Germinal IntroductionNote on the TranslationSelect BibliographyChronology of mile ZolaPlan of Montsou and surrounding areas Germinal Explanatory Notes Germinal viene a ser Las uvas de la ira francesa Ambas tienen como objetivo mostrar los efectos de un capitalismo salvaje, sin control ni limitaciones y en ambas el desenlace es descorazonador, aunque tambi n las dos dejan al final esa semillita de esperanza tan necesaria y, quiz s, tan contraproducente Pero la obra de Zola tiene m s caras que la novela americana En primer lugar, nos presenta a los trabajadores de una forma m s realista primero como a unos santos inocentes que besan la mano que les ahoga tambi n las mujeres que soportan no solo la mano de los patronos sino la de sus hombres, a los que, pese a los malos tratos, defienden y vuelven una y otra vez, como si la relaci n con ellos no pudiera ser de otra manera y despu s, c mo la frustraci n, el hambre, el no tener nada y, por tanto, la ausencia de miedo a perder algo, prenden en ellos con una fuerza inesperada y brutal y los perros muerden la mano del amo, asombrado ante el hecho de que sus siervos, despreciando todo el esfuerzo dedicado a ellos, pudieran necesitar m s de lo que tienen.Pero la gran diferencia con la obra americana es que Zola tambi n nos expone el otro lado del conflicto, el de los propietarios y su visi n clasista, casi biol gica, de la sociedad, en la que los trabajadores son una especie aparte, muy distinta de ellos mismos, con otras necesidades, otros deseos y aspiraciones, que solo necesitan el salario justo y necesario que les permita poder engendrar otra generaci n que asegure el mantenimiento del negocio.Este p rrafo, del administrador de la mina, es muy elocuenteQui n era el idiota que basaba la dicha de este mundo en el reparto de la riqueza Esos visionarios de revolucionarios pod an demoler la sociedad y reconstruir otra, y no conseguir n a adir un solo goce a la humanidad, ni le ahorrar n ning n dolor porque cada uno tuviese m s pan y m s arenques Actuando de aquel modo, incluso ensanchar n la desdicha terrenal, consiguiendo que un d a hasta los perros aullasen de desespero cuando les hubieran sacado de la tranquila satisfacci n de sus instintos, para contagiarles el insaciado sufrimiento de las pasiones No, el bien resid a en no ser, y, pues que hab a que existir, ser rbol, una simple piedra o, mejor a n, el grano de arena que no puede gemir bajo el pide de los transe ntesZola no es benevolente con los santos inocentes, esos explotados que de una u otra manera veneran a su se or y son capaces de arrodillarse para perseguir la huella olfativa de la presa que persigue su amo para, una vez hallada, volver a por su terr n de az car Y no es benevolente con los individualistas que son capaces de trepar a costa del sufrimiento de sus compa eros y, sin justificar la violencia indiscriminada, comprende la situaci n de aquellos para los que solo les quedan dos caminos y no aceptan la esclavitud que supone uno de ellos Gran novela, brutal y magn fica. The Thirteenth Novel In Mile Zola S Great Rougon Macquart Sequence, Germinal Expresses Outrage At The Exploitation Of The Many By The Few, But Also Shows Humanity S Capacity For Compassion And HopeEtienne Lantier, An Unemployed Railway Worker, Is A Clever But Uneducated Young Man With A Dangerous Temper Forced To Take A Back Breaking Job At Le Voreux Mine When He Cannot Get Other Work, He Discovers That His Fellow Miners Are Ill, Hungry, In Debt, And Unable To Feed And Clothe Their Families When Conditions In The Mining Community Deteriorate Even Further, Lantier Finds Himself Leading A Strike That Could Mean Starvation Or Salvation For All New Translation Includes Introduction, Suggestions For Further Reading, Filmography, Chronology, Explanatory Notes, And Glossary Emile Zola s acknowledged masterpiece written in 1885, the politics are dated as history has shown, his overemphasis on sex, research and common sense have refuted, this is the 19th century, not the 21st, trying to sell books Nana, made the same error his characters are symbols than real human beings, with a quite melodramatic plot even, yet Germinal, is a superb novel, which will capture your total interest, the reader will learn much about little known aspects, the dangers , of coal mining in France, and the world ironically all have closed now, because of cheap foreign competitionEtienne Lantier, is young, 21, a strong Frenchman, who has just lost his job as a mechanic, the intelligent man, hasn t discovered you don t curse your boss, if you want to keep a job, the too passionate, angry vagabond with a hair trigger temper, is homeless and hungry , walking in the dark, roaming a coal mining district, near the border of Belgium, sleeping outdoors on the ground, no money , days pass he needs another job soon or starve to death, wondering how his life has come to this sad condition At last after many rejections for employment, he gets work in the coal mine of Le Vereaux, thanks to the help of Vincent Maheu, a veteran in the industry, the father of seven, his family has been digging deep underground for coal, over a century and losing many members as a result of numerous accidents They live, the miners in a small company village called Two Hundred and Forty, that s right no name just a number, after spending a short time in a boarding house he moves into Monsieur Maheu tiny home, with his old, sick father, feisty, still attractive wife, seven rambunctious children, a cozy ten people inside, too cozy, they need his salary to survive, now eleven sleeping with others in an ancient bed , no privacy , can t afford that luxury, little to eat, not much heat for the cold winter months the poor, uneducated workers are exploited by the mining company Etienne shortly eyes the pretty teenage daughter of Maheu, Catherine, she seems interested but a complication ensues , another admirer, the good looking brute Chaval, her first love An infinite talk about a strike, is discussed everywhere , by the miners, below in holes, shafts, a half a mile under the surface, in taverns, in their houses, and walking back home, still Etienne, at first doesn t get involved, he s a new coal miner, learning quickly, though, a natural at it, becomes one of the best Seeing the appalling situation in the mine, the filthy back breaking work, cramp, uneven black tunnels that go on forever, cave ins, toxic gases, floods from underground water, the extreme high heat, a miserable low paying job, for what reason They die, yet no improvement for the workers something must be done His fiery Russian friend, Souvarene, who he met there, at the boarding house, is an anarchist, wanted for murderous crimes back home, fleeing Russia, says destroy, kill almost everything and everyone, begin again , a new , better world will rise Lantier, starts believing he speaks, a great stir of excitement he brings to the miners it is called hope, a paradise on Earth soon , no poverty a real future, that promises the oppressed, prosperitywhat can they losethe workers will follow him.. I am little concerned with beauty or perfection I don t care for the great centuries All I care about is life, struggle, intensityEmile ZolaLet me draw a scene for you I appreciate your patience as I am going to write it as vividly as possible.The lady on the chair is well past her prime 40 maybe with her youthful rosiness and smooth, taut skin beginning to give away under the suffocating reality in which she and her family are haplessly ensconced The room in which she sits is tiny, but has a peculiar nordic cleanness about it which shows that this woman is scrupulous over cleanliness though persecuted perpetually and mercilessly by poverty, which is evident from her overused frayed dress, narrow room, rickety oak furniture and drab posters that adorned the murky walls The lady on the chair sits pensively at the table, with her chin propped by her scrawny hands, worn by constant toiling Minutes before, she had turned all the drawers longingly inside out in half fury half despair but couldn t find a crumb of bread or a handful of vermicelli, not even a farthing Her husband and her 3 elder children she has seven are bound to come soon from their 10 hours work down the mine her other children who have to wait several years before going under the mine are too little to work which augments the agony of feeding five extra mouths including herself, the mother her doctor advised her not to go down the mine any because of her bad lung In her befuddled head, which is swarming with multiplicity of half formed, incongruous thoughts, she condemned herself for not having borne the non working kids much earlier, so that they too could have worked and earned bread for the family she still condemned the stars for not giving her triplet sons instead of the triplet girls which god had bestowed on her with a sardonic grin She envied her neighbor who has all her six sons working,how lucky she is .Suddenly, as if she was back to her senses, she shuddered convulsively, as her mind, which has been brimming with harrowing thoughts and disturbing reminiscences, proffered her another bit of memory to chew on she remembered when the grocer next street asked her to send her eldest daughter to collect the groceries when she asked creditThat abominable vile old man, who might as well be her grandpa s age , she lamented She herself was willing to go to the grocer as payment, but the years of impoverishment, drudgery and misery have drained away her youthful vigor and form, as she looked herself at the cracked mirror hung on the opposite wall As the woman sat in limp despair unable to cry or beat her breasts stunned by her immense agony, and as the dastardly thoughts about tomorrow and future revolved around her buzzing head like a vulture hovering over a carcass, Emile Zola kept writing Wage earning is a new form of slavery The mine should belong to the miner, as the sea does to the fisherman, and as the land does to the farmer Make no mistake The mine is your property, it belongs to all of you, for you have paidfor it for over a century with blood and starvation While the family of this symbolic lady on the chair drudged in the bowels of earth, hacking away at coal seam, choked by coal dust and unbearable heat, coughing up black phlegm and plagued by hunger and poverty and while the bourgeois pit owners luxuriously enjoyed their idle life off miners sweat and blood, stuffing up their bellies with everything the earth has to offer and ostentatiously traveling in beautiful carriages, Emile Zola kept writing..The miners are waking from their slumbers in the depths of the earth and starting to germinate like seeds sown in the soil and one morning you would how they would spring up from the earth in the middle of the fields in broad daylight yes, they would grow up to be real men, an army of men fighting to restore justiceWhen Emile Zola passed away in 1902, a throng of several thousand workers lined the streets, chanting Germinal, Germinal , with their heads held high up, eyes brimming with emotion, bidding farewell to their great hero the defender of justice and equality Zola, the founder of naturalist movement, had written a score of novels in his series Les Rougon Macquart, which tells the story of a family and its socio economic impact in the era under Napoleon III.Germinal is not entirely a political novel or a polemic aimed at defenestrating capitalism though it gives such an impression, nor is it an exaggerated melodrama aimed at hacking away at the hearts of the readers, nor is it a protracted tale of the 19th century miners during the epoch of economic slump Germinal, in my opinion, is life as close as it gets it is a book that proffers the vision of poverty, hunger, despair, life soul through the magnifying lens of Zola s writing But germinal isn t entirely apolitical as well it has all the revolutionary reverberations that are bound to cascade in a community where Justice isn t served, and where persecuted people raise their voice against the depredations of the iniquitous system in which they are inextricably enmeshed For the miners, Justice , which is the sperm of the whole theme of this novel, is the word or epiphany, as it seems, that cracks open the dark vaults of subjugation and oppression, to reveal the dazzling, blinding vision of an angelic land, where everyone earns equal and are treated equal, where everything belongs to everyone, and where there are no poverty or hunger or misery Germinal, the book, its theme, is a living soul, which has a heart that beats synchronically with the beats of the downtrodden people, which has a mouth that speaks for them, which has an arm with an uplifted index finger that guides them and admonishes them, and which showers them a benevolent gaze and a protective smile According to Zola, the poverty and destitution of the miners are bestowed upon them by nature they cannot do anything about it and they are all invariably born into this slump, as their fathers and forefathers were all miners, whose impoverished life was the only inheritance they bequeath to their offspring Generations of subjugation and unwavering circumstance of their harrowing milieu and life, the constant persecution of the capitalist mine owners who constantly encumber their life by chiseling off their paltry salary on petty terms, thereby filling their own coffers at the expense of the blood, sweat and tears of the miners, who toil away their inane lives inorder to satiate, partially atleast, the growling cries of hunger.Why should some people be so wretched and others so rich Why should the former be trampled underfoot by the latter, with no hope of ever taking their places A painting of the colliers by De Neuville Emile Zola had taken 10 months to finish this seminal work of naturalism, taking a trip down the working mine at Denain in Valenciennes, and when the novel was finally published under the title Germinal , which was the seventh month in the revolutionary calendar that France followed from 1793 to 1805, it was immensely received and eventually became a towering work in the realm of literature and naturalism Zola s prose has a deep, sensational tone immured in it, and each word and each sentence has an aroma of living warmth, the psyche of the miners and the pathos of their harrowing milieu are nestled snuggly in the lulling clasps of the prose, but when their psyche is agitated by injustice, it quickly changes, without a forewarning, into a threatening serpent ready to spew venom with unrelenting vehemence at the first start.There s only one thing that warms my heart, and that is the thought that we are going to sweep away these bourgeoisEtienne Lantier the symbolic protagonist of the novel reaches Montsou after weeks of aimless wandering and unyielding hunger, and takes up the work as a collier, not out of choice but due to the exigency of the hunger pang In his initial days as a miner, Etienne s mind and conscience began to ache seeing his fellow wretched miners, who all invariably became resigned to their fate of living dying like cattle, and his indignation accrued gradually upon witnessing the grave injustice and inhumane ignorance the rich cast on them and, Etienne, who considers himself learned, begins to feel an upper hand over these miners, and gradually find in himself the pre ordained power to fight for Justice Energized by the journals on Socialism and other political books, Etienne, in whose psyche the first seeds of revolution were sown, convinces the crowd to rise above the traditional resignation of miners, and goads them to the flower strewn world of justice and equality Etienne, over, is a symbol of nonchalance in the face of despair and defeat, finding optimism even in the darkest of hours Now the germination of these seeds of revolution is just a matter of time a disturbance or a unanimous outcry against an unjustifiable act can arouse the slumbering beast in the hearts of these docile, resigned creatures who have until now suppressed their innermost turmoil in the catacombs of their vacuous souls All they needed was a voice, firm with conviction and direction, to guide them to a path of revolution, where their debilitating lives are purged of misery, and a new realm of happiness precipitated in front of their weary,dreamy eyes Etienne, as if pre ordained by the high heavens, gives the cogwheels a push to set it moving, and the machinery of revolution slowly revved to a full life Since they had been shown the promised land of justice, they were ready to suffer on the road to universal happiness Hunger went to their heads, and, in their wretched hallucinating eyes, the flat, dull horizon had never seemed to open up to such a vast and infinite perspective When their eyes blurred with fatigue, they could see their ideal city of their dreams beyond the horizon, but now somehow close and real there all men were brothers, in a golden age where meals and labors were shared equalA picture of the 1906 miners strike which came in a magazine One of my well read friends had once said that though this Novel is a powerful one, the characterization fell flat, and this notion was embedded in my mind as I started reading As pages rolled by, I was immersed into the ebb and flow of the story, dissolved in the luscious prose, my breathing pace naturally attuning itself to the crest and trough of the novel, and as I turned the last page of the novel, I closed the book and slumped into my bed, as I always do, to meditate upon what I have gone through See, what my friend said was true But what he said was also wrong The characters Etienne Lantier, Souvarine, Rassenneur, Maheu, La Maheude, the pit owners, Catherine, Chaval etc they were all symbolic instruments used by Zola as a means to write this story of miners and the inhumane conditions they were in, and concomitantly, he was not telling the story of these people, he was telling the tale of everyone who hacked away their lives in the suffocating mines, which according to Zola is a ravenous monster who engulfs the poor miners as they go inside So while you read this novel, the characters may appear like silhouettes against the blinding, dazzling light of the storyline, but that doesn t mean the novel is short of emotions there is love, bestial sex, betrayal, snobbery, egoism, optimism, adrenalin surge and what not Zola had depicted the life of these common place miners in an extraordinarily moving way for instance, the eldest daughter of La Maheude, Catherine, who is 15, but her sexual maturity is getting delayed due to the burdening work at mines the bestiality of the youths who find solace only in laying girls on their arse and making them mothers at a very early age the harrowing account of a horse named Bataille, who was dragged down to the mine when it was still a jaunty baby colt and its irrepressible longing for basking in the radiant sunshine and taking in the scent of fresh verdure the cattle like promiscuity of people who were huddled together in a small room, like Catherine and her lodger Etienne who were forced to sleep side by side the catastrophic prospects like fire damp explosion and rock falls in mines miners extinguishing their fury over diminishing salary, which was already paltry, through unrestrained inebriation leaving their families to starve.Ofcourse, you got your daily bread, you did eat, but so little that it was only just enough to keep you alive so you could enjoy being half starved, piling up debts and hounded remorselessly as if you had stolen every mouthful you ate When Sunday came round you were so tired that you slept all day Life s only pleasures were getting drunk or giving your wife a baby and even then the booze gave you a beer belly and the baby would grow up and wouldn t give a damn for you No, too true, life was not a bowl of cherriesBlow the candle out, I don t need to see what my thoughts look likeGerminalI never knew why I read Zola maybe its because the book had drawn me to it by some force which my humble mind cannot comprehend I had been absent in GR for long, and it might have a taken a book like this to finally absorb me back to the place I know I cherish the most I assert that there are some books that can shake you off torpidity and pull you again into the magical world of words and thoughts, and it is only a matter of time before you will find the book according to your taste that can impart you once again, the elixir of happiness and contentmentNothing is ever final, you only need a bit of happiness to be able to start all over again Emile Zola, Germinal.I m glad I m back.5 stars on 5 gautam History written by mile Zola, who counted it was working in a coal mine in France, and describes a very bloody strike, which marks the beginning of the labor movement It begins with Etienne who arrives at the mine looking for a job and knows Bonnemort GoodDeath , so called due to countless times that he survived mine accidents Etienne is very close to the Bonnemort family, where practically everyone works in the mine, except the smaller children and the mother who needs to care for them, like most of the families in the area, since the people working the money to buy bread, the better, cause wages are miserable The working conditions at the mine are inhumane, a daily adventure having to go down to its depths Etienne begins to incite the workers to strike, and for this they decide to make a reserve fund so as not to go hungry during the strike period It turns out that this money collected soon ends, and with the bosses threatening to lay off everyone and bring other workers there, some strikers begin to want to return to work so as not to starve, creating a situation of even tension. Within the first few pages of Zola s striking masterpiece I was completely sucked into his vision of the poverty suffering and slave driven folk of the mining world, first published in 1885 it holds the power and importance for today As we start with young unemployed railway worker Etienne Lantier wondering the cold and punishing landscape of northern France in search of work, and without a penny to his name is desperate to land just about anything that pays After stumbling into a small mining community during the night he is pointed towards the Le Voreux mine who may have an opportunity for him, and after befriending the Maheu family where most of them are employees he soon discovers just what a hard life they truly live The way Zola goes into detail of the daily routine for the miners is both powerfully compelling and squalidly heart wrenching, with shifts starting long before the break of dawn, men, women, and children march off into the dark depths of the pits where the air is thick and stuffy and work exhausting, in a matter of minutes most are black from head to toe with coal and sweating so much some of the weaker few can barely stand up, in the eyes of Etienne they are all buried like moles under the crushing weight of the earth with burning lungs and little pay for their efforts while owners and bosses reap the rewards with a fine and wealthy standard of living and no interest in those who help line their pockets Over time Etienne sees this has got to stop, things just can not continue in this way, struggling to buy even the most basic food for survival, and things only get worse when the company offers a new pay system that will see them less off Slowly Etienne starts to gather support from the workers for a strike, a strike that would see the numbers go from the few to the hundreds to the thousands and cause massive repercussions for the chaos and mindless actions that are about to unfoldAt well over five hundred pages this was nothing short of epic , and although the main theme running throughout is the lead up to the strike and beyond there is so much going on, with many others in the community studied in just as much of a way that you really feel for the whole village Another thing to note that I couldn t quite believe is the amount of sexual tension between residents, as even in times of complete despair and hunger they seem to be at it like rabbits , in the bushes, behind buildings and abandoned barns it felt almost worthy of a chuckle , but generally the women are treated appallingly, and there are those who lost their innocence without wanting it I guess from their viewpoint they may be poor, starving and on the verge of death but sex is at least some joyful respite from their misery if only short lived After Etienne eventually moves in with the Mateu family I knew this would be a problem as he always had feeling for the pale and hard working daughter Catherine, but she already had a brute and nasty man in Chavel, the two would come to blows over her The pity for workers is only escalated when you see the sort of meals the rich fat cat bosses indulge in while the miners try to to beg, steel, cheat and sell household items just for a loaf of bread, in the case of the Mateu s their home is almost striped bare in the end, with not even a candle for warmth, old grandfather Bonnemort is left staring at the walls coughing up black phlegm from years in the pits while the rest of the family who s minds are shattered just see death as their escape clause But it s the actions of the strike that I will never forget, things get out of hand pretty quickly as the marching horde of hellbent miners go from mine to mine and cause utter carnage and maximum damage to the pits in a show of savagery, all control is lost and a blood lust of frenzy takes hold, even the women turn into crazed wild animals, this is no longer a strike but a violent wave of terror, the poor many against the wealthy few, and when the owner of a local shop meets a gruesome end they now realize that a boundary has been crossed and there is no going back, for this the middle third of reading was just about as engrossing as I have come across and compared to the earlier stages was unputdownable reading with one eye closed due to tiredness was the sign of something special Then there is some calm after the storm before a tense and claustrophobic finale left me reeling I am not one who really bothers with best of lists , but if I did this would not be far from the top simply because it just about covers every emotion one could go through from reading a book. This novel is about as grim and horrendous as literature gets Instead of ranting about the history of human suffering at various pitches of bowel plopping rage, let me take a facetious route Let me instead discuss various mining experiences lived out on the Sega Mega Drive Remember Mega Bomberman Those who do will remember the mine level.This level was pivotal in the game, since here a remote controlled power up was available which was crucial for facing down the final boss, whose beardy metamorphoses proved impossible without both a back up life and a self detonator The problem was using the detonator hastily, as an ill timed whack of the C button would invariably blow up the hero, who had a hard enough time dodging bombs The mining level itself involved negotiating the terrain on a little blue cart and threats from crazed red baddies, stumbling around the scorching hellhole with startled eyes, running into bombs like kamikaze hearts image error The Germinal novel was published in 1885 and is considered the main work of Emile Zola It describes the inhumane conditions in the mines of the French coal mining area of the 19th century.The novel sheds light on the conflicts and lines of conflict that arise between capitalists and miners, but also between workers themselves, who disagree about how the terrible conditions can be overcome.Germinal is considered one of Emile Zola s best works, the author s style and impressive representations are in the foreground If you read the book, there is no way to remain a mere reader But you literally feel like you go down to the mine with the workers, work with them, and as you go up the elevator, your eyes are blinded by the daylight All in all, this is a timeless book that shows man s inequality, its conflicts and beastly relapses in ruthless, pessimistic openness. tienne Lantier Claude, the painter s brother Nana, the whore s brother Jacques, the murderer s brother Gervaise, the alcoholic s son I know this part of the Rougon Macquart family tree better than any other, and each of the family members stands for a novel that sends a shiver down my spine of reading delight and sorrowful mourning over the human condition Germinal is a masterpiece in its own right, but one can t help thinking of the social background of the young man wandering up the street in a French mining town in the beginning of the novel The tragic life experience he s already gathered, being the son of Gervaise Lantier Coupeau, who drinks herself into delirium in the poor parts of Paris, in L Assommoir The Dram Shop , whose daughter Nana ends up a prostitute, whose other son Claude commits suicide when failing to deliver The Masterpiece he strives for, whose third son is driven by murderous madness to commit unspeakable crimes Despite the family history, tienne Lantier is a decent man, and a socially progressive thinker In the mining society, he plunges into the life of a rising working class, bound to the mine, living under conditions that ultimately lead to strike, and suffering The mine itself is a protagonist a scary modern monster, swallowing human beings alive, but spitting out most of them again, marked for life by the Hades of profitability I spent some childhood years in a small community close to a famous copper mine in Sweden, and one of the yearly school field trips led students down into the depth of the mine, on a guided tour around the maze of former mining activity I will never forget the feeling of helpless panic when I first tried to imagine the unbearable heat close to the fires, the pain in the bodies crawling into the narrow paths, the physical exhaustion, the lack of air, the poisoned atmosphere, the darkness, the hunger Around the mine, now part of UNESCO world heritage, a small town grew, with modern features such as health care and well organised administration But above all, it was a living hell for the poor families trying to survive on minimum wages to fill the pockets of the owners, who strove to rise on the social ladder Child labour is a crucial part of the story of Falu R df rg, a product deriving directly from the mining business which eventually resulted in a strong national identification with the Swedish red, wooden houses Whenever I see one of the many red houses in the neighbourhood, I think of the paint that was produced as a by product of the copper mining, and how it has become unconscious, but lasting evidence of early Swedish industrialism to this day.So when I read Germinal for the first time, I had a vivid real life experience to fall back upon, to empathise with the characters When they went on strike, found sole pleasure in promiscuity, let anger take over their minds, I KNEW why I still felt the cold, dark mountain closing in on me I have been to the copper mine several times as a grown up, taking students and my own children down into the underworld, and now Zola s tienne accompanies me every time, and I relive the dramatic scenes over and over when he is trapped in the mine with Catherine Hardly imaginable that a love story could have an uglier, darker setting, but it remains one of my favourite scenes in world literature.As for the social question, despite its hopeful title, Germinal doesn t solve anything The split between working masses and ownership is as wide as before when tienne finally takes the road out of the small town again, after a dramatic showdown Gaskell tried to find a solution in the engaging power of individuals, linking the values of North and South in her masterpiece on social tension in England during the same era Nothing of the kind is offered the characters in Zola s novel and in a way, that might make it a realistic attempt at showing the life conditions in 19th century industrial communities A true working class revolution, according to Zola, would fail because of the revolutionaries inevitable transformation into oppressors, should they happen to be successful Oui, c est votre id e, vous tous, les ouvriers fran ais, d terrer un tr sor, pour le manger seul ensuite, dans un coin d go sme et de fain antise Vous avez beau crier contre les riches, le courage vous manque de rendre aux pauvres l argent que la fortune vous envoie Jamais vous ne serez dignes du bonheur, tant que vous aurez quelque chose vous, et que votre haine des bourgeois viendra uniquement de votre besoin enrag d tre des bourgeois leur place This mirrors Albert Camus reflections on rebellion and revolution in human history, L homme r volt forever striving to take the role of his jailers, thus producing new cries for justice which will end up dethroning him in an eternal violent movement As a description of 19th century life, Germinal is unsurpassed in its earthly hell no need for a metaphysical one at all

mile Fran ois Zola was an influential French novelist, the most important example of the literary school of naturalism, and a major figure in the political liberalization of France.More than half of Zola s novels were part of a set of 20 books collectively known as Les Rougon Macquart Unlike Balzac who in the midst of his literary career resynthesized his work into La Com die Humaine, Zola from

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