Read by Leighton Pugh
Perhaps the most autobiographical of Zola’s Rougon-Macquart cycle of novels, The Masterpiece is a hard, bleak and raw portrait of unrecognised artistic genius. Claude Lantier, brother to Nana and son of Gervaise, is a struggling painter who dreams of conquering Paris’s art scene with his revolutionary ‘open air’ style of painting. Discouraged and mocked, Claude retreats to the countryside with a young woman from Clermont, with whom he has fallen in love, before returning to Paris, where he continues to experience rejection at every turn. Zola’s depiction of a frustrated artist is said to have drawn heavily on the real-life experiences of Édouard Manet and Paul Cézanne, the latter of whom broke off his friendship with the author upon reading the novel.
Running Time: 15 h 35 m
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Digital ISBN: 978-1-78198-278-5 Cat. no.: NA0417 Download size: 354 MB Produced by: Neil Rosser Executive Producer: Genevieve Helsby Edited by: Red Apple Creative Translated by: Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (updated by Leighton Pugh) BISAC: FIC004000 BIC: FC Released: June 2020
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