Les Rougon-Macquart (recommended reading order) Series

20 primary works • 20 total works
In his last Rougon-Macquart novel, Le Docteur Pascal, Zola gave a recommended reading order, although it is not required, as each novel stands on its own. You can find the series in publication order here: Les Rougon-Macquart

Note: This recommend reading order isn't mentioned in the most authoritative French editions. However, in the fifth chapter…
The Fortune of the Rougons
3.80
· 3916 Ratings · 244 Reviews · published 1870 · 298 editions
La fortuna de los Rougon (1871) es la primera nov…
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Son Excellence Eugène Rougon
3.69
· 745 Ratings · 67 Reviews · published 1876 · 129 editions
En 1856, Eugène Rougon, un ancien avocat de provi…
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La Curée
3.83
· 2906 Ratings · 179 Reviews · published 1872 · 189 editions
A la fin d’une chasse, pendant la curée, les chie…
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L'Argent
3.92
· 1413 Ratings · 95 Reviews · published 1891 · 155 editions
Dix-huitième volume des Rougon-Macquart, L'Argent…
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The Dream
3.58
· 1136 Ratings · 98 Reviews · published 1888 · 205 editions
Emile Zola's novel Le Rêve (1888) is a love idyll…
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La Conquête de Plassans
3.88
· 911 Ratings · 83 Reviews · published 1874 · 126 editions
«Il détachait son cheval, dont il avait noué les…
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Pot Luck
3.92
· 1483 Ratings · 77 Reviews · published 1882 · 134 editions
Pot Luck, Zola's most acerbic satire, describes d…
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The Ladies' Paradise
3.99
· 9919 Ratings · 712 Reviews · published 1883 · 405 editions
The Ladies Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames) recoun…
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La Faute de l'abbé Mouret
3.63
· 1074 Ratings · 95 Reviews · published 1875 · 199 editions
Serge Mouret est le prêtre d’un village pauvre, q…
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Une Page d'amour
3.61
· 1157 Ratings · 69 Reviews · published 1877 · 175 editions
« Henri, je vous en supplie... Laissez-moi... » M…
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The Belly of Paris
3.90
· 3679 Ratings · 312 Reviews · published 1873 · 286 editions
Part of Emile Zola's multigenerational Rougon-Mac…
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The Joy of Life
3.85
· 1022 Ratings · 87 Reviews · published 1883 · 111 editions
Pauline Quenu, the daughter of shopkeepers in the…
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L'Assommoir
4.07
· 10963 Ratings · 464 Reviews · published 1876 · 369 editions
The seventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart cycle, L…
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The Masterpiece
3.96
· 2827 Ratings · 184 Reviews · published 1886 · 223 editions
The Masterpiece is the tragic story of Claude Lan…
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La Bête humaine
4.05
· 7431 Ratings · 295 Reviews · published 1890 · 210 editions
« L'essentiel de La Bête humaine, c'est l'instinc…
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Germinal
4.12
· 25754 Ratings · 1060 Reviews · published 1885 · 605 editions
The thirteenth novel in Émile Zola’s great Rougon…
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Nana
3.85
· 18305 Ratings · 526 Reviews · published 1880 · 569 editions
Wenn die üppige blonde Nana auf der Bühne des Par…
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The Earth
4.08
· 1372 Ratings · 104 Reviews · published 1887 · 119 editions
When Jean Macquart arrives in the peasant communi…
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La Débâcle
3.99
· 1053 Ratings · 84 Reviews · published 1892 · 182 editions
The penultimate novel of the Rougon-Macquart cycl…
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Le Docteur Pascal
3.77
· 590 Ratings · 40 Reviews · published 1893 · 183 editions
A Plassans, berceau provençal de sa famille, tand…
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