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Germinal by Emile Zola

The thirteenth novel in Émile Zola's great Rougon-Macquart sequence, Germinal expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, but also shows humanity's capacity for compassion and hope.

Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Forced to take a back-breaking job at Le Voreux mine when he cannot get other work, he discovers that his fellow miners are ill, hungry, and in debt, unable to feed and clothe their families. When conditions in the mining community deteriorate even further, Lantier finds himself leading a strike that could mean starvation or salvation for all.

Author Biography: Émile Zola (1840-1902) was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction. His principal work, Les Rougon-Macquart, is a panorama of mid-nineteenth century French life in a cycle of twenty novels which Zola wrote over a period of twenty-two years.

Roger Pearson is professor of French at the University of Oxford and fellow and tutor in French at The Queen's College, Oxford.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679754305
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/15/1994
Series: Folio Series
Pages: 558
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.98(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola, más conocido como Émile Zola (París, Francia, 2 de abril de 1840 - ibídem, 29 de septiembre de 1902), fue un escritor francés, considerado el padre y el mayor representante del naturalismo.

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Read this for my book club. It had me thinking about what we value in ourselves and those around us.
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