Germinal by Émile Zola audiobook

Germinal

By Émile Zola
Read by Leighton Pugh

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19.92 Hours Unabridged
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Germinal is one of the most striking novels in the French tradition. Widely regarded as Zola’s masterpiece, the novel describes the working conditions of French coal miners in the 1860s in harsh and realistic terms—it is visceral, graphic, and unrelenting. Its strong socialist principles and vivid accounts of the miners’ strikes meant that the novel became a key symbol in the workers’ fight against oppression, with chants of “Germinal! Germinal!” resonating high above the author’s funeral.

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Summary

Germinal is one of the most striking novels in the French tradition. Widely regarded as Zola’s masterpiece, the novel describes the working conditions of French coal miners in the 1860s in harsh and realistic terms—it is visceral, graphic, and unrelenting. Its strong socialist principles and vivid accounts of the miners’ strikes meant that the novel became a key symbol in the workers’ fight against oppression, with chants of “Germinal! Germinal!” resonating high above the author’s funeral.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Germinal] made me realize that when books are considered ‘classics,’ most of the time they’re actually very readable and exciting.” Daniel Radcliffe
“The greatest of all proletarian novels.” New York Times

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Author

Author Bio: Émile Zola

Author Bio: Émile Zola

Émile Zola (1840–1902), French writer and critic, was raised in a poor family at Aix-en-Provence and at age eighteen went to Paris where he worked as a clerk and a journalist before turning to writing novels. For many years he used his fiction in the service of his passion for social reform. He published many masterworks but is perhaps most famous for his series of novels called Les Rougon-Macquart, one of the chief monuments of the French naturalist movement.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 19.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English