Zola, Emile: Le ventre de Paris. v1, 2 Jan 2008
#1  Madam Broshkina 01-02-2008, 07:35 AM
From Wikipedia:

The Fat and the Thin (Le Ventre de Paris) (1896) is the third novel in Émile Zola's twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. It is set in and around Les Halles, the enormous, busy central marketplace of 19th Century Paris. Le Ventre de Paris (translated into English under many variant titles, but literally meaning The Belly of Paris) is Zola's first novel centered entirely on the working classes.

The plot is centred around the escaped political prisoner Florent and the effect he has on Lisa Quenu (formerly Macquart) and her family, with whom he finds refuge. Although Zola had yet to hone his sense for working-class speech and idioms displayed to such good effect in L'Assommoir, the novel still conveys a powerful atmosphere both of life in the great market halls and of working class suffering in general.

I have also added the book in the original French published in 1873.
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