Germinal by Émile Zola

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Germinal is the thirteenth novel in Émile Zola's twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. Often considered Zola's masterpiece and one of the most significant novels in the French tradition, the novel - an uncompromisingly harsh and realistic story of a coalminers' strike in northern France in the 1860s - has been published and translated in over one hundred countries as well as inspiring five film adaptations and two TV productions. The title refers to the name of a month of the French Republican Calendar, a spring month. Germen is a Latin word which means "seed"; the novel describes the hope for a better future that seeds amongst the miners.

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The 425th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 66th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  2. - 83rd on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  3. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
  4. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)

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