The Fat and The Thin: Le Ventre de Paris (Paperback)

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By Jhon La Cruz (Editor), Jhon La Cruz (Translator), Emile Zola
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Le Ventre de Paris is the third novel in mile Zola's twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. It is set in and around Les Halles, the enormous, busy central market of 19th Century Paris. Les Halles, rebuilt in cast iron and glass during the Second Empire was a landmark of modernity in the city, the wholesale and retail center of a thriving food industry. Le Ventre de Paris (translated into English under many variant titles but literally meaning The Belly of Paris) is Zola's first novel entirely on the working class. The protagonist is Florent, an escaped political prisoner mistakenly arrested after the French coup of 1851. He returns to his step-brother Quenu, a charcutier and his wife Lisa Quenu (formerly Macquart), with whom he finds refuge. They get him a job in the market as a fish inspector. After getting mixed up in an ineffectual socialist plot against the Empire, Florent is arrested and deported again.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781530755202
ISBN-10: 1530755204
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: March 29th, 2016
Pages: 358
Language: English