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Therese Raquin

Émile Zola - Author

Robin Buss - Translator

Robin Buss - Introduction by

Robin Buss - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140449440 | 240 pages | 22 Feb 2005 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Zola's story of adultery, murder, and madness—now in a new translation

In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Thérèse Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband’s earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Thérèse Raquin caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola’s novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness, and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence.