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Abandoned by her lover and left to bring up their two children alone, Gervaise Macquart has to fight to earn an honest living. When she accepts the marriage proposal of Monsieur Coupeau, it seems as though she is on the path to a decent, respectable life at last. But with her husband's drinking and the unexpected appearance of a figure from her past, Gervaise's plans begin to unravel tragically. The Drinking Den caused a sensation when it was first published, with its gritty depiction of the poverty and squalor, ...
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Overview

Abandoned by her lover and left to bring up their two children alone, Gervaise Macquart has to fight to earn an honest living. When she accepts the marriage proposal of Monsieur Coupeau, it seems as though she is on the path to a decent, respectable life at last. But with her husband's drinking and the unexpected appearance of a figure from her past, Gervaise's plans begin to unravel tragically. The Drinking Den caused a sensation when it was first published, with its gritty depiction of the poverty and squalor, slums and drinking houses of the Parisian underclass. The seventh novel in Zola's great Rougon-Macquart cycle, it was the work that made his reputation. And, in his moving portrayal of Gervaise's struggle for happiness, Zola created one of the most sympathetic heroines in nineteenth-century literature. Robin Buss's translation renders Zola's street argot into clear, contemporary English. This edition also contains an introduction discussing Zola's Naturalistic method, with maps of Paris, Zola's preface responding to his critics, notes, chronology and further reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140449549
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/13/2004
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 457,855
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Émile Zola (1840-1902) was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction. His principal work, Les Rougon-Macquart, is a panorama of mid-19th century French life, in a cycle of 20 novels which Zola wrote over a period of 22 years.

Robin Buss is a writer and translator who works for theIndependent on Sunday and as television critic for The Times Educational Supplement. He studied at the University of Paris, where he took a degree and a doctorate in French literature. He is part-author of the article 'French Literature' in Encyclopaedia Britannica and has published critical studies of works by Vigny and Cocteau, and three books on European cinema, The French Through Their Films (1988), Italian Films (1989) and French Film Noir (1994). He has also translated a number of volumes for Penguin Classics.

Robin Buss is a writer and translator who works for theIndependent on Sunday and as television critic for The Times Educational Supplement. He studied at the University of Paris, where he took a degree and a doctorate in French literature. He is part-author of the article 'French Literature' in Encyclopaedia Britannica and has published critical studies of works by Vigny and Cocteau, and three books on European cinema, The French Through Their Films (1988), Italian Films (1989) and French Film Noir (1994). He has also translated a number of volumes for Penguin Classics.

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Table of Contents

Chronology vii
Introduction xiii
Further Reading xxxi
A Note on the Translation xxxii
The Drinking Den 1
Notes 433
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  • Posted April 23, 2009

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    Les Rougon-Macquart!!!

    'L'Assommoir' translated into 'The Drinking Den' is the seventh novel in Emile Zola's Les Rougon-Macquart cycle, and one of the most popular in the 20 book series.

    The story begins with Gervaise Macquart in a slum neighborhood prior to her husband abandoning her and their two small offspring. Poverty stricken Gervaise dreams of owning her own washing business and leading a comfortable life with her two children. Eventually events take another turn and things could not look better. As her friends and family become jealous, havoc starts to wreak on the washerwoman; and as life is not always constant things once again take a turn for the worst and soon Gervaise finds herself in another battle with poverty.

    A favorite book!
    (Although this is the seventh book in the Les Rougon-Macquart cycle it is not necessary to read them in order.)

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