Émile François Zola (1840-1902) was an influential French writer of the naturalist school. Zola played an important role in the political and social liberalization of France; Zola proved instrumental in the Dreyfus Affair, helping to exonerate the falsely accused and convicted Alfred Dreyfus.
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L'OEUVRE, published in 1886, is the fourteenth volume of Emile Zola's Rougon-Macquart saga. Through the life of the cursed and misunderstood painter Claude Lantier, Zola takes his readers into the world of artists. Lantier, a character reminiscent of Paul Cézanne, struggles from failure to failure. He leaves his wife Christine to indulge in a gigantic work, but leaves the canvas unfinished and commits suicide.
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