L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)


  • 49 - Chapter XI, part one

49 - Chapter XI, part one

Thursday 1st January 1970

Explore the world of Émile Zola, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism. Listen to the latest episode of L'Assommoir on
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A Harsh and Uncompromising Study of Alcoholism and Poverty in L'Assommoir by Émile Zola

In this atmosphere of wine and sweat, they would laugh gaily, finding amusement in everything blooming, naturally like roses growing out of a dunghill.
Émile Zola's L'Assommoir is a powerful novel that provides a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. In the latest episode of the LibriVox podcast, Chapter XI, part one, listeners are introduced to Nonna, a young girl growing up and becoming wayward. Through her experiences, the dangers of the work-shop environment and the undesirable atmosphere surrounding it are highlighted.
Madame Titreville's confessions and the forbidden love and cheap dance-halls of the era add to the harsh reality of life in Paris. This episode provides a thought-provoking insight into the struggles of those living in poverty and facing alcohol addiction. As Zola's writing brings the characters to life, listeners are transported to the streets of Paris and the work-shops of the era. For anyone interested in the naturalism literary movement or the Rougon-Macquart series, this episode is a must-listen.
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