The thirteenth novel in Émile Zola’s great Rougon-Macquart sequence, Germinal expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, but also shows humanity’s capacity for compassion and hope. Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a... show more
The thirteenth novel in Émile Zola’s great Rougon-Macquart sequence, Germinal expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, but also shows humanity’s capacity for compassion and hope. Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Forced to take a back-breaking job at Le Voreux mine when he cannot get other work, he discovers that his fellow miners are ill, hungry, and in debt, unable to feed and clothe their families. When conditions in the mining community deteriorate even further, Lantier finds himself leading a strike that could mean starvation or salvation for all. New translation Includes introduction, suggestions for further reading, filmography, chronology, explanatory notes, and glossary
Publish date: May 25th 2004
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 592
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 19th Century
, French Literature
Series: Les Rougon-Macquart (#13)
Pretty good read. So powerful and page turning, and so much more disturbing than Grapes of Wrath and other such books. Good insight into the life of miners in pre-unionized blue collar jobs. Such terrible working and living conditions, and amazing to see how long they could make it when they did ...
IntroductionNote on the TranslationSelect BibliographyChronology of Émile ZolaPlan of Montsou and surrounding areas--GerminalExplanatory Notes
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Well, that was depressing.
I haven't bought this book yet, so i'm trying to find out what would be the best translation before i do.Damn, i should get moving with my French so that i can read it in the original! >:(