L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)


  • 01 - Chapter I, part one

01 - Chapter I, part one

Thursday 1st January 1970

In this podcast episode of L'Assommoir by Émile Zola, alcoholism and poverty are explored in a harsh and uncompromising way. Join the discussion on
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Exploring the Dark Reality of Alcoholism and Poverty in L'Assommoir by Émile Zola

L'Assommoir is a raw and powerful study of the devastating effects of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris.
Émile Zola's L'Assommoir is a novel that portrays the dark side of life in 19th century Paris. In this podcast episode, the first chapter of the novel is analyzed, focusing on the characters of Gervaise and Lantier, and their struggles with alcoholism and poverty. The hosts discuss the novel's themes in the context of naturalism, a literary movement that aimed to depict reality without romanticism or idealization.
They also explore the historical and social background of the novel, such as the construction of the White Mass hospital, the working conditions of laborers, and the plight of women and children. The podcast highlights the raw and powerful nature of L'Assommoir, which shocked and fascinated readers when it was first published in 1877.
The hosts also discuss the legacy of the novel, its adaptations in other media, and its contemporary relevance in the face of social issues such as addiction and inequality. Overall, the podcast provides a compelling and insightful analysis of one of the most important works of naturalism, and invites listeners to discover or revisit this classic novel.