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Earth by Emile Zola (jacket)

Earth by Emile Zola (jacket)

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by Emile Zola

Elek Books, 1958, [Fifth Impression], hardcover, dustjacket

Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners inscriptions on front endpapers, foxing to half title page, clipped dustjacket in fair conditions with some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing, bumping, chipping, tears, creasing and small parts missing, taped to inside covers, front wrap separate (see photographs)

“With extreme realism it depicts the earthy life of the French peasant at the end of the Nineteenth Century.  But it is more than a naked and unashamed picture of the peasant’s absorption in his land, in all its processes of fertility and growth; it has also the elements of intense poetry and even rollicking humour, which has been so often ignored in the controversies over Zola’s ‘coarseness’ and ‘crudity’.
The magnificently sustained picture is achieved by a finely differentiated gallery of family portraits.  A subtle insight runs side by side with the realistic details; and the fierce struggles of the earth are fused with the inner struggles of the family which is at once a coherent organism and a mass of warring individuals”.


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