Synopses & Reviews
We first meet Nana in the Variety Theatre, whereand#160;the captivating eighteen-year-old isand#160;appearing in the lead role of a musicaland#151;even though she can't act or sing. "Nana has something that makes up for everything else," the theater owner explains, and he's right. Instead of booing her off the stage, the crowd howls with admiration. She has disrobed by the third act, and her career as a femme fatale is off to a sensational start.
Nana crawls out of the gutter to ascend the heights of Parisian society, devouring men and squandering fortunes along the way. Zola begins the story of French realism's most beguiling siren in 1867, amid the decadence and moral decay of France's Gilded Age. Nana's corruption reflects the spirit of her era, her prostitution symbolizing the degenerate state of Second Empire politics and society.and#160;Hailed as one of the first modern novels, Nana addresses contemporary subjects with realistic observations, dialogue, and scenarios. Its publication sparked a heated controversy that made it an overnight bestseller, and it has long since reigned as a classic of French literature.
French realism's most beguiling femme fatale, Nana devoured men and squandered fortunes. An abrupt departure from Zola's usually earthy style, this evocative tale of a 19th century prostitute was a searing condemnation of the hypocrisy and corruption that ran rampant during the 2nd Empire. A classic of French literature.
French realism's most beguiling femme fatale, Nana crawled from the gutter to ascend the heights of Parisian society, devouring men and squandering fortunes along the way. Her corruption reflects the degenerate state of the Second Empire and her story a classic of French literature is among the first modern novels.