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The Flood
by Emile Zola

ISBN: 9781843911883
PUBLISHER: Hesperus Press Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback

DIMENSIONS: 195mmX125mm

From influential French novelist Emile Zola, author of Germinal and Therese Raquin comes The Flood in a brand new translation, a collection of dark and surreal short stories. 'The Flood' and accompanying stories 'Blood' and 'Three Wars' address ideas of human fragility and the uncontrollable effect the power of nature can have on our lives. 'The Flood' centres around Louis Roubien. Now an old man, the head of a large family, his many years of hard work on the land have transformed him from a peasant farmer into a prosperous and satisfied freeholder, distributing his largesse among his relatives and the local community. But with success has come hubris, and when the rains, hitherto a harbinger of plenty, come, and the banks of the River Garonne swell and burst, Roubien sees everything for which he has striven swept away by the raging waters of the flood. His livelihood taken from him in one fell blow, it remains to be seen whether Roubien will at least be left his life, and the lives of those he holds dear. 'The Flood', along with the complementary stories presented here, the celebrated 'Blood' and 'Three Wars', is a fascinating example of Zola experimenting with surrealist styles, in a departure from the dark realism for which he is more commonly known. The eternal theme of man versus nature writ large, it is a timely reminder of our fragility and impermanence before the unyielding elements.

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