|Author/Contributor(s):||Zola, Émile ; Nelson, Brian|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
Empire was established through violence, the fortune of the Rougons is paid for in blood. Set in the fictitious ProvenÃ§al town of Plassans, The Fortune of the Rougons tells the story of SilvÃ¨re and Miette, two idealistic young supporters of the republican resistance to Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte's coup d'Ã©tat of December 1851. They join the woodcutters and peasants of the Var to seize
control of Plassans, and are opposed by the Bonapartist loyalists led by SilvÃ¨re's uncle, Pierre Rougon. Meanwhile, the foundations of the Rougon family and its illegitimate Macquart branch are being laid in the brutal beginnings of the Imperial regime. Brian Nelson provides an engaging translation as well as a wide-ranging introduction that explains the background to the Rougon-Macquart series as well as the historical setting of the novel and its special qualities. This edition also features a chronology, bibliography, and extensive explanatory
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