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Germinal [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Zola's 1885 masterpiece of everyday relationships and working life exposes the inhuman conditions of miners in northern France in the 1860s. The new film version stars Gerard Depardieu. An Oxford University Press World Classic.

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"Superb."--Professor James Chastain, Ohio University

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781105696695
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Language: French
  • Sold by: LULU PRESS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 442,997
  • File size: 783 KB

Meet the Author

Emile Zola wurde am 2.4.1840 in Paris geboren. Sein italienischer Vater war Ingenieur, die Mutter war gebürtige Französin. Der Vater starb 1847. 1843-1858 lebte er in Aix-en-Provence. Die Mutter zog Ende 1857 nach Paris und ließ Emile im Februar 1858 nachkommen. Dort bestand er nicht das Abitur im Lycée Louis-le-Grand und arbeitete zuerst als Schreiber beim Hafenzoll, dann als freier Journalist. 1862 bekam er eine Anstellung im Verlagshaus Hachette, das er nach dem Erfolg seiner ersten beiden Bücher wieder verließ. 1898 setzte er sich mit einem Brief für die Unschuld von Dreyfus ein (J'accuse) und wurde zu Gefängnis und einer Geldstrafe verurteilt, konnte jedoch nach England entfliehen. 1899 kehrte er nach einer Amnestie zurück. Zola starb am 29.9.1902 in Paris.
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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    WARNING! Unless you can read French Don't Buy!

    This version is the original French!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 22, 2010

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