The seventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart cycle, L'Assommoir (1877) is the story of a woman's struggle for happiness in working-class Paris. It was a contemporary bestseller, outraged conservative critics, and launched a passionate debate about the legitimate scope of modern literature. At the centre of the novel stands Gervaise, who starts her own laundry and for a time makes a success of it. But her husband Coupeau squanders her earnings in the Assommoir, the local drinking shop, and gradually the pair sink into poverty and squalor. L'Assommoir is the most finely crafted of Zola's novels, and this new translation captures not only the brutality but also the pathos of its characters' lives. This book is a pwerful indictment of nineteenth-century social conditions, and the introduction examines its relation to politics and art as well as its explosive effect on the literary scene. This book is intended for students of French literature from A-level up; students of Realist novel, 19th century novel.
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This title is part of the "Les Rougon-Macquart" series which tells about two branches of a French family traced through several generations. The behaviour of the two families is shown to be conditioned by environment and inherited characteristics, chiefly drunkenness and mental instability.
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 1995. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. English. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140442316
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 1970. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140442316