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Germinal
     

Germinal

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by Émile Zola
 

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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 symbolise 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

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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 symbolise 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, repression, and sabotage. Yet despite all the violence and disillusion which rock the mining community to its foundations, Lantier retains his belief in the ultimate germination of a new society, leading to a better world. Germinal is a dramatic novel of working life and everyday relationships, but it is also a complex novel of ideas, given fresh vigour and power in this new translation. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191500435
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
07/10/2008
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Nacido en París en 1840, pasó su infancia en Aix-en-Provence, donde trabó una gran amistad con Paul Cézanne. A los veintidós años entró a trabajar en la editorial Hachette, empleo que abandonó en 1866 para dedicarse en exclusiva al periodismo y a la literatura. Ya en 1864 había publicado un libro de tinte romántico que cosechó un gran éxito: Contes à Ninon. En 1867 saca a la luz su primera novela «naturalista», Thérèse Raquin, considerada en su momento littérature putride. En 1868 comienza el ciclo de los Rougon-Macquart, cuyas veinte novelas concluyó en apenas veinticinco años. Condenado a un año de cárcel por su intervención en el caso Dreyfus, en 1898 se exilia en Inglaterra durante once meses. En 1902, muere en París, asfixiado por las emanaciones de una chimenea.

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Germinal 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Read this for my book club. It had me thinking about what we value in ourselves and those around us.
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