Considered one of the masterpieces of world-renowned naturalist Emile Zola, Nana is his finely written work on the demimonde of France's failing Second Empire. A symbolically compounded novel, it follows the rise and fall of Nana, a street-walking prostitute who becomes an actress at the Theatre des Varietes. Though apparently independent and self-confident in her role of 'high-class cocette', Nana envies the material possessions of the people around her, and the series of besotted men, and occasionally women, whom she betrays and ruins are a testament to her selfishness and vanity. What is surprising is Zola's genius in creating the strength and generosity of Nana, the elemental goodness in an unintelligent woman who can't seem to prevent herself from initiating chaos. Though she advances through society, she ultimately only manages to fall from greater heights, taking on an almost mythical quality even as she remains eminently realistic. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper and follows the translation of Burton Rascoe.
Emile Zola Imprint: Pocket Country of Publication: France ISBN:9782266289948 ISBN 10: 2266289942 Publication Date:29 January 2019 Audience:
Format:Paperback Publisher's Status: Active