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Germinal

Émile Zola - Author

Roger Pearson - Translator

Roger Pearson - Introduction by

Roger Pearson - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140447422 | 592 pages | 25 May 2004 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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A lively and modern translation of Zola's masterpiece

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.