Earth Author:Emile Zola The great nove EARTH (LA TERRE) marked one of the most furious storm-centers in the life and work of Emile Zola. With extreme realism it depicts the earthy life of the French peasant at the end of the Ninteenth Century. But it is more than a naked and unashamed picture of the peasant's absorption in his land, in all its processes of fertility an... more »d growth; it has also the elements of intense poetry and even rollicking humour, which has been so often ignored in the controversies over Zola's 'coarseness' and 'crudity.'
The magnificently sustained picture is achieved by a finely differentiated gallery of family portraits. A subtle insight runs side by side with the realistic details; and the fierce struggles of the earth are fused with the inner struggles of the family, which is at once a coherent organism and a mass of warring individuals.
As in all Zola's best work, the canvas is both narrow in intensity and enormously expansive and rich within the chosen framework.
"La Terre's" realism made a strange impact on Victorian morals, and the edition was suppressed in 1889 in England and the translator prosecuted. The book has been inaccessible to English-language readers since then.
This new translation for the first time effectively renders the swarming vitatlity of this great novel.« less