L'ARGENT (Edition NOOK Speciale Version Francaise) Emile Zola L'Argent - Money (French Language Version) by Emile Zola [Emile Zola Complete Works Collection / Oeuvres Completes d'Emile Zola] NOOKbook] Les Rougon-Macquart [NOOK Book]

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L'ARGENT (Edition NOOK Spéciale Version Française) Émile Zola | L'Argent - Money (French Language Version) by Emile Zola [Emile Zola Complete Works Collection / Oeuvres Complètes d'Émile Zola] NOOKbook] Les Rougon-Macquart

L'Argent est un roman naturaliste d’Émile Zola publié en 1891, le dix-huitième volume de la série les Rougon-Macquart. L’Argent aborde le thème de la ...
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L'ARGENT (Edition NOOK Spéciale Version Française) Émile Zola | L'Argent - Money (French Language Version) by Emile Zola [Emile Zola Complete Works Collection / Oeuvres Complètes d'Émile Zola] NOOKbook] Les Rougon-Macquart

L'Argent est un roman naturaliste d’Émile Zola publié en 1891, le dix-huitième volume de la série les Rougon-Macquart. L’Argent aborde le thème de la Bourse, de la spéculation financière qui s’y déroule et des scandales qui en découlent.

Pour écrire son roman, Zola s’est inspiré des scandales financiers qui ne manquaient pas à son époque. Au moment où il écrit L’Argent on est en plein dans le scandale de Panama.

Zola s’est surtout inspiré du krach de l’Union générale (1881-1882), dans lequel le banquier catholique et légitimiste Eugène Bontoux vit sa société ruinée en grande partie par la spéculation des Rothschild mais aussi celui de la Caisse générale des chemins de fer de Jules Mirès. Bontoux a lui aussi été condamné à cinq ans de prison en 1883. On pense que le personnage de Saccard lui aurait été également inspiré par le spéculateur et industriel Hector de Sastres, qui fut l’ami et le protégé du ministre Jacques Louis Randon.

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L'Argent (Money) is the eighteenth novel in the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola. It was serialized in the periodical Gil Blas beginning in November 1890 before being published in novel form by Charpentier et Fasquelle in March 1891. It was translated into English (as Money) by Benjamin Tucker in 1891 and by Ernest A. Vizetelly in 1894 (new edition 1904; reprinted 1991 and 2007).
The novel focuses on the financial world of the Second French Empire as embodied in the Paris Bourse and exemplified by the fictional character of Aristide Saccard. Zola's intent was to show the terrible effects of speculation and fraudulent company promotion, the culpable negligence of company directors, and the impotency of contemporary financial laws.

Aristide Saccard (b. 1815 as Aristide Rougon) is the youngest son of Pierre and Félicité Rougon. He is first introduced in La fortune des Rougon. L'argent is a direct sequel to La curée (published in 1871), which details Saccard's first rise to wealth using underhanded methods. Sensing his unscrupulous nature, his brother Eugène Rougon prompts Aristide to change his surname from Rougon to Saccard.
Aristide's other brother Pascal is the main character of Le docteur Pascal. He also has two sisters: Sidonie, who appears in La curée, and Marthe, one of the protagonists of La conquête de Plassans.
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