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The Drinking Den  : Penguin Classics - Emile Zola

The Drinking Den

Penguin Classics


Published: 16th September 2005
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Set in the taverns of Paris, this is perhaps the first classical tragedy of working-class people living in the slums of a city. The Drinking Den (1877) is part of the Rougon-Macquart series, a naturalistic history of two branches of a family traced through several generations. Zola's work was influenced by contemporary theories of heredity and experimental science, and the behaviour of the two families is shown to be conditioned by environment and inherited characteristics, chiefly drunkenness and mental instability.

About the Author

Emile Zola (1840-1902) was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction. His principal work, Les Rougon-Macquart, is a panorama of mid-19th century French life, in a cycle of 20 novels which Zola wrote over a period of 22 years.

Chronologyp. vii
Introductionp. xiii
Further Readingp. xxxi
A Note on the Translationp. xxxii
The Drinking Denp. 1
Notesp. 433
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ISBN: 9780140449549
ISBN-10: 014044954X
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 16th September 2005
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1