Piping Hot! (Pot-Bouille)

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Sprache - Englisch

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Pot-Bouille explores the adventures of young and handsome Octave Mouret. He moves into a new housing arrangement called Rue de Choiseul and takes a salesman's job at a nearby shop, The Ladies' Paradise. The story follows his struggles at work and several affairs from his neighbor to his boss's wife over a short period. He tries to seduce women who can provide him with some social or financial benifits. But the curiosity of who he settles with ends later in the story. The novel accounts for the activities of the building's other residents along with Octave, including the Campardons, the Duveyriers, the Josserands, the Vabres, and the Pichons over the course of two years. This work by the French novelist, Emilie Zola, is an indictment of the social norms of the bourgeoisie of the Second French Empire. Zola was a famous practitioner of naturalism and a prominent figure in the political liberalization of France.

About the Author

Émile Zola (1840–1902) was a French novelist, playwright, journalist, and a paramount figure in the literary school of naturalism. He is widely acknowledged as a major influence on the shaping of modern literature, particularly for his contributions to the development of a socio-critical narrative form. Zola's legacy includes an immersive collection of works known as the Les Rougon-Macquart, a twenty-volume series that intricately maps the effects of environment and heredity on the lives of a fictional family during the Second French Empire. 'Piping Hot!' ('Pot-Bouille'), one of the novels in this series, provides a scathing critique of the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie's moral codes under the veneer of Parisian apartment life. Zola's naturalistic approach infused his characters with psychological depth and complexity, allowing for a profound examination of society's impact on the individual. His writing style was marked by a commitment to the scientific method, as he meticulously researched each milieu he depicted, aiming to provide an authentic narrative experience that could both entertain and inform readers about contemporary social issues. Zola's contribution to literature and his role in the Dreyfus Affair—wherein he fearlessly accused the French government of anti-Semitism and famously proclaimed 'J'accuse'—cemented his status as a seminal figure in both literature and political activism. Despite his passing in 1902, Zola's works continue to be celebrated for their incisive social commentary and their pioneering narrative structure.

Product Details

Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 348 Pages

Filesize: 2.4 MB

ISBN: 8596547038443