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The Beast in Man By Emile Zola

The Beast in Man
by Emile Zola

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One of Zola's most violent works, this novel is on one level a tale of murder and possession, and on another a compassionate study of individuals derailed by atavistic forces beyond their control. It evokes life at the end of the Second Empire in France, and a society hurtling towards the future.
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The Beast in Man by Emile Zola

La Bete humaine (1890), the seventeenth novel in the Rougon-Macquart series, is one of Zola's most violent and explicit works. On one level a tale of murder, passion, and possession, it is also a compassionate study of individuals derailed by atavistic forces beyond their control. Zola considered this his 'most finely worked' novel, and in it he powerfully evokes life at the end of the Second Empire in France, where society seemed to be hurtling into the future like the new locomotives and railways it was building. While expressing the hope that human nature evolves through education and gradually frees itself of the burden of inherited evil, he is constantly reminding us that under the veneer of technological progress there remains, always, the beast within. This new translation captures Zola's fast-paced yet deliberately dispassionate style, while the introduction and detailed notes place the novel in its social, historical, and literary context.

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GOR001203605
The Beast in Man by Emile Zola
Emile Zola
Classics
Used - Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1977-04-28
368
0140443274
9780140443271
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.