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by Emile Zola, Ed. By Edward Vizetelly
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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 husbands 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. Zolas 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.
About the Author
Émile Zola (18401902) was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction.
Robin Buss is a journalist and translator. His translations for Penguin Classics include The Black Tulip by Dumas and Under Fire by Barbusse, as well as other works by Zola.
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