, the enormous (21-acre) market complex built by Baron Haussmann in the 1850s. Into it flowed great rivers of vegetables, cheeses, butter, fish and meats, and out of it sewers of blood and putrefaction. In this third volume of the Rougon-Macquart series, available in the U.S. for the first time, Zola describes both with typical hypnotic exhaustiveness. Escaping from undeserved exile on Devils Island, the starving quondam scholar Florent finds the markets occasionally seductive but more often repellent. From the moment he arrives, he is caught in what his friend the artist Claude Lantier (from La Confession de Claude) calls the Battle of the Fat and the Thin being waged between the well-fed, self-satisfied petty burghers and the hungry, envious lower classes. The Fat surround Florent-his half-brother, an unimaginative pork-butcher and his conventionally moral wife (the daughter of Antoine Macquart); the fishwives whom he monitors; local shopkeepers-and all look at him suspiciously for his failure to settle into a bourgeois existence. Not that the Thin-the neighborhood gossip, the markets' weekend revolutionaries-don't cause Florent just as much trouble. Neither bitter nor complacent, Florent is an irritation that the markets tacitly move to dislodge. One of Zola's own favorites, La Ventre de Paris is a brilliant exposition of one man's fragmentation and an often painful indictment of those who live innocent of infamy or praise. (Feb.)
Library Journal
In Zola's 1873 tale, an escaped prisoner hiding out in Paris becomes entangled with a group of Socialists.

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ISBN-13:
9780983473848
Publisher:
rapier press
Publication date:
08/04/2011
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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