All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below telling me which Zola novel you'd like to receive, and why. Make sure you leave a contact email if your comment doesn't link automatically to your blog.
Here's a list of novels of Zola readily available in good, current paperback translations from the Book Depository. At the moment, I've included all the Oxford World's Classics and Penguin translations, which I know are good. (If I've missed any, please tell me so in the comments). I've included links to the Zola novels I've reviewed so far on this blog.
- Therese Raquin: One of Zola's earliest novels and his big break, the book that first made him famous.
- The Fortunes of the Rougons (*Available August 9, 2012 from Oxford World's Classics): The first in his famous Rougon-Macquart series of novels.
- The Kill : Second in the Rougon-Maquart series, about a couple made rich by frantic real estate speculation in Paris.
- The Belly of Paris: Third in the series, this one is set in the famous Les Halles food markets. Lots of great food descriptions!
- L'Assommoir (The Drinking Den): The story of a working-class laundress and her downward spiral into poverty and alcoholism.
- Nana: One of Zola's most famous works, the story of a prostitute who rises from humble beginnings to become a high-class "cocotte."
- Pot-Bouille (Pot Luck): An acerbic satire about the bourgeoise, hypocritical residents of a Paris apartment building.
- The Ladies' Paradise: The original sex-and-shopping novel, about the rise of a department store and consumerism in late 19th century Paris.
- Germinal: Probably Zola's most famous work, the story of a coal-miner's strike in northwestern France. Considered by many to be his masterpiece, and one of my favorite novels of all time.
- The Masterpiece: Inspired by Zola's childhood friend, the Impressionist Paul Cezanne, this is the story of a talented young artist who comes to Paris from the provinces. It's the most autobiographical of Zola's works and gives insight into his life as a writer and into the lives of the Impressionists.
- The Earth: Similar to King Lear, this is the story of a a family's divisive struggle after the patriarch divides his land between three children, portraying the destructiveness of greed and ignorance.
- La Bete Humaine (The Beast Within): One of Zola's most violent and explicit works, this novel is set against a backdrop of railways and examines what drives people to murder.
- The Debacle: Set during the Franco-Prussian war, this was the best-selling of Zola's novels during his lifetime. It's well regarded for its historical detail and epic sweep.
The drawing will be open until Thursday, July 18, at 5 p.m. U. S. Central Standard Time. The contest is open to residents of any country to which The Book Depository ships. (If you're not sure if your country is included, click here). I'll post the winner on my blog and contact him or her via email; the winner will have three days to reply or I'll choose another winner.
*If the winner selects The Fortunes of the Rougons, it won't ship out until August, as this the publication date of the new paperback translation.
Good luck and happy reading!
Good luck and happy reading!