Thérèse Raquin by Emile ZolaThérèse Raquin by Emile Zola

Thérèse Raquin

byEmile ZolaTranslated byAdam Thorpe

Paperback | November 25, 2014

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"Its force of impact, its narrative muscle and its psychological clarity make it still, nearly 150 years on, one of the most shocking books in the canon." --Julian Barnes


      Mysterious disappearances, domestic cases, noiseless, bloodless snuffings-out... the law can look as deep as it likes, but when the crime itself goes unsuspected... oh yes, there's many a murderer basking in the sun.
      When Thérèse Raquin is forced to marry the sickly Camille, she sees a bare life stretching out before her, leading every evening to the same cold bed and every morning to the same empty day. Escape comes in the form of her husband's friend, Laurent, and Thérèse throws herself headlong into an affair. There seems only one obstacle to their happiness; Camille. They plot to be rid of him. But in destroying Camille they kill the very desire that connects them. First published in 1867, Thérèse Raquin has lost none of its power to enthral. Adam Thorpe's unflinching translation brings Zola's dark and shocking masterwork to life.
ÉMILE ZOLA (1840-1902) is the author of Les Rougon-Macquart -- a cycle of 20 novels written over a period of 22 years including Nana (1880), Germinal (1885) and The Drinking Den (1877) which provides a panoramic view of life under Napoleon III. He was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction. Zola campaigned for ...
Title:Thérèse RaquinFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.85 × 5.05 × 0.63 inPublished:November 25, 2014Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099573539

ISBN - 13:9780099573531

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