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Nana (Illustrated)
     

Nana (Illustrated)

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by Emile Zola
 

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Émile François Zola ( 2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) is one of the greatest writers of the 19th century, and one of France’s best known citizens. In his life, Zola was the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism and a major figure in the political liberalization

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*Illustrated
*Includes Table of Contents

Émile François Zola ( 2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) is one of the greatest writers of the 19th century, and one of France’s best known citizens. In his life, Zola was the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism and a major figure in the political liberalization of France. Around the end of his life, Zola was instrumental in helping secure the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, a victim of anti-Semitism. The Dreyfus Affair was encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J'Accuse.

More than half of Zola's novels were part of this set of 20, collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart. Unlike Honore de Balzac, who compiled his works into La Comedie Humaine midway through, Zola mapped out a complete layout of his series. Set in France's Second Empire, the series traces the "environmental" influences of violence, alcohol and prostitution which became more prevalent during the second wave of the Industrial Revolution. The series examines two branches of a family: the respectable Rougons and the disreputable Macquarts for five generations. Zola explained, "I want to portray, at the outset of a century of liberty and truth, a family that cannot restrain itself in its rush to possess all the good things that progress is making available and is derailed by its own momentum, the fatal convulsions that accompany the birth of a new world." This is the ninth volume in that series.

This edition of Zola’s Nana is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with more than 15 pictures.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013277977
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
10/12/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
785 KB

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Nana (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Seghetto More than 1 year ago
The first 1/3 or so of the book was pretty dull. The only real strong parts of the book happen towards the end. The interplay between Nana and her courtiers is ridiculous. The plot was very well thought out. This was the 9th in a series of 23 novels. The commentary stresses that this series was thought of by Zola as an experiment, needless to say that it shows. The characters are introduced one after the other. Towards the end it is pretty hard to sympathize with any of them besides the main 3 or 4.
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