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Published: 12 June 2014

352 Pages


ISBN: 9780199664788

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The Conquest of Plassans

Émile Zola
Helen Constantine and Patrick McGuinness

Oxford World's Classics

  • The first modern translation for more than fifty years and the first critical edition of The Conquest of Plassans, the fourth novel in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series.
  • Features members of the Rougon-Macquart family first introduced in The Fortune of the Rougons (OWC, 2012), and others, such as Octave Mouret, who will reappear in later novels including The Ladies' Paradise.
  • A fascinating study of French provincial life and the power struggles between clergy and local government, involving political intrigue, corruption, vote-rigging, financial scandal, and other topical issues.
  • Excellent new translation by Helen Constantine, well known for her editions of Paris Tales (OUP, 2004) and French Tales (OUP, 2008) and translations of Gautier and Balzac for Penguin and Oxford World's Classics.
  • Fascinating introduction and helpful notes by Man Booker Prize nominated novelist and poet Patrick McGuinness.

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