In contrast with the epic scope of the Rougon-Macquart novels, Zola's short stories are concerned with the everyday aspects of human existence and the interests of ordinary people.
From the cruel irony of `Captain Burle' to the Rabelaisian exuberance of `Coqueville on the Spree', these stories display the broad range of Zola's imagination, using a variety of tones, from the quietly cynical to the compassionate, from the playful to the tragic.
- Dead Men Tell No Tales
- Coqueville on the Spree
- Captain Burle
- Shellfish for Monsieur Chabre