The Belly of Paris

Paperback | July 25, 2009

byEmile ZolaTranslated byBrian Nelson

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'Respectable people... What bastards!' Unjustly deported to Devil's Island following Louis-Napoleon's coup-d'etat in December 1851, Florent Quenu escapes and returns to Paris. He finds the city changed beyond recognition. The old Marche des Innocents has been knocked down as part of Haussmann's grand programme of urban reconstructionto make way for Les Halles, the spectacular new food markets. Disgusted by a bourgeois society whose devotion to food is inseparable from its devotion to the Government, Florent attempts an insurrection. Les Halles, apocalyptic and destructive, play an active role in Zola's picture of a world inwhich food and the injustice of society are inextricably linked. The Belly of Paris (Le Ventre de Paris) is the third volume in Zola's famous cycle of twenty novels, Les Rougon-Macquart. It introduces the painter Claude Lantier and in its satirical representation of the bourgeoisie and capitalism complements Zola's other great novels of social conflict and urbanpoverty.

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'Respectable people... What bastards!' Unjustly deported to Devil's Island following Louis-Napoleon's coup-d'etat in December 1851, Florent Quenu escapes and returns to Paris. He finds the city changed beyond recognition. The old Marche des Innocents has been knocked down as part of Haussmann's grand programme of urban reconstruction...

Brian Nelson has also translated Zola's The Ladies' Paradise, Pot Luck, and The Kill for OWC. He is Professor of French Studies at Monash University in Melbourne.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.01 inPublished:July 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199555842

ISBN - 13:9780199555840

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The belly of paris Ending was a little disappointing but over all a good read.
Date published: 2014-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paris in all its splendour! . The story is about how produce went to what Zola called "the Belly of Paris," Les Halles, the great market hall built in the 1850s by Victor Baltard. The ongoing struggles between beautiful Lisa (meat) and beautiful Norman (fish). Lisa has taken care of her brother in law, Florent, finding him a job as the fish market inspector.
Date published: 2010-08-05