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Emile Zola's classic tale depicts killing and adultery amid the lower classes of French society. This edition is authoritatively translated by Edward Vizetelly Surbiton.
Although Therese Raquin was the third work released by the promising young French author, it was the first to confer true notoriety and renown upon its author. The unflinching descriptions of violence and romantic affairs in the impoverished neighbourhoods of Paris - the play's plot, involving an affair between a woman who later contrives to murder her husband, is undeniably grim but compelling reading.
Also staged as a play, this book is responsible for unleashing Zola's frank and dramatic powers of description upon the French public. It would also be the first book to gain the writer modest international attention, in part for its clinical and 'naturalist' approach to examining the characters, their dark motives, and their environment.
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Emile Zola (1840-1902) is the foremost representative of the Naturalist school, and is best remembered for "Therese Raquin" and his 20-novel cycle, the Rougon-Macquarts. Adam Thorpe is a novelist, poet, and translator. His translation of "Madame Bovary" is highly acclaimed.Review:
"I love this because it's the story of how you can't escape the inevitabilities of love and it's just a fantastic piece of writing." --Sue Perkins, "Express
"By merging elements of the gothic and tragic with a study of petit-bourgeois banality, Zola created a work of enduring fascination." --"Observer
" "It was attacked by critics of the day as stinking filth and a foul sewer. Little wonder, then, that it became an instant bestseller and I'll admit I was completely riveted by its melodramatics from start to finish." --"Daily Mail
"In Adam Thorpe's stark new translation, ["Therese Raquin"] is revealed in all its queasy glory as a shockingly effective literary mash-up of pulp fiction, melodrama and grimly unflinching social realism." --"Metro"
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