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Earth by Emile Zola
Book DescriptionPart of the vast Rougon-Macquart cycle of novels, The Earth was regarded by Emile Zola's as his greatest novel. This Penguin Classics edition is translated with an introduction by Douglas Parmee. When Jean Macquart arrives in the peasant community of Beauce, where farmers have worked the same land for generations, he quickly finds himself involved in the corrupt affairs of the local Fouan family. Aging and Lear-like, Old Man Fouan has decided to divide his land between his three children: his penny-pinching daughter Fanny, his eldest son - a far from holy figure known as 'Jesus Christ' - and the lecherous Buteau, Macquart's friend. But in a community where land is everything, sibling rivalry quickly turns to brutal hatred, as Buteau declares himself unsatisfied with his lot. A fascinating portrayal of a struggling but decadent community, The Earth offers a compelling exploration of the destructive nature of human ignorance and greed. Douglas Parmee's translation vividly conveys the naturalistic tone of the original in clear, contemporary English. This edition also includes an introduction, exploring Zola's motivation in writing The Earth and considering its influence on his contemporaries. Emile 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, including Au Bonheur des Dames (1883), The Beast Within (1890), Nana (1880), and The Drinking Den (1877). If you enjoyed The Earth, you might like Zola's Germinal, also available in Penguin Classics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140443875
(198mm x 129mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Jun-1980
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Emile Zola
Money, Paperback (May 2016)
Presented here in a new translation, Money is, in the wake of recent financial scandals, an all-too-topical exploration of the dynamics of greed, the excesses of capitalism and its dangerous relationship with politics and the press.
Beast Within, Paperback (May 2016)
A novel that deals with political corruption and offers a graphic exploration of the criminal mind.
Earth, Paperback (April 2016)
Zola's novel of peasant life describes the disintegration of the Fouan family when Papa Fouan decides to divide his land between his three children. Greed and violence feed a bitter struggle for supremacy. This new translation captures the novel's blend of brutality and lyricism in its evocation of the inexorable cycle of the natural world.
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UK Kirkus Review » The heroine of Zola's favourite novel is Mother Earth herself and the book is the famous 'living poem of the Earth' he wished to write. In an inversion of the King Lear plot, Fauan, an old peasant, divides his land between his three children, stipulating they must all pay him a pension. Hounded out by his children, suffering the extremities of the elements, he is eventually murdered by his son and daughter-in-law. But Fauan is no Lear and this is not a tragedy. The characters are of the land; their existence is a necessary bondage to the Earth, where everything is as it ought to be; the cycle of the seasons and their agricultural counterpart are in harmony, whatever human misfortunes are played out upon the surface. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Emile Zola
Emile Zola (1840-1902) was a French novelist and critic, the founder of the Naturalist movement in literature. Among Zola's most important works is his famous Rougon-Macquart cycle (1871-1893), which included such novels as L'Assomoir (1877), about the suffering of the Parisian working-class, Nana (1880), dealing with prostitution, and Germinal (1885). Translated with an introduction by Douglas Parmee
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