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Emile Zola

Au bonheur des dames


Le Second Empire vise à faire de Paris la capitale de la mode et du luxe. La ville se modernise. Les boutiques du Paris ancien laissent place peu à peu aux grands magasins, dans le voisinage des boulevards et de la gare Saint-Lazare. La nouvelle architecture illustre l'évolution des goûts : on entre dans le royaume de l'illusion. Octave Mouret, directeur du Bonheur des Dames, se lance dans le nouveau commerce.L'exploit du romancier est d'avoir transformé un épisode de notre histoire économique en aventure romanesque et en intrigue amoureuse. Rien d'idyllique pourtant : le magasin est construit sur un cadavre ensanglanté, et l'argent corrompt tout. Pour Zola, la réussite du grand magasin s'explique par la vanité des bourgeoises et le règne du paraître. Il nous décrit ici la fin et la naissance d'un monde : Paris, incarné ici dans un de ses mythes principaux, devient l'exemple de la cité moderne.

Format: Paperback
Published: in France in 1999
Publisher: Folio
Pages: 525
Language: French
ISBN 13: 9782070409303
ISBN 10: 2070409309

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Au bonheur des dames