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From Library Journal
This rather risque novel?for 1880 that is?tells the story of ruthless protagonist Nana's rise from the gutter to the height of Parisian society. The book's heavy allusion to sexual favors caused it to be denounced as pornography upon publication, which, of course, made it a big hit.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Nana opens in 1867, the year of the World Fair, when Paris, thronged by a cosmopolitan elite, was a perfect target for Zola's scathing denunciation of hypocrisy and fin-de-siecle moral corruption. In this new translation, the fate of Nana--the Helen of Troy of the second Empire, and daughter
of the laundress in L'Assommoir--is now rendered in racy, stylish English.
Original Language: French
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