In Secret (Paperback)

By Emile Zola, Edward Vizetelly (Editor), Edward Vizetelly (Translator)

Penguin Books, 9780143123552, 225pp.

Publication Date: February 12, 2014



Emile Zola's story of adultery, murder, and madness soon to be a major motion picture starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange
In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Therese Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband's earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. "Therese "caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola's novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness, and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence.

About the Author

Emile Zola (1840-1902) was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction. His principal work, "Les Rougon-Macquart," is a panorama of mid-19th century French life, in a cycle of twenty novels which Zola wrote over a period of twenty-two years."