Nana

Nana

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Nana by Emile Zola

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140442632
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1972
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 317,705
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)

About the Author

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-19th century French life, in a cycle of 20 novels which Zola wrote over a period of 22 years.

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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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