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His Excellency Eugene Rougon

Oxford World's Classics

By (author) Emile Zola
Edited by Brian Nelson
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 10th May 2018
Dimensions: w 131mm h 191mm d 26mm
Weight: 265g
ISBN-10: 0198748256
ISBN-13: 9780198748250
Barcode No: 9780198748250
'He loved power for power's sake . . . He was without question the greatest of the Rougons.' His Excellency Eugene Rougon (1876) is the sixth novel in Zola's twenty-volume Rougon-Macquart cycle. A political novel set in the corridors of power and in the upper echelons of French Second Empire society, including the Imperial court, it focuses on the fluctuating fortunes of the authoritarian Eugene Rougon, the 'vice-Emperor'. But it is more than just a chronicle. It plunges the reader into the essential dynamics of the political: the rivalries, the scheming, the jockeying for position, the ups and downs, the play of interests, the lobbying and gossip, the patronage and string-pulling, the bribery and blackmail, and, especially, the manipulation of language for political purposes. The novel's themes-especially its treatment of political discourse-have remarkable contemporary resonance. His Excellency Eugene Rougon is about politics everywhere.

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Im going to celebrate the 21st century with a re-read of His Excellency Eugene Rougon. * Swiftly Tilting Planet *