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With flawless construction and impeccable detail, Germinal chronicles the conflicts, lusts, and deprivation of life in the coal fields of nineteenth-century France.

A father and three of seven children work brutal hours, facing such hazards as landslides, fire, and poisoned air, to scrape together enough money for food. When their lodger, Etienne, shares ideas of a workers' revolt, the family gradually embraces his plans. Soon the settlement is aflame with resolve to strike for better wages and working conditions. Savage and horrifying events ensue as miners clash with management and with each other. Where people once merely struggled for food they are now dying of starvation. The hungry wage war against the sated, against the resignation of their peers, and ultimately against hunger itself.

Published in 1885, Germinal helped establish Emile Zola as the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction. This masterpiece has been called one of the ten best novels in the French language.

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display_description Originally published in serial form in 1884 to 1885, "Germinal" is Émile Zola's realistic depiction of the coalminers' strike in northern France in the 1860s. In this faithful translation from the original French by Havelock Ellis, the story centers on Étienne Lantier, a young migrant worker who arrives at the coalmining town of Montsou in search of work. Set against a backdrop of extreme poverty and oppression, "Germinal" is the story of the idealistic but naive Étienne, who embraces the ideals of the socialistic movement and goes on to lead a strike of the coalminers with disastrous consequences. In turns harrowing and violent, Zola brilliantly describes scenes of riots and dramatic rescues, while at the same time bringing to life the characters' romances, passions, and frailties. Based on exhaustive research of coalmining and the worker's movement, "Germinal" established Zola as a pioneer of the realist movement. Recognized as one of Zola's masterpieces, "Germinal" would widely become associated with the struggle of the working class and the socialistic movement that dominated the political environment of Europe at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. This edition includes a biographical afterword.
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subject_facet Classics, Coal miners -- Fiction, Coal mines and mining -- Fiction, Electronic books, France, France -- Fiction, Historical fiction, Labor disputes -- Fiction, Labor disputes -- France -- Fiction, Literary, Political fiction, Strikes and lockouts -- Coal mining -- France -- Fiction, Strikes and lockouts -- Fiction
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topic_facet Classics, Coal miners, Coal mines and mining, Coal mining, Electronic books, France, Historical fiction, Labor disputes, Literary, Political fiction, Strikes and lockouts