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    Germinal (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) (Paperback) By (author) Emile Zola, Translated by Larry Duffy, Introduction by Larry Duffy, Series edited by Tom Griffith

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    DescriptionGerminal (1885) is the thirteenth in Emile Zola's cycle of twenty novels about the Rougon-Macquart dynasty. It tells the story of Etienne Lantier, from the illegitimate Macquart branch of the family, who arrives in the mining settlement of Montsou, and witnesses at first hand the appalling conditions in which miners live and work. Gradually becoming embroiled in a bitter dispute between the miners and their employers, he eventually leads the strike which is the centrepiece of the novel. But this is more than the struggle of labour against capital. It is also the struggle of the hungry against the well-fed, against the passivity and resignation passed down over generations of starving people, and ultimately against hunger itself, represented by the fantastical devouring monster of the mine, which swallows up men, just as the beast of the modern industrial economy relentlessly swallows up capital. This apparent pessimism about society is offset by the possibility of rebirth and regeneration. For all the inherited misery of the downtrodden, the old order may some day be overturned.


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    Title
    Germinal
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Emile Zola, Translated by Larry Duffy, Introduction by Larry Duffy, Series edited by Tom Griffith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 308 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781840226188
    ISBN 10: 1840226188
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC22: FIC
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    DC22: 843.8
    Thema V1.0: FBC, FYT
    Publisher
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Imprint name
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Publication date
    05 July 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Herts