The Masterpiece - Émile Zola

The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece

5 1 5 Author: Émile Zola Narrator: Leighton Pugh
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 Édouard Manet and Paul Cézanne, the latter of whom broke off his friendship with the author upon reading the novel.
Language: English Category: Classics Original title: L'Œuvre Translator: Ernest Alfred Vizetelly, Leighton Pugh

More information about the audiobook:

Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Published: 2020-06-12
Length: 15H 31Min
ISBN: 9781781982785

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