Nana Her Rise and Fall Author:Emile Zola At the head of the list of literature's most vivid courtesans stands Nana. Rich men left their fortunes, their titles and their honor at her feet. Poor men left their love and even their lives. — Voluptuous and violent, she squandered fortunes, ruined reputations and flaunted her successes with sublime abandon and contempt. Her reign over the... more » men of Parisian society was absolute.
The story of Nana's rise, her conquests, her final degradation and degenerate end is the masterpiece of the greatest French realist of modern times. With irresistible drive it carries the reader deep into a lush and sensuous era and into the personal life of an amoral woman.« less
This edition published in 1958.
"Nana is the most widely known of the long series of violently realistic novels by Emile Zola about the Rougon-Macquart family. Through them he intended to represent different combinations of 'good' and 'bad' blood, to submit his characters to all kinds of situations, to demonstrate that the character and course of life of each human being is determined by heredity and environment.