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  1. The Drinking Den
    The Drinking Den
    Emile Zola
    Penguin Classics / 2004 / Trade Paperback
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Set in the taverns of Paris, this is perhaps the first classical tragedy of working-class people living in the slums of a city. The Drinking Den (1877) is part of the Rougon-Macquart series, a naturalistic history of two branches of a family tracedthrough several generations. Zola's work was influenced by contemporary theories of heredity and experimental science, and the behaviour of the two families is shown to be conditioned by environment and inherited characteristics, chiefly drunkenness and mental instability.

  1. Germinal
    Germinal
    Emile Zola
    Penguin Random House / 2003 / Trade Paperback
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Germinal portrays with stunning realism the struggle of the poor miners in France, the hardships and cruelties of poverty, and brutality towards animals and mankind. Ex-machinist Etienne Laniter lands in one of the mines when he is unable to find other work during the industrial crisis. He brings the struggles of the miners to a head with a combination of the situation, his social activism, and higher education, which will either raise the miners to a new, uplifted level, or will ultimately break them.