This book is the seventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart cycle. L'Assommoir is the story of a woman's struggle for happiness in working-class Paris. At the center of the story stands Gervaise, who starts her own laundry and for a time makes a success of it. But her husband soon squanders her earnings in the Assommoir, a local drinking spot, and gradually the pair sink into poverty and squalor. L'Assommoir was a contemporary bestseller, outraged conservative critics, and launched a passionate debate about the legitimate scope of modern literature.
- Paperback | 532 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 884.5g
- 24 Jun 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, black and white