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  • Published: 23 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241425510
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $32.99

Germinal




New translation by Roger Pearson of the novel considered to be Zola's masterpiece

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Considered by André Gide to be one of the ten greatest novels in the French language, Germinal is a brutal depiction of the poverty and wretchedness of a mining community in northern France under the second empire. At the centre of the novel is Etienne Lantier, a handsome 21 year-old mechanic, intelligent but with little education and a dangerous predisposition to murderous, alcoholic rage. Germinal tells the parallel story of Etienne's refusal to accept what he appears destined to become, and of the miners' difficult decision to strike in order to fight for a better standard of life.

(c) 1885, Émile Zola (P) 2019 Penguin Audio

  • Published: 23 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241425510
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Emile Zola

Émile 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.

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