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(Les Rougon-Macquart #13)

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The thirteenth novel in Émile Zola’s great Rougon-Macquart sequence, Germinal expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, but also shows humanity’s capacity for compassion and hope.

Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Forced to take a back-breaking job at Le Voreux mine when he cannot
Paperback, 592 pages
Published January 29th 2004 by Penguin Classics (first published March 1885)
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The “Germinal” novel was published in 1885 and is considered the main work of Emile Zola. It describes the inhumane conditions in the mines of the French coal mining area of the 19th century.
The novel sheds light on the conflicts and lines of conflict that arise between capitalists and miners, but also between workers themselves, who disagree about how the terrible conditions can be overcome.
Germinal is considered one of Emile Zola's best works, the author's style and impressive representations
Ahmad Sharabiani
824. Germinal, Émile Zola
عنوان: ژرمینال؛ نویسنده: امیل زولا؛ انتشاراتیها (امیرکبیر، نیلوفر، فرزان، گوتنبرگ، گلشائی) ادبیات فرانسه؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه ژوئن سال 1977 میلادی
عنوان: ژرمینال؛ نویسنده: امیل زولا؛ مترجم: سروش حبیبی؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، کتابهای جیبی، چاپ اول 1356، چاپ دوم 1357؛ در 537 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نیلوفر، چاپ سوم 1384؛ در 552 ص؛ چاپ چهارم 1386؛ شابک: 9644482611؛ چاپ پنجم 1388؛ شابک: 9789644482648؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی - قرن 19 م
عنوان: ژرمینال؛ نویسنده: امیل زولا؛ م
Étienne Lantier - Claude, the painter's brother! Nana, the whore's brother! Jacques, the murderer's brother! Gervaise, the alcoholic's son!

I know this part of the Rougon-Macquart family tree better than any other, and each of the family members stands for a novel that sends a shiver down my spine - of reading delight and sorrowful mourning over the human condition. "Germinal" is a masterpiece in its own right, but one can't help thinking of the social background of the young man wandering up the
Henry Avila
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Emile Zola's acknowledged masterpiece written in 1885, the politics are dated as history has shown, his overemphasis on sex, research and common sense have refuted, this is the 19th century, not the 21st, (trying to sell more books ? "Nana," made the same error) his characters are more symbols than real human beings, with a quite melodramatic plot even, yet Germinal, is a superb novel, which will capture your total interest, the reader will learn much about little known aspects, the dangers , of ...more
Luís C.
History written by Émile Zola, who counted it was working in a coal mine in France, and describes a very bloody strike, which marks the beginning of the labor movement. It begins with Etienne who arrives at the mine looking for a job and knows Bonnemort (GoodDeath), so called due to countless times that he survived mine accidents. Etienne is very close to the Bonnemort family, where practically everyone works in the mine, except the smaller children and the mother who needs to care for them, lik ...more
“I am little concerned with beauty or perfection. I don't care for the great centuries. All I care about is life, struggle, intensity.”- Emile Zola

Let me draw a scene for you. I appreciate your patience as I am going to write it as vividly as possible.

The lady on the chair is well past her prime- 40 maybe- with her youthful rosiness and smooth, taut skin beginning to give away under the suffocating reality in which she and her family are haplessly ensconced. The room in which she sits is tiny, b
Steven Godin
Within the first few pages of Zola's striking masterpiece I was completely sucked into his vision of the poverty suffering and slave driven folk of the mining world, first published in 1885 it holds the power and importance for today. As we start with young unemployed railway worker Etienne Lantier wondering the cold and punishing landscape of northern France in search of work, and without a penny to his name is desperate to land just about anything that pays. After stumbling into a small mining ...more
MJ Nicholls
This novel is about as grim and horrendous as literature gets. Instead of ranting about the history of human suffering at various pitches of bowel-plopping rage, let me take a more facetious route. Let me instead discuss various mining experiences lived out on the Sega Mega Drive. Remember Mega Bomberman? Those who do will remember the mine level.


This level was pivotal in the game, since here a remote-controlled power-up was available which was crucial for facing down the final boss, whose beard
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GERMINAL - what can I say? I studied this book at university and my whole degree course was worth the time and effort just for introducing me to the author. GERMINAL now stands as my favourite book of all time, an intense masterpiece of fiction.

The basic storyline is a miner's strike. It doesn't sound too good or too detailed, but it's all here: politics, chaos, social realism, a love story, an action story, heroes and villains, the good and the bad. Yes, it is melodramatic, but I guess I like m
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tivesse Gustave Doré criado gravuras para Germinal, como criou para o Inferno de Dante, e não haveria grande diferença entre os dois casos.
Tê-las-ia feito nos mesmos tons lúgubres, cinzentos e tristes, mas em vez dos demónios, das serpentes e das chamas, seria a cobiça humana, a fome e a miséria a ilustrá-las. Aqui as almas ainda habitam os corpos e descem ao inferno das minas, com fome, a tiritar de frio ou a suar de calor, exaustos, doentes, sem esperança, tratados como bichos e que só como b
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: idiots with a romantic idea of coal mining
Shelves: 2018
Zola likes it exciting. He's a pioneer of realism - in this 1885 landmark, among others, he insists on showing the world how it is, filthy and broken and sick. He calls this naturalism, and what he means is that the world shapes the person. Underground in the coal mines where this book is set, a grinding world produces grinding people. (And is he just a tiny bit overexcited about the idea of poor people having casual sex? Maybe.)

It's as dark as its subject; Zola's naturalism was "a new method o
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Three things:

1. Zola's writing of abuse and domestic violence is breathtakingly modern;

2. Poor old horse; and

3. This novel contains a scene in which someone tears a dead man's dick off and parades it around on a stick.
“Ora però il minatore laggiù in fondo aveva cominciato a svegliarsi e germogliava nella terra proprio come fa un seme e un bel mattino tutti si sarebbero accorti di quello che stava spuntando nei campi: sì, sarebbero spuntati degli uomini, un esercito di uomini che avrebbe ristabilito la giustizia. I cittadini non erano forse diventati tutti uguali dopo la rivoluzione?”

Senza lavoro, senza riparo senza un soldo né qualcosa da mettere sotto i denti, il giovane Étienne Lantier attraversa una pi
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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¡Proletarios de todos los países, uníos!

Me pregunto si esta obra literaria, que nos abraza y nos abrasa, habrá sido leída alguna vez por algún minero.

¿Germinal es una novela de tintes políticos y sociales o es un relato humanista o es, tal vez, solamente una novela sin mayores pretensiones producto del naturalismo?

Aunque el epígrafe de esta reseña abriga un sueño de unión de los oprimidos y un velado llamado a una revuelta social, considero que esta obra aborda ambas temáticas, tanto la polít
Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Felt like reading a Naturlist, and I remembered Zola. Germinal was the only Zola novel on the library shelf, and I chose it merely in deferrence to the author. Little did I know that many critics believe Germinal is one of the 10 best French novels ever written.

I like stories where people are ground down by nature--poverty, weather, work conditions, hunger--and the lower economic demographic is forced to suffer and survive. The Industrial Revolution offered so many ways to catalogue the sufferi
Nelson Zagalo
Zola é considerado o pai do naturalismo literário, mas é um naturalismo muito particular que vem carregado de simbolismo e melodrama. Zola parte de uma abordagem panfletária assente em intensidade retórica, mas não deixa de lado toda a maquinaria da narrativa e persuasão dramática para nos envolver e ao mesmo tempo instigar à reflexão. O resultado é uma obra muito forte que nunca se verga porque não procura dar respostas, exatamente por fugir ao panfleto e porque está mais interessada em questio ...more
Zola had a very structured technique for the industrial production of novels, he would decide on where the action would take place and who the principal characters would be Les Rougon-Macquart gave him a family tree and a glorious mess of hereditary tendencies and illnesses to work within, the setting would be interrogated thoroughly and mined out. In researching Germinal Zola visited a coal mine and was intrigued by the big strong horses working underground - how, he asked, did the mine company ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A literatura francesa não está na moda. É pena. Émile Zola escreveu este clássico da literatura mundial, em 1881, e por alguma razão ela continua a andar por aí. A verdade é que não é uma história fácil e sei que durante uns dias isto vai andar por aqui a mexer comigo: há até quem defenda que este livro devia ser queimado (um exagero - nenhum livro por mais mau que seja merece esse fim - haja respeito). Zola viveu com e como um mineiro, experimentou uma realidade crua e nua de quem pouco mais es ...more
Hugo Emanuel
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Germinal é parte integrante do ciclo Rougon-Macquart, um ambicioso projecto de Emile Zola no qual este se propõe a documentar minuciosamente a sociedade francesa contemporânea e salientar á boa maneira Naturalista a importância da hereditariedade e contexto social no desenvolvimento ou retrocesso de uma nação, em particular a francesa, recorrendo para o efeito a vinte romances que se debruçam sobre a dinastia Rougon-Macquart (sendo Rougon o ramo legitimo da família em questão e Macquart o ilegít ...more
Stefano Pagano
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Non è semplice romanzo, ma è una vera e propria denuncia sociale (lavoro, violenze, compromessi, rivoluzioni e scioperi: alcuni dei temi trattati). Merita molto e specialmente in questi periodi di grande crisi, crede che debba essere rivalutata e letta, perché da molto punti di riflessione e formativa dal punto di vista personale. Per me è stata una riscoperta, dopo averla letta a pezzi e studiata a scuola. Zola esprime tutto il suo massimo stile e amore per la scrittura, descrizioni di personag ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Selin Seçen
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Şimdi yoldayım, sıklıkla köylerden geçiyoruz. Evlerin içi görünüyor, içerde hiçbir şey yok. Yatak bile yok, hamakta yatıyorlar. Biz yiyecek bir şey bulmakta zorlanıyoruz bazen, her şey pahalı üstelik. Bu insanlar ne yiyor acaba diye düşünürken Germinal'i okumak daha da kötü oldu. Hiçbir şey yemiyorlar, bardak dibindeki kahveyi sulandırıp içiyorlar, bulurlarsa kuru ekmeğe yağ sürüp midelerinin sesini bastırıyorlar. Yine de kocaman bahçelerinde ekili hiçbir sebze, meyve yok. Oysaki iklim ve toprak ...more
Somayeh Pourtalari
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it

ژرمینال نام ماه اغاز بهار در فرانسوی و نیز روز قیام پاریسیها در سال ۱۷۹۴ است.
جایی دیدم که نوشته بود امیل زولا در کتابش این سوال را مطرح میکند که ایا انقلاب به پیش میرود و یا همانند بهار ِ باز میگردد و خود را تکرار میکند. این اثر به قدری قوی بوده که پس از مرگ مشکوک امیل زولا در ۱۹۰۲ بر اثر دود در مراسم تشییع وی هزاران کارکر فریاد میردند : ژرمینال ژرمینال.
Feb 21, 2015 marked it as to-read
Contrary to what you may believe, Germinal is not a minor work.
amin akbari
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
به نام او

ژرمینال اولین اثری بود که از امیل زولا نویسنده فرانسوی و پدر مکتب ادبی ناتورالیسم یا همان طبیعت گرایی خودمان خواندم.
واقعیت امر رمان دوست داشتنی بود. یعنی به غیر از مولفههایی که انگار از مقتضیات اصلی ناتورالیسم است و در جای جای کتاب بود، اصل داستان و شخصیتپردازیهای زولا را دوست داشتم.

در تعریف ناتورالیسم یا طبیعت گرایی، به عبارت رئالیسم افراطی اشاره میکنند یعنی نویسنده یا هنرمند خود را ملزم میداند که تابع محض جهان واقع باشد، خود زولا هم معتقد بود که حتی ادبیات را میتوان فدای علم کرد. حالا
Moon Rose
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Germinal refers to the season of spring, the time of renewal when the seed of life starts to sprout again from the ground, germinating hope after the long dormancy of winter.

Émile Zola symbolically refers to this spring of hope as the wretched lives of the coal miners, amidst the sour inflictions of deprivation, leading to their depraved lives, slowly awaken from their long years of passive obedience, allowing them to see a picture of a better life as it hus
Između korica
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ne sećam se kada sam poslednji put ovako ''težak'' roman sa većim zadovoljstvom čitala!
Nema u njemu ničeg lepog (šta može biti lepo u mučnom životu francuskih rudara u 19. veku?), ali je, uprkos tome, ovo definitivno jedna od najlepše ispripovedanih priča koje sam imala prilike da pročitam, ne samo ove godine, već uopšte.
Zola piše veoma slikovito i sugestivno. Svaki silazak u jamu, svaki dan u kome se sve teže stavlja nekakav obrok na sto, svaki bol u stomaku koji izaziva razdiruća glad, svaka f
Mariafrancesca di natura viperesca sta con  Orlando
Poteva essere fuori tempo massimo leggere Germinal con quasi un secolo e mezzo di ritardo. Poteva …
“Dopo più di mezzo secolo, i cui ultimi decenni ci hanno regalato una sorte che Zola mai avrebbe
potuto immaginare ,Germinal è ancora oggi un libro terribile; e non solo: ancor oggi non ha perduto nulla della sua importanza e della sua attualità.
[Auerbach: Mimesis: Il realismo nella letteratura occidentale,1946)]

Un libro terribile nella sua attualità: dopo tutto questo tempo stiamo qui ancora a l
Laurie –A Court of Books–
Rating this book is a difficult thing.

It took me a while to read it, I knew that before starting it, Zola is a big deal. Long descriptions, unnecessary parts, complicated way to say what he wants. But in the end, the meaning and the message is always deep and strong.

Rating : 3,5

As I said I was about to give up on this book every two seconds, I was like "hold on, it is not that bad"

Let's be serious for a minute.
I did liked this book. I already studied this part of history in school, but Zola br
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Émile François Zola was an influential French novelist, the most important example of the literary school of naturalism, and a major figure in the political liberalization of France.

More than half of Zola's novels were part of a set of 20 books collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart. Unlike Balzac who in the midst of his literary career resynthesized his work into La Comédie Humaine, Zola from

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