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Thérèse Raquin (Oxford World's Classics)

Thérèse Raquin (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: Émile Zola
ISBN 13: 9780199536856
ISBN 10: 199536856
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2008-10-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $11.95

In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Thérèse Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband's earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Thérèse Raquin caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola's novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness, and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence.