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THÉRÈSE RAQUIN by Émile Zola
This early work from Émile Zola, first published in serial form in 1867, is a tale of adultery and murder in a working-class Parisian neighbourhood.
Set in a dingy haberdashery shop near the Pont-neuf, the plot turns on an affair between Thérèse and a friend of her husband’s. The adulterous pair drown the shopkeeper, but are haunted by visions of the dead man.
Many denounced the work as obscene, with one critic describing it as ‘putrid’. For modern readers, the novel remains compelling thanks to its densely plotted narrative and rich vocabulary.