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ISBN13: 9780140449440
ISBN10: 0140449442
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In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Thérèse Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband’s earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Thérèse Raquin caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola’s novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness, and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence.

  • Robin Buss's translation superbly conveys Zola's fearlessly honest and matter-of-fact style, combining fidelity to Zola's idiosyncrasies with easy fluency in English
  • Introduction discusses Zola's life and literary career and the influence of art, literature, and science on his writing
  • Includes the preface to the author's second edition of 1868, chronology, suggestions for further reading, and notes


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About the Author

Émile Zola (1840–1902) was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction.

Robin Buss is a journalist and translator. His translations for Penguin Classics include The Black Tulip by Dumas and Under Fire by Barbusse, as well as other works by Zola.

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lukas, January 28, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"Therese Raquin is the only one of Emile Zola's works outside of his novel-cycle "Les Rougon-Macquart and his polemic "J'Accuse" that is widely read. Indeed, with a few individual works from that twenty-volume cycle, it represents the height of his achievement as a novelist."-from the introduction
Along with Flaubert, Balzac, and de Maussapant, the French writer Emile Zola helped pioneer what we think of as realism (which would mutate into naturalism) and lay the groundwork for the modern novel. "Therese Raquin," which has been filmed several time, is one of his best-known and most accessible books, although it originally shocked people in 1867 for its frank, non-judgmental look at adultery, murder, suicide, and the dark controlling forces of society. Not a fun read by any means, but an important one for anyone who wants to understand the development of the novel. Its plot of a woman and her lover killing her husband also forecasts film noir and hardboiled fiction, especially the books of James M. Cain.
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Penguin Books
Buss, Robin
Buss, Robin
Tancock, Leonard
Zola, Emile
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
March 2005
Grade Level:
from 12
198 X 129 in.
Age Level:
from 18

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