by Emile Zola
The Kill (La Curee) is the second volume in Zolas great cycle of twenty novels, Les Rougon-Macquart, and the first to establish Paris - the capital of modernity - as the centre of Zolas narrative world. Conceived as a representation of the uncontrollable appetites unleashed by the Second Empire (1852-70) and the transformation of the city by Baron Haussmann, the novel combines into a single, powerful vision the twin themes of lust for money and lust for pleasure. The all-pervading promiscuity of the new Paris is reflected in the dissolute and frenetic lives of an unscrupulous property speculator, Saccard, his neurotic wife Renee, and her dandified lover, Saccards son Maxime.
Author: Emile Zola
Publisher: The Emile Zola Society
Release Date: 2011-03-10