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THE FORTUNE OF ROUGONS (Oxford World´s Classics New Edition)


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Publikováno: 2012
Formát: paperback paperback 336 stran
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The first novel in Zola's famous Rougon-Macquart series, The Fortune of the Rougons is the series' founding text in which the prehistory of the family's two branches is recounted, establishing the hereditary basis for the family characteristics and flaws evident in the later novels. Set during the time of Louis-Napoleon's coup d'état in 1851, the exciting events establish the symbolic links between a tainted family and the diseased society of the Second Empire. Only the second new translation since the nineteenth century. The wide-ranging introduction explains the background to the Rougon-Macquart series as well as the historical setting of the novel and its special qualities. Brian Nelson is the established translator of four other Zola novels in Oxford World's Classics. Includes chronology, bibliography, and explanatory notes. 'He thought he could see, in a flash, the future of the Rougon-Macquart family, a pack of wild satiated appetites in the midst of a blaze of gold and blood.' Set in the fictitious Provençal town of Plassans, The Fortune of the Rougons tells the story of Silvere and Miette, two idealistic young supporters of the republican resistance to Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte's coup d'état in December 1851. They join the woodcutters and peasants of the Var to seize control of Plassans, opposed by the Bonapartist loyalists led by Silvere's uncle, Pierre Rougon. Meanwhile, the foundations of the Rougon family and its illegitimate Macquart branch are being laid in the brutal beginnings of the Imperial regime. The Fortune of the Rougons is the first in Zola's famous Rougon-Macquart series of novels. In it we learn how the two branches of the family came about, and the origins of the hereditary weaknesses passed down the generations. Murder, treachery, and greed are the keynotes, and just as the Empire was established through violence, the 'fortune' of the Rougons is paid for in blood. Readership: Readers of classic fiction, French literature, and Zola, anyone interested in French culture and history; students of French literature, cultural studies, the Second Empire.


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  • ISBN: 0199560994
  • EAN: 9780199560998

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