La BÍte Humaine
La Bete humaine (1890), the seventeenth novel in the Rougon-Macquart series, is one of Zola's most violent and explicit works. On one level a tale of murder, passion, and possession, it is also a compassionate study of individuals derailed by atavistic forces beyond their control. Zola considered this his 'most finely worked' novel, and in it he powerfully evokes life at the end of the Second Empire in France, where society seemed to be hurtling into the future like the new locomotives and railways it was building. While expressing the hope that human nature evolves through education and gradually frees itself of the burden of inherited evil, he is constantly reminding us that under the veneer of technological progress there remains, always, the beast within. This new translation captures Zola's fast-paced yet deliberately dispassionate style, while the introduction and detailed notes place the novel in its social, historical, and literary context.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ispeaknerd - LibraryThing
A really interesting and disturbing book. Typical Zola; deals with the insidiousness that lurks inside us all. I really enjoy reading things in translation, but the prose was still acceptable. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gbill - LibraryThing
La Bete Humaine, or The Human Beast, is one of Zola’s more violent novels, illustrating his increasing belief later in his career that ‘love and death, possessing and killing, are the dark foundations ... Read full review
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