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Germinal

ISBN : 9780199536894

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¥1,837
Author: 
Emile Zola; Peter Collier
Pages
576 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
129 x 197 mm
Pub date
Jul 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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Zola's masterpiece of working life, Germinal (1885), exposes the inhuman conditions of miners in northern France in the 1860s. By Zola's death in 1902 it had come to symbolise the call for freedom from oppression so forcefully that the crowd which gathered at his State funeral chanted 'Germinal! Germinal!'.
    
The central figure, Etienne Lantier, is an outsider who enters the community and eventually leads his fellow-miners in a strike protesting against pay-cuts - a strike which becomes a losing battle against starvation, repression, and sabotage. Yet despite all the violence and disillusion which rock the mining community to its foundations, Lantier retains his belief in the ultimate germination of a new society, leading to a better world.
    
Germinal is a dramatic novel of working life and everyday relationships, but it is also a complex novel of ideas, given fresh vigour and power in this new translation.

Index: 

Introduction
Note on the Translation
Select Bibliography
Chronology of Émile Zola
Plan of Montsou and surrounding areas
 
GERMINAL
 
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

Émile Zola
Translated and edited by Peter Collier, University of Cambridge
ith an introduction by Robert Lethbridge, University Lecturer in French; Fellow/ Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

'masterpiece' Oxford Times 
  
'A good translator uses the language of his day; the original text remains fixed, but translations must move with the times. Collier's, though differing from, and not always improving on, Tancock's, is likely to have the same startling effect on the reader coming fresh to it today as his prdecessor's had forty years ago.' F.W.J. Hemmings, French Studies, Vol. 48, Part 4 -

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