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Therese Raquin by Emile Zola. New York. 1962. Penguin Books. Translated From The French & With An Introduction By Leonard Tancock. 256 pages. The cover shows a detail from Under the Lamplight by Edouard Vuillard in the Musee Annonciade, St Tropez. 0140441204.

THERESE RAQUIN has all of the steaminess of a James M. Cain novel. Absolutely hypnotic in stretches - It is short, but not too sweet.

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 'Putrid Literature', 'a quagmire of slime and blood', 'a sewer' - these were some of the critics' reactions to this novel. The immediate success which THERESE RAQUIN enjoyed on publication in 1868 was partly due to scandal, following the accusation of pornography; in reply Zola defined the new creed of Naturalism in the famous preface which is printed in this volume. The novel is a grim tale of adultery, murder and revenge in a nightmarish setting. A thriller and, as Leonard Tancock says in his introduction, a cautionary tale on the sixth and seventh commandments, this early work of Zola's is full of black macabre poetry which has kept its tragic power for over a century.

Zola EmileÉmile François Zola (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was a French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J'Accuse.

 

 

 

 

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