BOOK CLUB – NANA
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Takes place on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 12:30
Nana, novel by Émile Zola, published in French in 1880. Nana is one of a sequence of 20 novels that constitute Zola’s Rougon-Macquart cycle.
The title character Nana, born to drunken parents in the slums of Paris, lives in squalor until she is discovered at the Théâtre des Variétés. She soon rises from the streets to set the city alight as the most famous high-class prostitute of her day.
Rich men, Comtes and Marquises fall at her feet, great ladies try to emulate her appearance, lovers even kill themselves for her. Nana’s hedonistic appetite for luxury and decadent pleasures knows no bounds – until, eventually, it consumes her.
“Nana“ provoked outrage on its publication in 1880, with its heroine damned as ‘the most crude and bestial sort of whore’, yes the language of the novel makes Nana almost a mythical figure: a destructive force preying on a corrupt society…
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