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Zola, Émile

Entry updated 31 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1840-1902) French author whose long and intense Rougon-Macquart sequence of Naturalist novels (1871-1893) includes tales like Nana (1880; trans E A Vizetelly 1884), for which he was once notorious. Zola is of sf interest for Vérité (1903 2vols; trans E A Vizetelly as Truth 1903), the third instalment of his unfinished Les Quatre Évangiles ["The Four Evangelists"] quartet, which was planned to espouse a kind of Tolstoyan socialism. The action in Truth extends through the Near Future to 1980, and there are hints of advanced Technologies. [JC]

Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola

born Paris: 2 April 1840

died Paris: 29 September 1902

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Les Quatre Évangiles (incomplete at Zola's death)

  • Vérité (Paris: Bibliotheque-Charpentier, 1903) [published in two volumes: hb/]
    • Truth (London: Chatto and Windus, 1903) [trans by E A Vizetelly of the above: Les Quatre Évangiles: hb/]

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