La Débâcle

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Gallimard, 1984 - Fiction - 663 pages
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La Débâcle : Sedan, l'effondrement de la France impériale, frivole et corrompue, devant " l'esprit scientifique " de l'Allemagne et l'implacable mécanique de ses armées. La défaite, le siège de Paris, le brasier de la Commune, " l'exécrable semaine " de la répression versaillaise. Reportage militaire d'une scrupuleuse exactitude, fresque de deuil, de souffrance et de sang, le roman est aussi l'analyse de la déchirure qui est au cœur de la conscience collective des Français et que juin 40 fera revivre : " La Débâcle, écrit Raoul Girardet, est un de ces documents privilégiés en dehors desquels l'histoire morale de la France contemporaine ne saurait et ne pourrait être écrite. "

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Contents

Première partie
21
Deuxième partie
201
Troisième partie
379
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About the author (1984)

Zola was the spokesperson for the naturalist novel in France and the leader of a school that championed the infusion of literature with new scientific theories of human development drawn from Charles Darwin (see Vol. 5) and various social philosophers. The theoretical claims for such an approach, which are considered simplistic today, were outlined by Zola in his Le Roman Experimental (The Experimental Novel, 1880). He was the author of the series of 20 novels called The Rougon-Macquart, in which he attempted to trace scientifically the effects of heredity through five generations of the Rougon and Macquart families. Three of the outstanding volumes are L'Assommoir (1877), a study of alcoholism and the working class; Nana (1880), a story of a prostitute who is a femme fatale; and Germinal (1885), a study of a strike at a coal mine. All gave scope to Zola's gift for portraying crowds in turmoil. Today Zola's novels have been appreciated by critics for their epic scope and their visionary and mythical qualities. He continues to be immensely popular with French readers. His newspaper article "J'Accuse," written in defense of Alfred Dreyfus, launched Zola into the public limelight and made him the political conscience of his country.

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