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A Love Story

Émile Zola
Helen Constantine and Edited by Brian Nelson

October 2017

ISBN: 9780198728641

304 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

A fascinating study in sexual psychology and sexual politics, the novel focuses on Hélène Grandjean, a widow, and her shifting emotional states. This is the eighth novel in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series, and the first modern translation for more than fifty years.

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A fascinating study in sexual psychology and sexual politics, the novel focuses on Hélène Grandjean, a widow, and her shifting emotional states. This is the eighth novel in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series, and the first modern translation for more than fifty years.

  • The first modern translation for more than fifty years and the first critical edition of A Love Story, the eighth novel in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series.
  • Excellent new translation by Helen Constantine, well known for her editions of Paris Tales (OUP, 2004) and French Tales (OUP, 2008) and translations of Zola, Gautier, and Balzac for Penguin and Oxford World's Classics.
  • Intoduction and notes by Brian Nelson, the distinguished translator of many Zola editions for Oxford World's Classics including The Fortune of the Rougons and The Ladies' Paradise
  • A fascinating study in sexual psychology and sexual politics that brings into question Zola's attitudes towards adultery and bourgeois marriage
  • Includes an up-to-date bibliography, chronology of the author, and helpful explanatory notes

About the Author(s)

Émile Zola

Helen Constantine and Edited by Brian Nelson, Emeritus Professor, Monash University

Helen Constantine was Head of Modern Languages at Bartholomew School near Oxford before retiring from teaching in 2000. She is now a full-time translator and editor. From 2003-2012 she was co-editor of the international magazine Modern Poetry in Translation. She has published four volumes of translated stories, Paris Tales, Paris Metro Tales, French Tales, and Paris Steet Tales. Her translations include The Conquest of Plassans by Zola, and Flaubert's A Sentimental Education for Oxford World's Classics.

Brian Nelson is Emeritus Professor (French Studies and Translation Studies) at Monash University, Melbourne, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He has been editor of the Australian Journal of French Studies since 2002. His publications include The Cambridge Companion to Zola (CUP, 20017), Zola and the Bourgeoisie (Palgrave Macmillan, 1983), and translations of Earth, The Fortune of the Rougons, The Belly of Paris, The Kill, Pot Luck, and The Ladies' Paradise for Oxford World's Classics. He was awarded the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Translation in 2015. His most recent critical work is The Cambridge Introduction to French Literature (CUP, 2015).

Reviews

"Theres so much to love and admire about this novel, which has rarely appeared in an English translation." - Harriet Devine, Shiny New Books

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