La Debacle

La Debacle

(reissue)

by Emile Zola and Robert Lethbridge

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/11/2017

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'My title speaks not merely of war, but also of the crumbling of a regime and the end of a world.'
Emile Zola

The penultimate novel of the Rougon-Macquart cycle, La Debacle (1892) takes as its subject the dramatic events of the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune of 1870-1. During Zola's lifetime it was the bestselling of all his novels, praised by contemporaries for its epic sweep as well as for its attention to historical detail.

La Debacle seeks to explain why the Second Empire ended in a crushing military defeat and revolutionary violence. It focuses on ordinary soldiers, showing their bravery and suffering in the midst of circumstances they cannot control, and includes some of the most powerful descriptions Zola ever wrote. Zola skilfully integrates his narrative of events and the fictional lives of his characters to provide the finest account of this tragic chapter in the history of France. Often
compared to War and Peace, La Debacle has been described as a 'seminal' work for all modern depictions of war.
ISBN:
9780198801894
9780198801894
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-11-2017
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
592
Dimensions (mm):
195x139x27mm
Weight:
0.41kg
Emile Zola

Emile Zola (1840-1902) is the foremost representative of the Naturalist school, and is best remembered for Therese Raquin and his twenty-novel cycle, The Rougon-Macquarts.

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