"This is far and away the best English translation of Germinal currently available. The translator has captured the nineteenth century flavor of the original without sacrificing clarity or meaning. The introduction and notes are excellent and the map of Montsou and vicinity is a stroke of genius."Professor Richard Cumming, University of Utah
Germinalby Emile Zola
Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Forced to take a back-breaking job at Le/i>
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The thirteenth novel in Émile Zola's great Rougon-Macquart sequence, Germinal expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, but also shows humanity's capacity for compassion and hope.
Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Forced to take a back-breaking job at Le Voreux mine when he cannot get other work, he discovers that his fellow miners are ill, hungry, and in debt, unable to feed and clothe their families. When conditions in the mining community deteriorate even further, Lantier finds himself leading a strike that could mean starvation or salvation for all.
Author Biography: 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-nineteenth century French life in a cycle of twenty novels which Zola wrote over a period of twenty-two years.
Roger Pearson is professor of French at the University of Oxford and fellow and tutor in French at The Queen's College, Oxford.
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Emile Zola (1840 - 1902) fue un escritor francés, considerado como el padre y el mayor representante del Naturalismo. Tuvo un papel muy relevante en la revisión del proceso de Alfred Dreyfus, que le costó el exilio. Su influencia sobre las generaciones posteriores de escritores no fue sólo literaria, ya que su actitud de involucrarse tanto en la literatura como en la realidad social se transformó en un paradigma del escritor comprometido y dominó la escena cultural de occidente hasta la década de los 70.
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Read this for my book club. It had me thinking about what we value in ourselves and those around us.