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Germinal
By Roger Pearson (introduced by), Emile Zola, Roger Pearson and Roger Pearson (trans)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date May 1, 2004
Pages 592
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140447422
ISBN-10 0140447423
Dimensions 1.25 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $11.00
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Summary
During the Second Empire, Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, experiences the miserable life of the coal miners in northern France and enters the struggle between capital and labor. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The thirteenth novel in Émile Zola’s great Rougon-Macquart sequence, Germinal expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, but also shows humanity’s capacity for compassion and hope.

Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Forced to take a back-breaking job at Le Voreux mine when he cannot get other work, he discovers that his fellow miners are ill, hungry, and in debt, unable to feed and clothe their families. When conditions in the mining community deteriorate even further, Lantier finds himself leading a strike that could mean starvation or salvation for all.

  • New translation

  • Includes introduction, suggestions for further reading, filmography, chronology, explanatory notes, and glossary



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