La Bête Humaine (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)

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By Émile Zola, Roger Pearson (Translator)
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A French railway worker fleetingly witnesses the brutal murder of a man through the window of a speeding train. The killing sets off a chain of terrible events with twists and turns, tunnels and side tracks that will enthrall lovers of complex thrillers as well as those who harbor an enduring fascination with railroads. Naughty, nasty, and fun. — Alden Graves


La B te humaine (1890), the seventeenth novel in the Rougon-Macquart series, is one of Zola's most violent and explicit works. On one level a tale of murder, passion, and possession, it is also a compassionate study of individuals derailed by atavistic forces beyond their control. This new translation captures Zola's fast-paced yet deliberately dispassionate style, while the introduction and detailed notes place the novel in its social, historical, and literary context.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780199538669
ISBN-10: 0199538662
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: March 25th, 2009
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Oxford World's Classics