La Débâcle by Émile Zola

The novel is a harrowing depiction of the Franco-Prussian War, particularly focusing on the catastrophic defeat of the French at the Battle of Sedan in 1870. It follows the experiences of a group of soldiers and civilians, illustrating the chaos and horror of war, as well as the societal and political turmoil that ensues. The narrative delves into the lives of its characters, exploring themes of fate, human suffering, and the disintegration of order, all set against the backdrop of a nation in the throes of defeat and revolution. Through vivid and unflinching realism, the book presents a critical examination of leadership, the futility of war, and the resilience of the human spirit amidst devastation.

The 2041st greatest book of all time


Published
1892
Nationality
French
Type
Fiction
Pages
Unknown
Words
196,000
Original Language
French

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