Pot luck / Emile Zola ; translated with an introduction and notes by Brian Nelson
- Zola, Émile, 1840-1902
- Uniform Title:
- Pot-bouille. English
- Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
- Physical Description:
- xxiv, 381 pages ; 20 cm.
- Additional Creators:
- Nelson, Brian, 1946-
- Language Note:
- Translated from the French.
- Pot Luck (1882) is the tenth in Zola's Rougon-Macquart cycle of twenty novels illustrating the influence of environment on characters from all levels of society. Zola's most acerbic fictional satire, the novel is set in a newly constructed apartment block in the Rue de Choiseul in Paris. Seemingly a place of prosperity and harmony, it is riddled with snobbery and hypocrisy. Privilege forms but a thin veneer of respectability between the bourgeois tenants, who live in comfortable, heated apartments, and their servants who live in cold, partitioned cubicles under the roof, and work in the building's filthy kitchens.
Systematically exposing the contradictions that pervade bourgeois life, Zola reveals a multitude of adulteries and betrayals, a veritable 'melting pot' of moral and sexual degeneracy. This new translation captures the robustness of Zola's language and restores the omissions of earlier abridged versions.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages xiii-xxi).
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