By: Zola Emile.

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Les Rougon-Macquart is the collective title given to a cycle of twenty novels by French writer mile Zola. Subtitled Histoire naturelle et sociale d'une famille sous le Second Empire (Natural and social history of a family under the Second Empire) , it follows the life of the two titular branches of a fictional family living during the Second French Empire (18521870) and is an example of French naturalism. Zola speaks of Balzac, "In one word, his work wants to be the mirror of the contemporary society. My work, mine, will be something else entirely. The scope will be narrower. I don't want to describe the contemporary society, but a single family, showing how the race is modified by the environment. (...) My big task is to be strictly naturalist, strictly physiologist." speaking of the family he is writing about, The great characteristic of the Rougon-Macquarts, the group or family which I propose to study, is their ravenous appetite, the great outburst of our age which rushes upon enjoyment. Physiologically the Rougon-Macquarts represent the slow succession of accidents pertaining to the nerves or the blood, which befall a race after the first organic lesion, and, according to environment, determine in each individual member of the race those feelings, desires and passionsbriefly, all the natural and instinctive manifestations peculiar to humanitywhose outcome assumes the conventional name of virtue or vice" Nineteen [out of 20] volumes. 3/4 red leather over marbled boards. Firm and straight. Contents clean and white. German language text. Matching marble EPS. Binding solid. 5.25" x 8". COMMENTS- "The Rougon-Macquart family begins with Adelade Fouque. Born in 1768 in the fictional Provenal town Plassans to middle-class parents (members of the French "bourgeoisie") , she has a slight intellectual disability. She marries Rougon, and gives birth to a son, Pierre Rougon. However, she also has a lover, the smuggler Macquart, with whom she has two children: Ursule and Antoine Macquart. This means that the family is split in three branches: The first, legitimate, one is the Rougons branch. They are the most successful of the children. Most of them live in the upper classes (such as Eugene Rougon who becomes a minister) or/and have a good education (such as Pascal, the doctor which is the main protagonist of Le Docteur Pascal). The second branch is the low-born Macquarts. They are blue-collar workers (L'Assommoir) , farmers (La Terre) , or soldiers (La Dbcle). The third branch is the Mourets (the name of Ursule Macquart's husband). They are a mix of the others two. They are middle-class people and tend to live more balanced lives than the others. Because Zola believed that everyone is driven by their heredity, Adelaide's children show signs of their mother's original deficiency. "


Author Name: Zola Emile.

Categories: Genealogy,

Publisher: Columbus, OH, Gustav Grimm's Verlag: C1880

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 35193