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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 00 - Author's preface and introduction

00 - Author's preface and introduction

Thursday 1st January 1970

Explore the harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris through Émile Zola's L'Assommoir. Listen to the podcast episode now here on alcoholfree.com.
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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)
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Unveiling the Truth through Zola's L'Assommoir: A Literary Study of Alcoholism and Poverty in Paris' Working-Class Districts

After reading Zola's novels, it seems as though in all others, even in the truest, there were a veil between the reader and the things described... It is like finding truth for the first time.
Émile Zola's L'Assommoir remains a masterpiece and a controversial work of French literature. The novel is a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. In this podcast episode, LibriVox provides an introduction to Zola's intentions as a writer and his approach to character development. Zola's writing style is powerful and unapologetic, unveiling the truth about the lower classes' deepest feelings and secrets.
The novel's publication sparked a literary controversy, with critics denouncing Zola's work as a dirty thing to be handled with the tongs. In reality, Zola's research process was meticulous, and he drew on his personal experiences to create the characters and settings in L'Assommoir. The novel's notes offer insight into Zola's approach to character development, and his legacy as a writer remains significant in French literature.
Listen to the episode now here on alcoholfree.com and explore Zola's powerful and raw portrayal of Paris' working-class districts.