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The Masterpiece

ISBN : 9780199536917

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¥1,639
Author: 
Emile Zola; Thomas Walton; Roger Pearson
Pages
400 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
129 x 195 mm
Pub date
Jul 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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The Masterpiece is the tragic story of Claude Lantier, an ambitious and talented young artist from the provinces who has come to conquer Paris and is conquered by the flaws in his own genius. While his boyhood friend Pierre Sandoz becomes a successful novelist, Claude's originality is mocked at the Salon and turns gradually into a doomed obsession with one great canvas. Life - in the form of his model and wife Christine and their deformed child Jacques - is sacrificed on the altar of Art. The Masterpiece is the most autobiographical of the twenty novels in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series. Set in the 1860s and 1870s, it provides a unique insight into his career as a writer and his relationship with Cezanne, a friend since their schooldays in Aix-en-Provence. It also presents a well-documented account of the turbulent Bohemia world in which the Impressionists came to prominence despit the conservatism of the Academy and the ridicule of the general public.

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Translated by Thomas Walton
Translation revised and introduced by Roger Pearson, Fellow and Tutor in French, The Queen's College, Oxford

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