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Emile Zola

La Bête humaine


Grande affaire du XIXe siècle et plus particulièrement du Second Empire, le chemin de fer se vit chargé par les chantres du progrès technique d'une signification symbolique que Zola a tenté d'exprimer dans La Bête humaine : force de vie, le train fécondait la nation et représentait la marche en avant de l'humanité. Et la locomotive, " bête domptée dont il faut se méfier toujours ", n'est pas le moindre des protagonistes de ce dix-septième volume des Rougon-Macquart. Elevée au rang d'allégorie épique, elle incarne à la fois l'instinct de mort et la marche en avant de la civilisation, semblable en cela à la " bête humaine " , chez qui coexistent les pulsions bestiales et la progression morale et intellectuelle.

Format: Paperback
Published: in France in 2001
Publisher: Gallimard
Pages: 504
Language: French
ISBN 13: 9782070418015
ISBN 10: 2070418014

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La Bête humaine