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Cover of: Bête humaine | Émile Zola
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Did possessing and killing amount to the same thing deep within the dark recesses of the human beast? La Bête humaine (1890), the seventeenth novel in the Rougon-Macquart series, is one of Zola's most violent and explicit works. On one level a tale of murder, passion, and possession, it is also a compassionate study of individuals derailed by atavistic forces beyond their control. Zola considered this his 'most finely worked' novel, and in it he powerfully evokes life at the end of the Second Empire in France, where society seemed to be hurtling into the future like the new locomotives and railways it was building. While expressing the hope that human nature evolves through education and gradually frees itself of the burden of inherited evil, he is constantly reminding us that under the veneer of technological progress there remains, always, the beast within. This new translation captures Zola's fast-paced yet deliberately dispassionate style, while the introduction and detailed notes place the novel in its social, historical, and literary context. - Back cover.

40 editions First published in 1890

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La bête humaine
2009, Oxford University Press
in English
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La bête humaine
2001, Gallimard
in French
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La Bête humaine
1996
in French
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La Bête humaine
1996, Marabout
in French
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La bête humaine
1996, Oxford University Press
Paperback in English
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La bête humaine
1993, Bookking International
in French
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La bête humaine: roman
1992, Actes sud, Labor
in French
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La bête humaine
1984, Fasquelle
in French
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La bête humaine
1984, Penguin Books
in English
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La bête humaine
1982, Fasquelle
in French
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La Bête humaine
1981, Penguin Books
in English
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La Bête humaine
1977, Penguin Books
in English
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La Bête Humaine
August 25, 1977, Penguin Classics
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La Bête humaine
1977, Gallimard
in French
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La Bête Humaine
September 2, 1977, Gallimard French
Mass Market Paperback in French
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La bête humaine.
1972, Garnier-Flamarian
in French - Éd. établie / par Robert A. Jouanny.
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La bête humaine
1972, Garnier-Flammarion
in French
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La bête humaine
1972, Garnier-Flammarion
in French
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La Bête Humaine
January 1, 1972, Livre de Poche
Mass Market Paperback in French
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La bête humaine.
1972, Garnier-Flammarion
in French
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La bête humaine
1969, Cercle du Bibliophile
in French
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La bête humaine.
1965, Le livre de poche
in French
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La bête humaine.
1964, Fasquelle
in French
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La bête humaine
1963, Fasquelle
in French
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La bête humaine
1963, Éditions Rencontre
in French
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La bête humaine.
1962, Fasquelle
in French
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La bête humaine
1956, Fasquelle
in French
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La bête humaine.
1953, Fasquelle
in French
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La bête humaine
1948, Bibliothèque-Charpentier
in French
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La bête humaine.
1947, Editions La Boetie
in French - Nouvelle éd.
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La bête humaine
1928, Typ. F. Bernouard
in French
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La bête humaine
1900, Bibliothèque-Charpentier : E. Fasquelle, editeur
in French - 97. mille.
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La bête humaine.
1893, G. Charpentier
in French
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La bête humaine
1893, G. Charpentier et E. Fasquelle
in French - 86. mille
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La bête humaine
1890, G. Charpentier et cie
in French
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La bête humaine.
1890, T. B. Peterson & brothers
in French
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La bête humaine
Publish date unknown, [Librairie Générale Française]
in French
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La bête humaine
Publish date unknown, Éditions Rencontre.
in French

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