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La Bête humaine

Author: Émile Zola
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Eng. ; New York : Penguin Books, 1977.
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Émile Zola
ISBN: 0140443274 9780140443271
OCLC Number: 3469737
Description: 365 pages ; 18 cm.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Bête humaine.
Responsibility: Émile Zola ; translated with an introduction by Leonard Tancock.

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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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