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    Germinal (Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Emile Zola, Translated by Peter Collier

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    DescriptionZola's masterpiece of working life, Germinal (1885), exposes the inhuman conditions of miners in northern France in the 1860s. By Zola's death in 1902 it had come to symbolise the call for freedom from oppression so forcefully that the crowd which gathered at his State funeral chanted 'Germinal! Germinal!'. The central figure, Etienne Lantier, is an outsider who enters the community and eventually leads his fellow-miners in a strike protesting against pay-cuts - a strike which becomes a losing battle against starvation, repression, and sabotage. Yet despite all the violence and disillusion which rock the mining community to its foundations, Lantier retains his belief in the ultimate germination of a new society, leading to a better world. Germinal is a dramatic novel of working life and everyday relationships, but it is also a complex novel of ideas, given fresh vigour and power in this new translation. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


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    Title
    Germinal
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Emile Zola, Translated by Peter Collier
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 576
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 398 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199536894
    ISBN 10: 0199536899
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC22: FIC
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    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    DC22: 843.8
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    Thema V1.0: FBC, FYT
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Illustrations note
    1 map
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    01 September 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Review quote
    'masterpiece' Oxford Times 'A good translator uses the language of his day; the original text remains fixed, but translations must move with the times. Collier's, though differing from, and not always improving on, Tancock's, is likely to have the same startling effect on the reader coming fresh to it today as his prdecessor's had forty years ago.' F.W.J. Hemmings, French Studies, Vol. 48, Part 4