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Published: 26 September 2018

368 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198753612

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The Bright Side of Life

Emile Zola
Andrew Rothwell

Oxford World's Classics

  • The first modern translation and critical edition of The Bright Side of Life, the twelfth novel in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series.
  • This major new translation by Andrew Rothwell restores the allusions to sexual passion and childbirth cut from the 1888 translation, which formed the basis for all subsequent editions.
  • The first opportunity for over sixty years to read the novel in English as Zola intended it.
  • Introduction and notes look at the conflict between Zola's positivist faith and the developing sciences of the day, the relationship of Pessimism with Naturalism, and the affect censorship had on the novel's reception in the English-speaking world.
  • Includes an up-to-date bibliography, chronology of the author, and helpful explanatory notes