Earth (Oxford World's Classics)

Earth (Oxford World's Classics)


'Only the earth is immortal...the earth we like sufficient to dedicate homicide for her.'

Zola's novel of peasant existence, the 15th within the Rougon-Macquart sequence, is mostly considered as one in all his best achievements, corresponding to Germinal and L'Assommoir. Set in a village within the Beauce, in northern France, it depicts the harshness of the peasants' global and their visceral attachment to the land. Jean Macquart, a veteran of the conflict of Solferino and now an itinerant farm labourer, is drawn into the affairs of the Fouan relatives while he starts off relationship younger Françoise. He turns into focused on a sour dispute over the valuables of Papa Fouan while the previous guy divides his land among his 3 kids. Resentment turns to greed and violence in a Darwinian conflict for supremacy.

Zola's unflinching depiction of the savagery of peasant lifestyles surprised his readers, and ended in assaults on Naturalism's literary time table. This new translation captures the novel's mixture of brutality and lyricism in its evocation of the inexorable cycle of the typical world.

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