Emile Zola's classic tale of killing and adultery amid the lower classes of French society is brought to the reader anew in this inexpensive edition 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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?mile Zola was a French writer who is recognized as an exemplar of literary naturalism and for his contributions to the development of theatrical naturalism. Zola s best-known literary works include the twenty-volume Les Rougon-Macquart, an epic work that examined the influences of violence, alcohol and prostitution on French society through the experiences of two families, the Rougons and the Macquarts. Other remarkable works by Zola include Contes ? Ninon, Les Myst?res de Marseille, and Th?r?se Raquin.
In addition to his literary contributions, Zola played a key role in the Dreyfus Affair of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His newspaper article J Accuse accused the highest levels of the French military and government of obstruction of justice and anti-semitism, for which he was convicted of libel in 1898. After a brief period of exile in England, Zola returned to France where he died in 1902. ?mile Zola is buried in the Panth?on alongside other esteemed literary figures Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas.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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