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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 24 - Chapter VI, part one

24 - Chapter VI, part one

Thursday 1st January 1970

Discover the harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris in L'Assommoir by Émile Zola. Listen now on alcoholfree.com
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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)
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Exploring The Depths of Alcoholism and Poverty in L'Assommoir by Émile Zola

L'Assommoir - a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris - was a huge commercial success and established Zola’s fame and reputation throughout France and the world.
Émile Zola's masterpiece, L'Assommoir, is a powerful and unflinching portrayal of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. The story follows Gervaise, a laundress, as she struggles to make ends meet and support her family amidst the harsh realities of life in 19th-century France.
In this episode of the LibriVox podcast, listeners are transported to the depths of the novel's gritty setting, where they witness the brutal effects of alcoholism and poverty on Gervaise's life and those around her. The novel's exploration of the ironworking industry, which plays a crucial role in the story, also sheds light on the working conditions and social injustices of the time.
L'Assommoir's unflinching portrayal of these issues was groundbreaking in its day, and its impact on French literature and society cannot be overstated. Today, the novel remains a powerful reminder of the importance of understanding and addressing poverty and addiction. Listen to the episode now here on alcoholfree.com and discover the enduring legacy of Émile Zola's L'Assommoir.