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By: Émile Zola (1840-1902)

J'accuse…! by Émile Zola (French) J'accuse…!

J’accuse est le titre d’un article rédigé par Émile Zola lors de l’affaire Dreyfus et publié dans le journal L’Aurore du 13 janvier 1898 sous forme d’une lettre ouverte au Président de la République Félix Faure. Il s’est inspiré d’un dossier fourni en 1896 par l’écrivain Bernard Lazare. (Résumé de Wikipedia) “J’accuse!” (I accuse!) was published January 13, 1898 in the maiden issue of the newspaper L’Aurore (The Dawn). It had the effect of a bomb. In the words of historian Barbara Tuchman, it was “one of the great commotions of history...

L'Assommoir by Émile Zola L'Assommoir

Émile François Zola (French pronunciation: [emil zɔˈla]) (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was an influential French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism. More than half of Zola’s novels were part of a set of twenty novels about a family under the Second Empire collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart. L’Assommoir (1877) is the seventh novel in the series. Usually considered one of Zola’s masterpieces, the novel—a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris—was a huge commercial success and established Zola’s fame and reputation throughout France and the world.

Therese Raquin by Émile Zola Therese Raquin

An unsatisfied wife kills her weak husband in order to carry on a sordid affair with another man. However, her selfish plans are spoiled when her husband continues to haunt her. This is often said to be Zola's first great novel.

The Flood, trans. by an unknown translator by Émile Zola The Flood, trans. by an unknown translator

A well-to-do French farm family is destroyed by a flood. The story, thrilling to the very end, is told from the point of view of the family’s 70-year-old patriarch. The story speaks of the helplessness of mankind in the face of the forces of nature.

Book cover (French) Germinal

Fresque sociale qui décrit les conditions de vie des mineurs au XIXème siècle, Germinal est le treizième roman de la série des Rougon-Macquart. Le roman retrace la vie d'Etienne Lantier, jeune mineur amoureux de Catherine Maheu, et de son combat pour une société plus juste. (résumé par Nadine) Germinal is the main book in the series "Rougon-Macquart" and describes the inhumane conditions in French mines in the 19th century.

Book cover (French) Nana
Book cover (French) Au bonheur des dames
Book cover (French) L'assommoir
Book cover English Translations Of Works Of Emile Zola
Book cover (French) Le Ventre de Paris
Book cover (French) La Bête Humaine
Book cover (French) Therese Raquin (Français)
Book cover The Fat and the Thin
Book cover (French) L'argent
Book cover (French) L'oeuvre
Book cover Four Short Stories By Emile Zola
Book cover (French) La curée
Book cover (French) La débâcle
Book cover (French) Le naturalisme au théâtre: les théories et les exemples3
Book cover (French) La Terre
Book cover The Downfall
Book cover The Fortune of the Rougons
Book cover L'Assommoir
Book cover (French) Le Docteur Pascal
Book cover (French) Le rêve
Book cover Doctor Pascal
Book cover (French) Les trois villes: Paris
Book cover (French) Les trois villes: Rome
Book cover (French) Une Page d'Amour
Book cover (French) Son Excellence Eugène Rougon
Book cover (French) Les trois villes: Lourdes
Book cover (French) La Faute De L'Abbé Mouret
Book cover Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Book cover (French) Pot-bouille
Book cover The Dream
Book cover A Love Episode
Book cover (French) La Conquete De Plassans
Book cover (French) Contes à Ninon
Book cover The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris
Book cover The Three Cities Trilogy: Lourdes
Book cover (French) Nouveaux Contes à Ninon
Book cover (Dutch) Nantas
Book cover The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome
Book cover The Three Cities Trilogy: Paris
Book cover Fruitfulness
Book cover The Fête At Coqueville 1907
Book cover (Finnish) Kertomuksia
Book cover (Finnish) Juutalaisten puolustukseksi
Book cover (Finnish) Rynnäkkö myllyä vastaan
Book cover Mysteries of Marseilles

The elopement of Philippe Cayol, an aspiring liberal, poor and untitled with Blanche De Cazalis, niece of a powerful millionaire and politician sets the stage in this novel full of twists and turns with villains a plenty. Philippe's brother Marius strives to protect the two lovers from the De Cazalis' uncontrolled fury. Although written in his youth Zola's signature style, his indignation about injustice and his vivid characterization of the noble, the wealthy and common man is very evident in this non stop adventure. - Summary by Celine Major

Book cover Markets of Paris

The Markets of Paris is a remarkable work, and is the one which Zola calls his very best novel, and of which he is far more proud than of any others in his Rougon-Marquart series – prouder than of L’Assommoir. It must have been in his early manhood, when poor and friendless, he lived among the people, that much of the information which makes these pages so startlingly vivid, was acquired. How many mornings, long before dawn, must he have visited these markets – how many hours and days must he have spent there, to have mastered the habits, manners and ways of these people, who are a class by themselves, and of whom we do not lose sight, from the beginning to the end of the book...

Book cover Jolly Parisiennes and Other Novelettes

“The Jolly Parisiennes” by Émile Zola is a very clever, brilliant and interesting romance of a “grande passion” with an undercurrent of political intrigue. The plot is ingenious both in conception and execution, while the tone of the novel is exceedingly bright and vivacious. A peculiar phase of Parisian society is most agreeably dealt with. The heroines, Louise Neigeon and Berthe Gaucheraud, are very jolly ladies indeed, but they never forget that they are ladies, even in their merriest and most eccentric moods...

Book cover Rome

The Abbe Pierre Froment, after his experiences in Lourdes, has written a book expressing a vision of a new enlightened papacy. He visits Rome to defend this book against condemnation and seeks audience with the Pope. He is introduced to aristocratic and ecclesiastical society, and during his three months' stay has the opportunity to reflect on the historical position of the "Eternal City", as well as its future and that of the Roman Catholic Church, reflections imbued with Zola's deep skepticism and his modernistic views...

Book cover Nana

Excerpt from Introduction: "Nana" stands third in popularity among the Zola novels. It is a study of the prostitute type and it gives a memorable picture of the life of the tinsel underworld of the Paris theaters, night life, and its parasites. Perhaps Zola pursues Nana a bit too relentlessly: certainly his putting a period to her career by showing her as a putrefying corpse is more symbolic than is wholly necessary; but it remains a novel of truth and beauty, even if a beauty of a drab and often terrible sort. Summary by Burton Rascoe / Celine Major

Book cover (Spanish) ensueño

El ensueño es una obra que forma parte de la serie de veinte novelas que Zola tituló “Les Rougon- Macquart”. Entre “La tierra y La bestia humana” surge “Le rêve” en ella nos cuenta una enternecedora historia de amor entre una niña huérfana y un noble.

Book cover (Spanish) L'Assommoir (la taberna)

Gervasia es planchadora y amante del sombrerero Lantier con quien tiene dos hijos, pero Lantier es vago y vividor lo que hace que Gervasia tome la decisión de abandonarle. Gervasia conoce a su vecino Coupeau que se muestra amable con ella y con sus hijos. Cuando Coupeau le propone matrimonio Gervasia, aunque duda, finalmente acepta casarse con él. Pero las cosas poco a poco se irán deteriorando; Coupeau cae en el alcoholismo y poco a poco arrastra a Gervasia a la bebida.

Book cover Lourdes

This book describes a five day national pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Lourdes, where miracle cures are hoped for. The central character is a priest, Pierre, whose faith is faltering. He is accompanying his childhood sweetheart who has been stricken with paralysis and whose faith is strong. In the background of the great irony of this relationship, there are numerous sub-plots, some tragic, some whimsical, involving a large number of characters, set in the midst of organised chaos in the pilgrimage site. Through Pierre's mental and spiritual experiences Zola explores the role of religious faith in a society coming to terms with science and reason. - Summary by Peter Tucker

Book cover Fortune of the Rougons

The Fortune of the Rougons , originally published in 1871, is the first novel in Émile Zola's monumental twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. In his introduction Zola indicates that this series is intended to demonstrate the interaction of heredity and environment along the lines of natural selection and evolution. While Zola's metascience is questionable, this novel is successful in its analysis of the interaction of momentous social and political events and the everyday lives and aspirations of a provincial society...

Book cover Germinal (English)

This epic about French coal miners and the burgeoning labor movement is considered one of Zola's finest novels. - Summary by Matt Pierard

Book cover Ladies' Paradise

Zola's original French publication, Au Bonheur des Dames , published 1882, is the eleventh novel in his Rougon-Macquart series. This English translation by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly, was published in 1886. It's a glitzy, fast paced Parisian drama depicting life at the world's first department store, revealing its many innovative marketing concepts, fashion, glamour, lust, greed, courage, deception, human foibles, and the vision and financial risk-taking that led to a world transformation in shopping -- one that set all the little shop keepers on their heads...


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