Nana

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OUP Oxford, Jan 29, 2009 - Fiction - 464 pages
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Nana opens in 1867, the year of the World Fair, when Paris, thronged by a cosmopolitan --eacute--;lite, was la Ville Lumi--egrave--;re, a perfect victim for Zola's scathing denunciation of hypocrisy and fin-de-si--egrave--;cle moral corruption. The fate of Nana, the Helen of Troy of the Second Empire, and daughter of the laundress in L'Assommoir, reduced Flaubert to almost inarticulate gasps of admiration: `Chapter 14, unsurpassable! ... Yes! ... Christ Almighty! ... Incomparable ... Straight out of Babylon!' Boulevard society is presented with painstaking attention to detail, and Zola's documentation of the contemporary theatrical scene comes directly from his own experience - it was his own failure as a playwright which sent him back to novel-writing and Nana itself. novel-writing and Nana itself. This new translation is an accurate and stylish rendering of Zola's original, which was first published in 1880.

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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

Nana by Emile Zola was written 1880 and vividly captures the lively theatre society of Paris and the life of courtesan Nana Coupeau. Nana has risen to a high class prostitute through her role as the ... Read full review

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User Review  - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing

This magnificent novel is the story of the rise, fall, and rise again of Nana (child of Gervais of L'Assommoir) from streetwalker to queen of Parisian society in the late 1860's. It opens with Nana's ... Read full review

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