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

Nana est un roman d’Émile Zola publié en 1880, le neuvième de la série les Rougon-Macquart, traitant du thème de la prostitution féminine à travers le parcours d’une courtisane dont les charmes ont affolé les plus hauts dignitaires du ...
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NANA (Edition NOOK Speciale Version Francaise) Emile Zola NANA (French Language Version) by Emile Zola [Emile Zola Complete Works Collection / Oeuvres Completes d'Emile Zola] NOOKbook Les Rougon-Macquart

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

Nana est un roman d’Émile Zola publié en 1880, le neuvième de la série les Rougon-Macquart, traitant du thème de la prostitution féminine à travers le parcours d’une courtisane dont les charmes ont affolé les plus hauts dignitaires du Second Empire. L’histoire commence en 1868. Le personnage de Nana a été notamment inspiré à Zola par Blanche Dantigny.

Née en 1852 dans la misère du monde ouvrier, Nana au début du roman est dans la gêne, manquant d’argent pour élever son fils Louiset qu’elle a eu à l’âge de seize ans, faisant des passes pour arrondir ses fins de journées. Ceci ne l’empêche pas d’habiter un riche appartement où l’un de ses amants l’a installée. Son ascension commence avec un rôle de Vénus qu’elle interprète dans un théâtre parisien : elle ne sait ni parler ni chanter, mais son déhanchement affole tous les hommes, qui rêvent de la posséder. C’est le cas notamment de Muffat, haut dignitaire de l’Empire, pourtant homme chaste et d’une grande piété, que Nana ruine et humilie tout au long du roman. Muffat n’est pas la seule de ses victimes : d’autres sont conduits à la ruine, en particulier Steiner, se suicident (Georges Hugon, Vandeuvres), volent (Philippe Hugon), deviennent des escrocs (Vandeuvres).

« Le sujet de Nana est celui-ci :Toute une société se ruant sur le cul. Le poème des désirs du mâle, le grand levier qui remue le monde » (Emile Zola).

« J’ai passé hier toute la journée jusqu’à 11 heures et demie du soir à lire Nana, je n’en ai pas dormi cette nuit… La mort de Nana est michelangelesque ! Un livre énorme, mon bon ! » (Gustave Flaubert).

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Nana is a novel by the French naturalist author Émile Zola. Completed in 1880, Nana is the ninth installment in the 20-volume Les Rougon-Macquart series, the object of which was to tell "The Natural and Social History of a Family under the Second Empire", the subtitle of the series.

The novel was an immediate success. Le Voltaire, the French newspaper that was to publish it in instalments from October 1879 on, had launched a gigantic advertising campaign, raising the curiosity of the reading public to a fever pitch. When Charpentier finally published Nana in book form in February 1880, the first edition of 55,000 copies was sold out in one day. Flaubert and Edmond de Goncourt were full of praise for Nana.

Nana is especially noted for the crowd scenes, of which there are many, in which Zola proves himself a master of capturing the incredible variety of people. Whereas in his other novels -- notably Germinal (1885) -- he gives the reader an amazingly complete picture of surroundings and the lives of characters, from the first scene we are to understand that this novel treads new ground.

Flaubert summed up the novel in one perfect sentence:

Nana tourne au mythe, sans cesser d'être réelle.
(Nana turns into myth, without ceasing to be real.)
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