The Kill

Paperback | August 10, 2008

byEmile ZolaTranslated byBrian Nelson

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'It was the time when the rush for spoils filled a corner of the forest with the yelping of hounds, the cracking of whips, the flaring of torches. The appetites let loose were satisfied at last, shamelessly, amid the sound of crumbling neighbourhoods and fortunes made in six months. The cityhad become an orgy of gold and women.'The Kill (La Curee) is the second volume in Zola's great cycle of twenty novels, Les Rougon-Macquart, and the first to establish Paris - the capital of modernity - as the centre of Zola's narrative world. Conceived as a representation of the uncontrollable 'appetites' unleashed by the Second Empire(1852-70) and the transformation of the city by Baron Haussmann, the novel combines into a single, powerful vision the twin themes of lust for money and lust for pleasure. The all-pervading promiscuity of the new Paris is reflected in the dissolute and frenetic lives of an unscrupulous propertyspeculator, Saccard, his neurotic wife Renee, and her dandified lover, Saccard's son Maxime.

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'It was the time when the rush for spoils filled a corner of the forest with the yelping of hounds, the cracking of whips, the flaring of torches. The appetites let loose were satisfied at last, shamelessly, amid the sound of crumbling neighbourhoods and fortunes made in six months. The cityhad become an orgy of gold and women.'The K...

Brian Nelson, Professor of French Studies, Monash University, Melbourne.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.59 inPublished:August 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199536929

ISBN - 13:9780199536924

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