Thérèse Raquin

Thérèse Raquin

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by Emile Zola
     
 

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In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Therese Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband's earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt…  See more details below

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In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Therese Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband's earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them for ever. Therese Raquin caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola's novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence.

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"I love this because it's the story of how you can't escape the inevitabilities of love and it's just a fantastic piece of writing." —Sue Perkins, Express 

 "By merging elements of the gothic and tragic with a study of petit-bourgeois banality, Zola created a work of enduring fascination." —Observer 

 "It was attacked by critics of the day as stinking filth and a foul sewer. Little wonder, then, that it became an instant bestseller and I'll admit I was completely riveted by its melodramatics from start to finish." —Daily Mail

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140441208
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1981
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

ÉMILE ZOLA (1840-1902) is the author of Les Rougon-Macquart — a cycle of 20 novels written over a period of 22 years including Nana (1880), Germinal (1885) and The Drinking Den (1877) which provides a panoramic view of life under Napoleon III. He was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction. Zola campaigned for justice over the Dreyfus affair — 'it is up to us poets to nail the guilty to the eternal pillory' — and his open letter to the President 'J'accuse' landed him a prison sentence that he evaded only through exile in England. He is buried in the Panthéon alongside Rousseau, Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas.

ADAM THORPE was born in Paris in 1956. His first novel, Ulverton, was published in 1992, and he has written nine others, two collections of stories and six books of poetry — most recently Voluntary. Thorpe's translation of Madame Bovary, 'stunning and heartily recommended' (Scotsman), is available in Vintage Classics. He lives in France with his wife and family.

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Thérèse Raquin 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Zola does a superb job in the smooth moving description which engages the reader in a poetic, yet, nerve wrenching story in which a nemesis evolves into even a greater threat when slain by those whom were supposed to be at hand and most loyal. Of all novels I have read, the most foreboding state of lust could have never been conveyed clearer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The kindness shown to the victims mother was eerie, and I think very possible outside of fiction. Zola did a wonderful job of showing more natural complexity in his murderers than the Good Guy Bad Guy syndrome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anybody who thought that the dark world of noir was a twentieth century invention should read this book. Zola's nightmarish tale of greed, lust, and damnation reads like a Victorian James M. Cain. While Zola's work is quite justly classified as 'literature', this novel can also be ranked among the masterpieces of crime fiction.
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