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The Fortune of the Rougons

Emile Zola
^D'Emile Zola

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The Fortune of the Rougons is the first book in Zola's epic twenty-volume Rougon-Macquart series, the foundational stone of Zola's later masterpieces like L'Assommoir and Germinal. In this first scene-setting novel, political intrigue and family drama intertwine as two brothers vie to come out on top while France's republic is once again overthrown by a coup d'at, this time staged by Napoln's nephew, in 1851. Both a stinging political satire and a tragedy of ancient Greek proportions, The Fortune of the Rougons is the start of a family curse that will haunt its members for generations to come.
'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 Proven¸cal town of Plassans, The Fortune of the Rougons tells the story of Silvère and Miette, two idealistic young supporters of the republican resistance to Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte's coup d'´etat in December 1851. They join the woodcutters and peasants of the Var to seize control of Plassans, opposed by the Bonapartist loyalists led by Silvère'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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Translated by Brian Nelson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 09 Aug 2012
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 16 mm
ISBN: 9780199560998