Germinal (Raymond MacKenzie Translation)

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Coal mines have become rare, but the miners of Germinal are immortal. This new edition of the novel, with a translation by Raymond MacKenzie, is an exquisite tribute to their work, their misery and their eventual revolt.

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Coal mines have become rare, but the miners of Germinal are immortal. This new edition of the novel, with a translation by Raymond MacKenzie, is an exquisite tribute to their work, their misery and their eventual revolt.

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Coal mines have become rare, but the miners of Germinal are immortal. This new edition of the novel, with a translation by Raymond MacKenzie, is an exquisite tribute to their work, their misery and their eventual revolt. In his introduction, David Baguley--one of the most respected authorities on the work of Zola--brilliantly illuminates the genetic, historical and aesthetic aspects of the novel. His lucid, sensitive and critical gaze highlights the real secrets of the work: its underlying anthropological and social investigation, the dark power of the tragic imagination and the brightness of symbolic and mythic intuitions. --Henri Mitterand, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

Raymond MacKenzie's elegant new translation of Emile Zola’s Germinal captures the diction of the novel's colorful characters and the restrained voice of a naturalist narrator. David Baguley’s introduction analyzes Zola’s personal background, his literary and scientific influences, and the historical circumstances of French workers in the 1860s as well as a spectrum of political acts and deeds in the 1880s when the novel was written. These features plus Zola’s notes on the town of Anzin that he studied prior to writing the novel, make this the edition of choice for course adoptions in history and literature. --Stephen Kern, Humanities Distinguished Professor, Department of History, Ohio State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603846271
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/12/2011
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond N. MacKenzie is Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas.

David Baguley is Emeritus Professor, Durham University (U.K) and the University of Western Ontario.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2008

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    SEPTEMBER 2008 BY A MAN WHO LOVES READING

    Here we are in the midst of a minning community<BR/>in 19th century France. Zola has the reader<BR/>engulfed in a rather difficult way of life.<BR/>Considering an upsetting intruder into beguiling<BR/>the inhabitants into a devasting wirlwind.<BR/>It was a pleasure to be treated to this<BR/>masterwork.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    No Better French Novel

    As an aspiring author of regional fiction ('Suomalaiset: People of the Marsh' ISBN 0972005064)who was raised on liberal politics amidst the boom and bust of Minnesota's iron mines and timber industry, 'Germinal's' featured protagonist, Etienne Lantier, strikes a chord with me. There is much about the American labor movement and the plight of American workers to be found in Etienne's story. Though conditions in our factories, mines, and in our forests have markedly improved since the days of children working the coal fields of West Virginia and the iron mines of the Mesabi Iron Range, Zola's prose and his social observations about wealth, capital, and the exploitation of the common man by those in power rings true in 21st century America. A beautifully translated work, succinctly direct, wonderfully cast, with prose that makes you sigh. One of my ten all time favorite novels.

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