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The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece

by Émile Zola
CD-Audio
Publication Date: 12/06/2020
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Perhaps the most autobiographical of Zola's Rougon-Macquart cycle of novels, The Masterpiece is a hard, bleak, and raw portrait of unrecognised artistic genius. Claude Lantier, brother to Nana and son of Gervaise, is a struggling painter who dreams of conquering Paris's art scene with his revolutionary 'open air' style of painting. Discouraged and mocked, Claude retreats to the countryside with a young woman from Clermont, with whom he has fallen in love, before returning to Paris, where he continues to experience rejection at every turn. Zola's depiction of a frustrated artist is said to have drawn heavily on the real-life experiences of Édouard Manet and Paul Cézanne, the latter of whom broke off his friendship with the author upon reading the novel.
ISBN:
9781094166278
9781094166278
Category:
Uncategorized
Format:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
12-06-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Naxos of America, Incorporated
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
144.78x132.08mm
Émile Zola

Emile Zola, born in 1840, was the founder of the Naturalist movement in French literature.

His novel Therese Raquin caused a scandal on publication and was followed by his brilliant Rougon-Macquart cycle (1871-1893), a series of twenty novels focussed on one family.

Zola died in mysterious circumstances in 1902, the victim of an accident or murder.

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