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Nana By Emile Zola
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Nana is a novel by the French naturalist author Émile Zola. Completed in 1880, Nana is the ninth installment in the 20-volume Les Rougon-Macquart series, the object of which was to tell... More > "The Natural and Social History of a Family under the Second Empire", the subtitle of the series. Nana tells the story of Nana Coupeau's rise from streetwalker to high-class cocotte during the last three years of the French Second Empire. Nana first appears in the end of L'Assommoir (1877), another of Zola's Rougon-Macquart series, in which she is portrayed as the daughter of an abusive drunk; in the end, she is living in the streets and just beginning a life of prostitution.< Less
Therese Raquin By Emile Zola
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Zola’s 20 Rougon-Macquart novels are a panoramic account of the Second French Empire. They are the story of a family principally between the years 1851 and 1871. These 20 novels contain over... More > 300 major characters, who descend from the two family lines of the Rougons and Macquarts and who are related. In Zola’s words, which are the subtitle of the Rougon-Macquart series, they are "L’Histoire naturelle et sociale d’une famille sous le Second Empire"("The natural and social history of a family under the Second Empire"). Most of the Rougon-Macquart novels were written during the French Third Republic. To an extent, attitudes and value judgments may have been superimposed on that picture with the wisdom of hindsight. The débâcle in which the reign of Napoleon III of France culminated may have imparted a note of decadence to certain of the novels about France in the years before that disastrous defeat.< Less
The Three Cities - Lourdes, Rome, Paris By Emile Zola
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In the Rougon-Macquart novels, provincial life tends to be overshadowed by Zola’s preoccupation with the capital. Only in his picture of rural working-class life in La Terre and in the... More > corresponding picture of industrial working-class life in Germinal, does Zola convincingly escape from Paris into the provinces. The life of provincial towns is an even more noticeable omission from his achievement, for only in Le Rêve and in the twice repeated picture of Plassans (modeled upon his childhood home, Aix-en-Provence) does he achieve such a portrait (La Fortune des Rougon, La Conquête de Plassans). Le Docteur Pascal has the same setting but cannot properly be termed a novel of provincial life. La Débâcle, the military novel is set for the most part in country districts of eastern France; its dénouement takes place in the capital during the civil war leading to the suppression of the Paris Commune. Like Balzac, Zola’s imagination was roused by Paris and all that the capital represented to him.< Less
Germinal By Emile Zola
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De 1877 avec la publication de l'Assommoir, Émile Zola est devenu riche, il a été mieux payés que Victor Hugo, par exemple. Il est devenu une figure de proue de la... More > bourgeoisie littéraire et organisé des dîners culturels avec Guy de Maupassant, Joris-Karl Huysmans et d'autres écrivains dans sa villa luxueuse à Medan, près de Paris après 1880. Germinal en 1885, puis les trois des villes, Lourdes en 1894, Rome en 1896 et Paris en 1897, a établi que Zola un auteur à succès. Le leader auto-proclamé du naturalisme français, Zola travaille opéras inspirés tels que ceux de Gustave Charpentier, notamment Louise dans les années 1890. Ses œuvres, inspirées par des concepts de l'hérédité (Claude Bernard), le manichéisme et sociale du socialisme idéaliste, résonnent avec celles de Nadar, Manet et par la suite Flaubert.< Less

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