The Masterpiece (unabridged)

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Émile Zola

The Masterpiece

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)
    Released:June 2020
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