Germinal by Émile Zola

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.

The 413th 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)
  5. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Germinal (Everyman's Library) Hardcover 1283637 $14.60 $12.37 1991
Germinal (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 470569 $6.79 $1.75 2008
Germinal (Penguin Classics) Paperback 78004 $7.69 $1.94 2004
LA JOIE DE VIVRE et GERMINAL: une biographie détaillée de Emile ZOLA (annotée et illustrée) (French Edition) Paperback 1588932 $16.58 2019
Germinal (Hackett Classics) Paperback 3834746 $9.99 $7.81 2011
Germinal / Emile Zola ; translated from the French by Havelock Ellis Hardcover 665125 $15.00
Germinal (Rougon-Macquart Cycle) Audio CD 2017641 $20.27 2013
Germinal (Translated by Havelock Ellis) Kindle Edition 1326495 2018
Germinal: (Translated by Havelock Ellis) Paperback 1362132 $10.99 $5.33 2018
Germinal Hardcover 4361360 $95.11 $0.69
Germinal Paperback 981286 $10.99 2019
Germinal (Barnes & Noble Classics) Paperback 799058 $5.93 $0.74 2005
Germinal (French Edition) Paperback 2510564 $14.75 $10.32 2012
Germinal - Livre + CD MP3 Mass Market Paperback 1576536 $14.62 $16.08 2017
Germinal (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition 314694 $7.99 2004
Germinal (French Edition) Kindle Edition 1476951 $0.99 2012
Germinal (Petits Classiques Larousse Texte Integral) (French Edition) Mass Market Paperback 3515456 $179.55 $9.02
Germinal (Classiques) (French Edition) Kindle Edition 1453713 2011
Germinal (The Rougon-Macquart Cycle) MP3 CD 3257834 $28.32 $25.59 2007
Germinal (Everyman's Library, No. 897A) Hardcover 2789114 $29.94
Germinal Kindle Edition 123840 $0.99 2008
Germinal (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition 253146 $7.99 2004
Germinal (Penguin Classics) Paperback 1711127 $7.99 $0.01 1954
Germinal (Oxford World's Classics) Kindle Edition 155035 $7.66 2008
Germinal (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 1464179 $2.77 $0.01 1998
Germinal (contains a biography of the author and an active table of contents) Kindle Edition 448991 $0.99 2013
Germinal Kindle Edition 613458 $0.99 2010
Germinal Kindle Edition 989275 $6.24 2011
Germinal Paperback 2481135 $6.75 $0.01
Germinal (French Edition) Hardcover 2498591 $38.69 $19.95 2008
Germinal (French/English) [Annotated] (Rafael Estrella's Dual Language Library (French/English)) Kindle Edition 548440 $4.99 2011
Germinal (French Edition) Paperback 2495574 $15.01 2013
Germinal (French Edition) Paperback 346709 $12.10 2015
Germinal Mass Market Paperback 753937 $7.16 $2.95 1970
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Germinal (A Signet classic) Mass Market Paperback 5871736 $1.98
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Germinal Mass Market Paperback 1928406 $119.95 $3.98 1993
Germinal (Unabridged Start Publishing LLC) Kindle Edition 1791836 $1.99 2013
Germinal (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 8167648 $14.67 $33.54 2008
Germinal (French Edition) Paperback 1151699 $15.73 $28.93 2012
Germinal (annoté) (French Edition) Kindle Edition 1309255 $0.99 2012
Oeuvres & Themes: Germinal (French Edition) Mass Market Paperback 4300087 $6.68 $29.00 2005
Germinal (Ldp Classiques) (French Edition) Mass Market Paperback 1971784 $6.40 $0.01 1971
Germinal Audible Audio Edition 10854 $20.95 2006
Germinal Paperback 11604100 $23.46 2006
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Germinal (Texte Integral) (French text) (French Edition) Mass Market Paperback 4969678 $20.00
Germinal (13-20) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 1867041 $12.00 $19.21 2008
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Germinal Kindle Edition 1277616 $2.24 2009
Germinal Audible Audio Edition 37497 $60.63 2015
Germinal (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 456397 $0.99 2013
Germinal Kindle Edition 1854692 $4.99 2008
Germinal by Émile Zola (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) Kindle Edition 425421 $0.99 2010
Germinal Paperback 6425893 $9.95 $11.15 2013
Germinal (Everyman's Library (Paper)) Paperback 3911431 $48.66 $0.73 1996
Germinal (French Edition) Paperback 791801 $7.30 2017
Germinal (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 746505 $0.99 2013
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Germinal (Everyman's Library, No. 897A) Hardcover 6275420 $0.97
Germinal Paperback 1677848 $2.01 1982
Germinal Paperback 359752 $18.54 2015
GERMINAL (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 1416254 2011
Germinal (French Edition) Kindle Edition 898637 2016
Germinal (Spanish Edition) Paperback 7264391 $11.41 $13.84 2012
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Germinal Paperback 12443027 $21.17 $16.32 2007
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Germinal [Annotée] (French Edition) Kindle Edition 467975 2016
Germinal (French) (French Edition) Paperback 15762508 $7.49 2015
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Germinal (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) Paperback 803676 $4.91 $1.65 2007
Germinal II: Livre Bilingue (Apprendre l'anglais en lisant) Paperback 674145 $10.97 $18.04 2017
Germinal (Annotated) (French Edition) Kindle Edition 1716237 $0.99 2012
Germinal (Signet Classics) Mass Market Paperback 530106 $63.75 $3.00 1970
GERMINAL (French Edition) Kindle Edition 698177 2017
Germinal Hardcover 5466095 $39.79 $54.81 2008
Germinal (French Edition) Kindle Edition 1776284 $2.99 2000
Germinal Paperback 5393537 $20.84 $3.73 2006
Germinal (French Edition) Kindle Edition 970029 2017
Germinal (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) Hardcover 2599761 $64.56 $6.28 1991
Germinal (Spanish Edition) Paperback 1510173 $16.81 $18.02 2014
Germinal: Emile Zola Paperback 715662 $8.95 2017
Germinal I: Livre Bilingue (Apprendre l'anglais en lisant) Paperback 1788665 $11.06 $18.06 2017
Germinal (TREDITION CLASSICS) (French Edition) Paperback 7971120 $35.16 $50.20 2012
Germinal (in French) (French Edition) Paperback 10745880 $16.99 1975
Germinal Library Binding 4079086 $28.50 $34.97 2011
Germinal (Annotée) (Les Rougon-Macquart t. 13) (French Edition) Kindle Edition 1707131 2017