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Nana by Émile Zola is a captivating and provocative novel that explores the rise and fall of the beautiful and seductive woman at the center of the story. Set in Paris during the late 19th century, the book delves into the world of theater, prostitution, and high society, exposing the corrupt and decadent underbelly of the city.

The character of Nana is both alluring and repulsive, drawing in those around her with her beauty and charm, yet ultimately destroying everything she touches. Zola's vivid descriptions and keen observations bring the setting and characters to life, painting a vivid picture of a society on the brink of collapse.

The author's unflinching portrayal of the consequences of greed, lust, and vanity is both shocking and thought-provoking, making Nana a compelling read that stays with you long after you've finished the book. Zola's masterful storytelling and insightful social commentary make this classic novel a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the darker side of human nature.

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"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

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