The Masterpiece by Emile ZolaThe Masterpiece by Emile Zola

The Masterpiece

byEmile ZolaTranslated byThomas WaltonEditorRoger Pearson

Paperback | August 10, 2008

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The Masterpiece is the tragic story of Claude Lantier, an ambitious and talented young artist from the provinces who has come to conquer Paris and is conquered by the flaws in his own genius. While his boyhood friend Pierre Sandoz becomes a successful novelist, Claude's originality is mockedat the Salon and turns gradually into a doomed obsession with one great canvas. Life - in the form of his model and wife Christine and their deformed child Jacques - is sacrificed on the altar of Art. The Masterpiece is the most autobiographical of the twenty novels in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series. Set in the 1860s and 1870s, it provides a unique insight into his career as a writer and his relationship with Cezanne, a friend since their schooldays in Aix-en-Provence. It also presents awell-documented account of the turbulent Bohemia world in which the Impressionists came to prominence despit the conservatism of the Academy and the ridicule of the general public.
Roger Pearson, Fellow and Tutor in French, The Queen's College, Oxford.
Title:The MasterpieceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.75 inPublished:August 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199536910

ISBN - 13:9780199536917


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This is my favourite of Zola's novels so far. It's a complex novel so it would help to know more about France's socio-political history as well as the rest of Zola's project, but I don't think it's entirely necessary. My only complaint is this translation, as a lot of nuances are lost in the English...
Date published: 2018-04-20