Germinal (Les Rougon-Macquart, #13)

Germinal (Les Rougon-Macquart, #13)

ISBN: 0140447423

ISBN 13: 9780140447422

Publication Date: January 29, 2004

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Pages: 592

Format: Paperback

Authors: Émile Zola, Roger Pearson

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The thirteenth novel in Émile Zola’s great Rougon-Macquart sequence, Germinal expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, but also shows humanity’s capacity for compassion and hope.

Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Forced to take a back-breaking job at Le Voreux mine when he cannot get other work, he discovers that his fellow miners are ill, hungry, in debt, and unable to feed and clothe their families. When conditions in the mining community deteriorate even further, Lantier finds himself leading a strike that could mean starvation or salvation for all.

•New translation
• Includes introduction, suggestions for further reading, filmography, chronology, explanatory notes, and glossary

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