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Oxford World's Classics

The Sin of Abbé Mouret

Émile Zola

The Sin of Abbé Mouret

Oxford World's Classics

The Sin of Abbé Mouret

Oxford World's Classics: The Sin of Abbé Mouret

 

The Sin of Abbé Mouret is the fifth novel in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series. It follows Serge Mouret, a young priest, aspiring to perfect purity and sanctity. An illness leaves him with amnesia, and no longer knowing he is a priest, he falls in love with his nurse.


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'I really don't understand how people can blame a priest so much, when he strays from the path.'

The Sin of Abbé Mouret tells the compelling story of the young priest Serge Mouret. Striving after spiritual purity and sanctity, he lives a life of constant prayer, but his neglect of all physical needs leads to serious illness, followed by amnesia. No longer knowing he is a priest, he falls in love with his nurse Albine. Together, like a latter-day Adam and Eve, they roam through an Eden-like garden called the 'Paradou', seeking a forbidden tree in whose shade they will
make love. Zola memorably shows their gradual awakening to sexuality, and his poetic descriptions of the luxuriant and beautiful Paradou create a lyrical celebration of Nature. When Serge regains his memory and recalls his priestly vows, anguish inevitably follows.

The whole story, with its numerous biblical parallels, becomes a poetic reworking of the Fall of Man and a questioning of the very meaning of innocence and sin. Zola explores the conflict between Church and Nature, the sterility of the Church and the fertility of Nature. This new translation includes a wide-ranging and helpful introduction and explanatory notes.


ISBN
9780198736639
Pagina's
352
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Serie
Oxford World's Classics
NUR
340
Druk
1
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Paperback / softback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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