Émile Zola: Money - an audio guide

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"The irresistible power of money, a lever that can lift the world. Love and money are the only things"

Oxford World's Classics presents the first new translation of this powerful novel since 1894, and the first unabridged translation in English. The eighteenth novel in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series, Money has many contemporary resonances, with a financier for its central character and a plot that involves a banking crisis, illegal practices, manipulation of the press, politics, sex, and power.

Aristide Rougon, known as Saccard, is a failed property speculator determined to make his way once more in Paris. Unscrupulous, seductive, and with unbounded ambition, he schemes and manipulates his way to power. Financial undertakings in the Middle East lead to the establishment of a powerful new bank and speculation on the stock market; Saccard meanwhile conducts his love life as energetically as he does his business, and his empire is seemingly unstoppable.

To listen to Valerie Minogue, editor of the Oxford World’s Classics edition, introduce Money click on the links below.

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Zola and the Rougon-Macquart series