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La Joie de vivre


La joie de vivre (English: The Joy of Living) is the twelfth novel in the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola. It was serialized in the periodical Gil Blas in 1883 before being published in book form by Charpentier in February 1884. The main character is Pauline Quenu (b. 1852), the daughter of Parisian charcutiers Lisa Macquart and M. Quenu, who are central characters in Le ventre de Paris (published 1873). Pauline plays a small part in that novel.
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series: Les Rougon-Macquart
original title: La Joie de vivre
date of publication: 1884
genre: novel
movement: Naturalismo
main subject: orphan

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