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Published: 25 June 2009

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780199555840

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The Belly of Paris

Émile Zola
Translated by Brian Nelson

Oxford World's Classics

  • This is the first English translation of Le Ventre de Paris for fifty years. The third in Zola's great cycle of twenty novels, Les Rougon-Macquart, it is just as enthralling as Germinal, Thérèse Raquin and other novels in the series, and its focus on food, eating disorders, consumerism, and the city makes it especially topical.
  • The focus of the novel on the great Paris food hall, Les Halles, and Zola's famous Impressionist descriptions of food make this a particularly compelling novel. Brian Nelson's lively translation captures the spirit of Zola's world in the same way as his popular translation of Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies' Paradise).
  • The Introduction explores the use of food in the novel to represent social class, social attitudes, political conflicts and other aspect of the culture of the times, as well as the problematical relationship between art and modern life.
  • The bibliography and notes ensure that this is the most critically up-to-date edition of the novel in print.

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