L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)


  • 13 - Chapter III, part five

13 - Chapter III, part five

Thursday 1st January 1970

Explore the harsh realities of alcoholism and poverty in Émile Zola's L'Assommoir. Learn about the naturalist writer's life and legacy as we dive into this masterful work.
17 minutes

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L'Assommoir: A Harsh and Uncompromising Study of Alcoholism and Poverty in Émile Zola's Masterpiece

L’Assommoir is a powerful and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris that established Zola’s fame and reputation throughout France and the world.
Émile Zola's L'Assommoir is a masterpiece that paints a vivid picture of the harsh realities of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. Zola's naturalist writing style leaves nothing to the imagination as he delves into the lives of his characters and exposes their struggles with addiction, poverty, and the corrupting influence of society. In this podcast episode, LibriVox brings this powerful work to life, allowing listeners to immerse themselves in the world of L'Assommoir and experience the raw and unflinching portrayal of life in 19th century France.
Listeners will learn about Zola's life and legacy, the Les Rougon-Macquart series, and the impact of L'Assommoir on literature and society. The episode also explores the characters of L'Assommoir, the significance of food and drink in the novel, and the role of women in Zola's naturalist world.
One of the most compelling aspects of L'Assommoir is its enduring relevance. Despite being written over a century ago, the novel's themes still resonate with readers today. Its unflinching portrayal of addiction, poverty, and societal corruption is as relevant now as it was in Zola's time. Whether you're a fan of classic literature, interested in naturalism, or simply want to explore the harsh realities of life in 19th century France, this podcast episode is not to be missed.
Listen to the episode now here on and immerse yourself in the world of L'Assommoir.