Nana Paperback / softback
by Emile Zola
Edited by Brian Nelson
Part of the Oxford World's Classics series
'She was the golden beast, an unconscious force, the very scent of her could bring the world to ruin.'Nana, daughter of a drunk and a laundress, is the Helen of Troy of Paris.
A sexually magnetic high-class prostitute and actress, she becomes a celebrity, rapidly conquering society, ruining all men who fall under her spell-especially Count Muffat, Chamberlain to the Empress.
Nana herself meets a terrible fate, consumed by her own dissipation and extravagance, just as the disastrous war with Prussia is declared. Nana is the ninth instalment in the twenty volume Rougon-Macquart series.
The novel opens in 1867, the year of the World Fair, when Paris, thronged by a cosmopolitan elite, was la Ville Lumiere, the glittering setting-and object-of Zola's scathing denunciation of society's hypocrisy and moral corruption.
Nana comes to symbolize the Second Empire regime itself in all its excesses; but in the final chapters, the narrator seems to suggest that the coming disaster not so much asa result of the corruption of the Empire, as of rampant female sexuality.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 24/03/2020
- Category: Literary studies: general
- ISBN: 9780198814269
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