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In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Therese Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband's earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Therese Raquin caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola's novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence.
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.
The Background to ThTrFse Raquin
Science and Literature Progress and Positivism
The Realistic Imagination
The Birth of Naturalism ThTrFse Raquin
Narrative and Myth Plot
Narration Character Symbol and Image
Notes to Introduction
PrTface de la DeuxiFme +dition ThTrFse Raquin
Notes to Text
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ISBN: 9780140449440 ISBN-10: 0140449442 Series: Penguin Classics Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 240 Published: 29th July 2004 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1