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Nana Volume II [Easyread Edition]

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"Nana" is a realistic novel written in spontaneous style. As the story begins we meet the protagonist Nana, a prostitute. The novel focusses on the behaviour of the wealthy and elite of Paris at a time when France was world renowned as the centre of adult entertainment. Zola has successfully captured the corruption of the high-class French in the mid-1800s. Engrossing
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Didactic novels--novels written to convey some social or philosophical message--don't bother me, unless the author sacrifices the story for the moral. That is, in my opinion, the case in Nana. Emile Zola explicitly set out to write a chronicle of the sexual excesses to be found in Parisian society during the Second Empire. These excesses are personified by Nana, a courtesan so irresistible that she financially ruins practically all her lovers (those who don't commit suicide). Nana is an actress ...more
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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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