Zola, Emile; Ellis, Havelock; De Montherlant, Henri
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Very Good
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Publisher The Heritage Press 1942
Illustrator Mahn, Berthold
Seller ID 2261930
Includes publisher's slipcase, Sandglass Number XIX: 20 laid in. Spine lightly rubbed with some loss of gilt, owner bookplate on front endpaper. 1942 Hard Cover. viii, 374 pp. Translated from the French by Havelock Ellis, with an introduction by Henri de Montherlant, and illustrations by Berthold Mahn. Germinal (1885) is the thirteenth novel in Emile Zola's twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. Usually considered Zola's undisputed masterpiece and one of the greatest novels ever written in the French language, 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 novel has been filmed a number of times, including: 1963: Germinal, directed by Yves Allegret, starring Jean Sorel, Berthe Granval, Claude Brasseur and Bernard Blier; 1993: Germinal: a huge production directed by Claude Berri and starring Gerard Depardieu and Miou-Miou, at that time the most expensive feature film ever made in France. Much of Berri's film was shot on location in the Lens and Valenciennes regions of northern France, and the extensive unemployment and poverty the cast and crew still witnessed there led to the formation of a society, 'Germinal l'association', headed by Depardieu, to alleviate the suffering caused by crippling unemployment in the departements comprising the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais.