Germinal, by Emile Zola, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences?biographical, historical, and literary?to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. mile Zola's unflinchingly told story of a daring coal miners strike in northern France was published in 1885, when the prolific author was at the height of his powers. Today some readers believe this novel will prove to be his most enduring work. Spare yet compassionate, Germinal takes us from the comfortable homes of the bourgeoisie to the dark bowels of the earth, describing unbearable human suffering and exploitation in vivid and unsentimental prose. tienne Lantier, a poor but spirited young laborer in search of work, shares the wretched lives of the coal miners of Le Voreux, where the brutish and dangerous working conditions consume the health and prospects of young and old, one generation after another. Impoverished, ill, and hungry, the miners inspire tienne to attempt a revolt against the Company, an overthrow of ?the tyranny of capital, which was starving the worker. They answer his desperate call for a strike that grows increasingly violent and divisive, testing loyalties and endangering tienne's life even as it offers the workers their only hope of a decent existence. In a harrowing climax, the unforeseen consequences of the strike threaten to engulf them all in disaster.Dominique Jullien is a professor of French at Columbia University and the University of California?Santa Barbara, and the editor in chief of the Romanic Review. Her books include Proust et ses mod les: Les Mille et une Nuits et les M moires de Saint-Simon and R cits du Nouveau Monde: les Voyageurs fran ais en Am rique de Chateaubriand nos jours. She has published numerous articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, including several on mile Zola.