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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 27 - Chapter VI, part four

27 - Chapter VI, part four

Thursday 1st January 1970

Join the discussion on Émile Zola's L'Assommoir, one of his most important works. Learn about the author's writing style and the novel's themes of poverty and alcoholism in 19th century Paris.
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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)
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L'Assommoir: An Uncompromising Study of Alcoholism and Poverty in Paris

The novel—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 L'Assommoir is an uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. The seventh novel in the Les Rougon-Macquart family series, it is considered one of Zola's masterpieces and a huge commercial success. In this episode, LibriVox presents Chapter VI, part four of the novel, where Gervaise and Virginie discuss the fight at the wash-house and their relationships with men.
The scene sheds light on the experiences of women in 19th century Paris and the societal pressures they faced. Zola's naturalist writing style and the wash-house scene are also analyzed.