Nana

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Prompted by his theories of heredity and environment, Zola set out out to show Nana, "the golden fly", rising out of the underworld to feed on society--a predetermined product of her origins. Nana's latent destructiveness is mirrored in the Empire's, and they reflect each others' disintegration and final collapse in 1890.

Built around the book's scientific skeleton is a powerful, sensual atmosphere and a rich use of words which elevate the ...

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Prompted by his theories of heredity and environment, Zola set out out to show Nana, "the golden fly", rising out of the underworld to feed on society--a predetermined product of her origins. Nana's latent destructiveness is mirrored in the Empire's, and they reflect each others' disintegration and final collapse in 1890.

Built around the book's scientific skeleton is a powerful, sensual atmosphere and a rich use of words which elevate the novel beyond the realistic platform into a "poem of male desires."

Part of Zola's famed Rougon-Macquart series of novels, this is the portrait of the scandal of Parisian society--Nana, a goddess of love who ruthlessly uses her sexuality to obtain wealth and to send her ruined lovers to the gutter from which she ascended. A tragic heroine ranking with Anna Karenina and Emma Bovary. Originally published in 1880, this is a new edition.

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This rather risqu novel-for 1880 that is-tells the story of ruthless protagonist Nana's rise from the gutter to the height of Parisian society. The book's heavy allusion to sexual favors caused it to be denounced as pornography upon publication, which, of course, made it a big hit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781425049553
  • Publisher: WWW.Readhowyouwant.com
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 556
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Emile Zola wurde am 2.4.1840 in Paris geboren. Sein italienischer Vater war Ingenieur, die Mutter war gebürtige Französin. Der Vater starb 1847. 1843-1858 lebte er in Aix-en-Provence. Die Mutter zog Ende 1857 nach Paris und ließ Emile im Februar 1858 nachkommen. Dort bestand er nicht das Abitur im Lycée Louis-le-Grand und arbeitete zuerst als Schreiber beim Hafenzoll, dann als freier Journalist. 1862 bekam er eine Anstellung im Verlagshaus Hachette, das er nach dem Erfolg seiner ersten beiden Bücher wieder verließ. 1898 setzte er sich mit einem Brief für die Unschuld von Dreyfus ein (J'accuse) und wurde zu Gefängnis und einer Geldstrafe verurteilt, konnte jedoch nach England entfliehen. 1899 kehrte er nach einer Amnestie zurück. Zola starb am 29.9.1902 in Paris.
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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    Slightly entertaining

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Jack-ass

    Fell off tree house

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Hi rea other first

    Gtg is got to go sys is see you soon

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    i dont read french

    be nice if they tell u its a dff language

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2010

    Loving the Classics

    :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2001

    A very diferent kind of story

    I think that the story is really different, you will always be amazed about all the little things that occur in the set, but it's really great, something that I really didn't like to much is that this book is a little exhausted to read, because it has to much details of the story.

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