Germinal (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 18 Jun 1998
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"Superb."--Professor James Chastain, Ohio University"This is far and away the best English translation of Germinal currently available. The translator has captured the nineteenth century flavor of the original without sacrificing clarity or meaning. The introduction and notes are excellent and the map of Montsou and vicinity is a stroke of genius."--Professor Richard Cumming, University of Utah
About the Author
?mile Zola was a French writer who is recognized as an exemplar of literary naturalism and for his contributions to the development of theatrical naturalism. Zola s best-known literary works include the twenty-volume Les Rougon-Macquart, an epic work that examined the influences of violence, alcohol and prostitution on French society through the experiences of two families, the Rougons and the Macquarts. Other remarkable works by Zola include Contes ? Ninon, Les Myst?res de Marseille, and Th?r?se Raquin.
In addition to his literary contributions, Zola played a key role in the Dreyfus Affair of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His newspaper article J Accuse accused the highest levels of the French military and government of obstruction of justice and anti-semitism, for which he was convicted of libel in 1898. After a brief period of exile in England, Zola returned to France where he died in 1902. ?mile Zola is buried in the Panth?on alongside other esteemed literary figures Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas.
Peter Collier is the author (with David Horowitz) of "The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty", which was nominated for the National Book Award, as well as "The Kennedys: An American Drama", "The Roosevelts: An American Saga", and other books. He lives in Nevada City, CA.
Margaret Mauldon has previously translated Zola, L'Assommoir, Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma, Huysmans, Against Nature (winner of the 1999 Scott Moncrieff prize) and Constant, Adolphe for OWC. Robert Lethbridge has edited Zola's L'Assommoir and La Debacle for OWC and has written several books
on Maupassant and Zola.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I am now 62 years of age, but have never forgotten the initial impact this made on me. Somehow Zola's writing is so descriptive and evocative that one feels that one is really there in the suffering and squalor along with the characters. The suffering and social deprivation of those times is quite unbelievable as we look back over 150 years.
I do not know who translated that edition but I have read it in the original French since, where it is even more
If you haven't read it, please do, you'll be glad you did and, as someone else wrote in review, it could even change your life or, at the very least give you much pause for thought.
A far better translation is given by Roger Pearson, who's generally reliable when it comes to Zola:
Germinal (Penguin Classics)
Don't put yourself through unnecessary pain! Read this book in a recognisable form of English - if this translation was your only experience of Zola you'd be left wondering why he's generally regarded as one of the finest writers ever.
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