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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.
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The Drinking Den
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ISBN: 9780140449549 ISBN-10: 014044954X Series: Penguin Classics Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 480 Published: 16th September 2005 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1