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Nana by Émile Zola
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Nov 29, 2010

bookshelves: 19th-century-french-fiction, french-language-fiction

This is Nana. Watch Nana fuck. Fuck, Nana, fuck.

That is the plot of Emile Zola's Nana. It is a 19th Century French novel, which means it's this big messy melodramatic soap opera. But it's so much fun! Nana is a man-eater to make anyone on Days of Our Lives blush, tangled up not only in prostitution, but in gambling, gluttony, promiscuity, lesbian kidnappings (?!), sadomasochism, suicide, murder, and, most importantly for Zola, economic catastrophe. Not only can she burn down the lives of those around her, she can also destroy whole civilizations. She's a symbol for decay in Deuxième-Empire France, which means that in the end she like actually decays. And it's grislier than a Cronenberg movie. Wooo!!!!
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November 29, 2010 – Shelved as: 19th-century-french-fiction
November 29, 2010 – Shelved as: french-language-fiction

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