The Debacle (Paperback)

Author: Zola, Emile

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*Author: Zola, Emile *Series Title: Penguin Classics *Publication Date: 1973/02/01 *Number of Pages: 509 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 4.50 *Height: 7.00


Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780140442809
SKU 30017590
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0140442804
Release Date 2/1/1973
Dimensions (in Inches) 7H x 4.5L x 0.75T
Author Info
Emile Zola
Zola grew up in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France, where he was friendly with the painter C?zanne. His Italian father died when Zola was 7, and his family moved to Paris, where Zola was educated. Not a strong student, he worked at odd jobs and began to write, publishing his first short-story collection, in 1864, and his first novel in 1865, by which time he was a successful journalist. Under the influence of Balzac, he became committed to naturalistic writing. His first successful novel was "L'Assommoir" in 1877, which brought him fame and fortune. He abandoned naturalism, however, late in life, and his last works are utopian fantasies. At the age of 62, Zola died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a blocked chimney, although--because of his defense of Dreyfus in the celebrated Dreyfus Affair in his 1898 article, "J'accuse"--the possibility that he was murdered has never been entirely ruled out.
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Annotation This realistically detailed account of France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian war and its aftermath, a savage indictment of the effects of war on human society, is Zola's only purely historical work.
Editors Note Conservative and working-class, Jean Macquart is an experienced, middle-aged soldier in the French army, who has endured deep personal loss. When he first meets the wealthy and mercurial Maurice Levasseur, who never seems to have suffered, his hatred is immediate. But after they are thrown together during the disastrous Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71, the pair are compelled to understand one other. Forging a profound friendship, they must struggle together to endure a disorganised and brutal war, the savage destruction of France's Second Empire and the fall of Napoleon III. One of the greatest of all war novels, The Debacle is the nineteenth novel in Zola's great Rougon-Macquart cycle. A forceful and deeply moving tale of close friendship, it is also a fascinating chronicle of the events that were to lead, in the words of Zola himself, to 'the murder of a nation'.
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