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The Masterpiece

Émile Zola, Leighton Pugh (Read by)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/1/2008)
Paperback (5/1/1999)
Compact Disc (6/12/2020)
Paperback (1/1/2010)
Paperback (8/2/1968)


Perhaps the most autobiographical of Zola's Rougon-Macquart cycle of novels, The Masterpiece is a hard, bleak, and raw portrait of unrecognised artistic genius. Claude Lantier, brother to Nana and son of Gervaise, is a struggling painter who dreams of conquering Paris's art scene with his revolutionary 'open air' style of painting. Discouraged and mocked, Claude retreats to the countryside with a young woman from Clermont, with whom he has fallen in love, before returning to Paris, where he continues to experience rejection at every turn. Zola's depiction of a frustrated artist is said to have drawn heavily on the real-life experiences of douard Manet and Paul C zanne, the latter of whom broke off his friendship with the author upon reading the novel.

Naxos, 9781094166285

Publication Date: June 12, 2020