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The Drinking Den (Les Rougon-Macquart, #7) Émile Zola

The Drinking Den (Les Rougon-Macquart, #7)

Émile Zola

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ISBN : 9780140449549
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480 pages
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Previously published as Lassommoir (The Dram Shop), Emile Zolas The Drinking Den is an unflinching study of a desperate young woman struggling against the ravages of vice. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the French with anMorePreviously published as Lassommoir (The Dram Shop), Emile Zolas The Drinking Den is an unflinching study of a desperate young woman struggling against the ravages of vice. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the French with an introduction by Robin Buss. Abandoned by her lover and left to bring up their two children alone, Gervaise Macquart has to fight to earn an honest living. When she accepts the marriage proposal of Monsieur Coupeau, it seems as though she is on the path to a decent, respectable life at last. But with her husbands drinking and the unexpected appearance of a figure from her past, Gervaises plans begin to unravel tragically. The Drinking Den caused a sensation when it was first published, with its gritty depiction of the poverty and squalor, slums and drinking houses of the Parisian underclass. The seventh novel in Zolas great Rougon-Macquart cycle, it was the work that made his reputation. And, in his moving portrayal of Gervaises struggle for happiness, Zola created one of the most sympathetic heroines in nineteenth-century literature. Robin Buss translation renders Zolas street argot into clear, contemporary English. This edition also includes an introduction discussing Zolas Naturalistic method, with maps of Paris, Zolas preface responding to his critics, notes, a chronology and further reading. 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)