The Conquest of Plassans (Oxford World´s Classics New Edition)
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The first modern translation for more than fifty years and the first critical edition of The Conquest of Plassans, the fourth novel in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series. Features members of the Rougon-Macquart family first introduced in The Fortune of the Rougons (OWC, 2012), and others, such as Octave Mouret, who will reappear in later novels including The Ladies' Paradise. A fascinating study of French provincial life and the power struggles between clergy and local government, involving political intrigue, corruption, vote-rigging, financial scandal, and other topical issues. Excellent new translation by Helen Constantine, well known for her editions of Paris Tales (OUP, 2004) and French Tales (OUP, 2008) and translations of Gautier and Balzac for Penguin and Oxford World's Classics. Fascinating introduction and helpful notes by Man Booker Prize nominated novelist and poet Patrick McGuinness. 'Abbé Faujas has arrived!' The arrival of Abbé Faujas in the provincial town of Plassans has profound consequences for the community, and for the family of François Mouret in particular. Faujas and his mother come to lodge with François, his wife Marthe, and their three children, and Marthe quickly falls under the influence of the priest. Ambitious and unscrupulous, Faujas gradually infiltrates into all quarters of the town, intent on political as well as religious conquest. Intrigue, slander, and insinuation tear the townsfolk apart, creating suspicion and distrust, and driving the Mourets to ever more extreme actions. The fourth novel in Zola's Rougon-Macquart sequence, The Conquest of Plassans returns to the fictional Provençal town from which the family sprang in The Fortune of the Rougons. In one of the most psychological of his novels, Zola links small-town politics to the greater political and national dramas of the Second Empire. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. Readership: Readers of classic fiction, French literature, the novels of Zola; students of modern languages, the novel, Realism and Naturalism, cultural studies, and religion in literature.
- EAN: 9780199664788