Germinal

by Emile Zola

4.4/5

This is a documentary-style account of political unrest and personal travail in a late 19th-century French coalfield. Despite the grimness of his subject and the accuracy of his description, Zola tells an irresistible tale above and below ground among the families of Montsou.

“There’s only one thing that warms my heart, and that is the thought that we are going to sweep away these bourgeois.”

Émile Zola, Germinal