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    Everything in the world is about sex except sex Sex is about power Oscar Wilde Had Nana been a child of today, forced to grow up in the social circumstances of her parents poverty, violence and alcoholism in the depressing Parisian Goutte d Or, she would have been moved to a foster family, and sent to family therapy with her brothers But Nana was born in 1851, according to the plot of L Assommoir The Dram Shop which covers her mother s story And she learned how to play the underworld game early, left to fend for herself, and with a strong will to succeed and exert power.Blame her if you dare for the life she chose Blame her if you dare for the lovers she humiliated Blame her if you dare for the money she wanted and the pain she caused If she grew up today, she would be a victim from the beginning, entitled to support and pity In 19th century Paris, she had nothing but what she managed to grab for herself Cold and manipulative Yes But how could she be otherwise, growing up as a child in the abusive home of Gervaise and Coupeau She had no education to speak of, no social standing, no caring and loving childhood memories, no role models except for the hypocritical Paris society she saw which was ruled by the sexual desires of men She never had a chance to enter the official world, and had to provide for herself.Having said that, Nana is a monstrously self centred, needy character, and she leaves a trail of broken characters in her professional development as a prostitute She is daring, energetic, intelligent but without finesse , superficial and vicious Nana is the perfect incarnation of the corrupt whore, a child of poverty with conservative taste and values, acquired by copying the men who fall for her sexual power Living apart from so called respectable society, she nevertheless cultivates aristocratic opinions and traditional artistic and literary taste She would not have approved of the realistic descriptions in Zola s novels, leaving no space for romantic dreaming and escapism Opportunistic and egotistical at heart, her only true desire is control A modern psychologist would probably see that as a result of her insecure childhood Nana herself has no need for explanations She lives for herself Period.I read Zola s novel when I spent a summer working in Paris, just at the time when I had left childhood behind but was still too young to understand the limitations of my knowledge and experience Smiling condescendingly at teenagers, I was barely twenty two myself, and Nana shook my world After I had finished the novel, Paris looked, smelled and tasted differently Layers and layers of hidden life, of secret suffering and vice, seemed to appear overnight I was in Paris because I loved art and literature, and wanted to make that my profession at some point Reading Nana made me see the other side of the beautiful medal of artistic achievement my idealism gave way to a deep crush on the marginalised characters lurking in the side lanes of the big official literary avenues I still think of Nana each time I visit Paris, just like I think of Oliver Twist whenever I am in London That was also the summer that I discovered Manet for the first time, and I remember a trip to Hamburger Kunsthalle afterwards with the sole aim to see his interpretation of Nana, the confident queen of prostitutes, painted three years before Zola published his novel My inner picture of Nana remains exactly like that, even though I also vividly remember her brutal, ugly end almost two decades after closing the novel with a sigh of relief and fascination She dies like most literary sinners a presumably well deserved moral vengeance on her physical appearance and appetites And Zola, the master of realism, lets the appalled reader see each step in the process when Nana s face is slowly destroyed by pockmarks, visualised in extreme contrast to the still beautiful frame of her lovely hair La V nus se d composait The decomposing Venus is a pretty accurate summary of the novel as a whole, puncturing the romantic notion of a sweet and tender prostitute out of sheer necessity The decomposing hypocritical society goes along with it, illustrating the random roles people play, depending on their social and marital status What remains The brutal reality of a life lived in a balance between sex and power, fear and domination.A powerfully brutal tale

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    In the year of the fabulous Paris World s Fair, of 1867, when the glamorous city is crowded, with thrill seeking foreign and domestic visitors, Nana Coupeau, a prostitute, makes her unlikely debut also, on stage, in The Blonde Venus , a spectacular but mediocre operetta That she can t dance, sing or act, and has a horrible voice, doesn t matter, what is important, Nana is quite beautiful and has charisma, Monsieur Bordenave, the nervous owner of the shabby Opera House, Varietes , isn t worried he tells his friends on Opening Night they almost believe him And Bordenave was right, Nana becomes the symbol of the decadent, French Second Empire, of Napoleon the Third, her half naked, stunning performances, just standing there, in front of the curious, enthusiastic, enthralled audiences, becomes the sensation of the city, overnight the unknown, poor woman, reaches the pinnacle of success, at 15, countless affluent, adoring, some very famous suitors, throw money at her feet, taking advantage to enrich herself, bed hopping with hundreds of men and women no exaggeration , strangely but maybe not, Nana despises them Spending money recklessly and there are many others around, who do the same, sex seems to be all that anyone does, in this society, as written by Emile Zola, a fierce critic of the regime, corruption, scandals, thievery, anything goes Ultimately the new star, meets Count Muffat, a honorable, married, but unhappy man, who set s her up in a huge mansion, full of luxuries, expensive jewelry, furniture , clothing, food, servants, only the best for his unfaithful love Still Nana, who s hair is blonde on one page and red on another , what gives Zola , gets bored easily, while spending money faster, than it comes in Men are always lurking about, everywhere in the premises, slaves to strong emotions, they can t control, or understand, the helplessly infatuated Count, is powerless to stop the debauchery, he is too much in love and can only hope, for a short time with his mistress Zoe her good friend and servant, runs the house, taking care of Nana s every need, Satin an old schoolmate, and fellow traveler, in their former profession, moves in, and they begin a lesbian affair, which the very jealous Count , doesn t mind a bit These two tarts, the word is continuously used in the book, by the author, seem to be the happiest together, not caring for the rest of the world, just enjoying being in the same company, hours pass quickly and quietly Sex rains down like a torrent, striking everyone, drowning them in lust, corrupting and finally destroying I liked it.

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    Here s why Nana should never be made into a movie Too late It already has been Four times Emile Zola has created a character so preposterous that casting agents in every corner of the globe would be hard pressed to locate an actress capable of making her believable Now I am not claiming that a woman like Nana could not exist because our world is certainly chock full of the preposterous but she would necessarily be so exceptional such an astounding confluence of so many unlikely variables that her successful imitators must surely be just as rare The part of Nana would require not only acting wherewithal, but also a physical allure not a traditional beauty perhaps, but a certain je ne sais quoi so commanding that men and women too of every station in life, every class, and every moral conviction consider themselves powerless to resist her What could such a woman possibly look like She couldn t be adequately described, I don t think, because there would be something ineffable or even transcendent about her looks which would resist the banality of all the adjectives at our disposal Oh, and did I mention she has to be trashy too There has to be the well trafficked cooter stench if only subliminal of a Kardashian about her In other words, I m not seeing Katherine Heigl or Keira Knightley in the role One of the advantages of reading over film viewing is that I can imagine Nana any way that I want Zola provides a few descriptors along the way plump, tall, blonde, large thighed but these are fairly neutral construction materials which can be fashioned into an architecture of my choosing My imagination, safely tucked away in the cellars of my mind, also isn t subject to the disapproval of others You think that s attractive The spectral Nana of my conjuring becomes the authoritative Nana Because she seduces me, she seduces everyone.Let s talk about this Nana There s really no getting around it she s a cruel, calculating, ridiculous woman She allows men into her life only to suck every last sou out of them and to send them, spitefully, on their way She manipulates their affections drawing them in to a sexual complacency and then, when she s taken everything she wants or gets bored, she belittles and abuses them and, finally, throws them out A primary victim of her allure although there are many is Count Muffat, an older, distinguished, and erstwhile religiously devout man who ruins himself completely in his futile attempts to possess Nana Nana cheats on him so often and so flagrantly that she seems like a sexual vending machine Anyone with the cash on hand is entitled to a bag of Funyuns.Based on what I ve told you, you probably won t be surprised that Nana has been attacked as a misogynistic work If you approach the book prepared to understand Nana as symbolic, in whatever sense, of all women and to infer that many of the male characters attitudes toward women are the author s own, then you will likely find Nana a repellent novel written by a repellent man I, on the other hand, view Nana not as the Woman, but merely a woman The misogyny of the male characters in the book, meanwhile, doesn t strike me as Zola s, given what I know about him his avowed goal in his twenty volume Rougon Macquart series was to shine a scientific light on the central role of social environment and heredity in the psychological determination of the individual Nana s parents were poor, alcoholic, and abusive Should we wonder that Nana ends up being this woman in this particular society Is Zola blaming it on her gender I don t think so Of course, many of Zola s views on heredity seem ridiculous today, but no sane person doubts the tremendous effect of environment on the formation of an individual s character I don t think anybody, male or female, comes off very well in this novel We sometimes say that realists provide us with a warts and all depiction of reality, but I think Zola prefers to dwell on the warts in Nana and he certainly doesn t restrict himself to the title character s Zola, on the one hand, clearly had a somewhat pessimistic view of the ills of society, but I think and this is pure speculation here he found some kind of hope in being able to illuminate these ills so that they could be remedied or guarded against Lastly, a few practical notes I read the creaky, dusty, and very British public domain translation published by Barnes and Noble It was written in 1922, I believe I m taking it as a article of faith that there is a better translation out there maybe than one If you decide to read Nana, seek out opinions on translations because I m guessing this one isn t the best bet Also, this novel takes a while to really sink into At the beginning, it s a little confusing particularly at Countess Sabine s party because there are a LOT of characters But if you soldier on, I think you ll find yourself starting to like it at about the one hundred page mark.

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    In a couple of brilliant first chapters, Zola describes in detail the role of theater, a kind of musical comedy of Olympic mythological subject where the eighteen year old Nana, unable to sing and act, exhibits her attractive anatomy with cleavage and nudes in transparency Then he takes us to the girl s house who has a son since she was sixteen , where the fans stand in line as in a medical consultation, along with the creditors Nana has to complement what she earns in the theater and with her rich lovers with urgent exits to practice prostitution and get rid of the most urgent debts The banker Steiner and the count Muffat, both older, than compete, share the work of lover maintainers, although Nana does not stop sleeping with others for fun.One of these lovers of pleasure, the comedian Fontan, falls in love to the point that he leaves his two rich people and his house and settles in a modest neighborhood to live on what he has obtained by selling all his luxurious belongings Fontan lives on her and beats her quite often, but she acquiesces and not only rejects other propositions of handsome and tender gallants, but for him has to begin to implement street prostitution and on one occasion is about to be stopped for the police.When Fontan becomes infatuated with another actress and leaves her alone, Nana returns with Count Muffat, with the promise of being only for him in exchange for being kept in a luxurious villa and for him to make a return to the theater that is soon frustrated In her mansion, Nan does not deprive herself of anything, including homosexual relations with her friend Satin who justifies Muffat by saying something very chic and that he does not have to suppose undesirable competition In his house, in addition, other fun lovers often appear, such as the adolescent Zizi and his brother Philip, who appeared in the house to reproach him for his relationships with his younger brother and ended up joining the list of impertinents.As before the banker Steiner, the life of Nana is deteriorating the financial funds of Muffat, who also has a wife in anger and revenge of his infidelity by going with lovers and multiplying their expenses Without mercy, Nana asks him and and every time he cares less that he surprises her with others in his bedroom In a fairly hasty finale provoked perhaps by the writing in typical episodes of the time and in which it moves away from the point of view of the courtesan and her lover, Nana moves away from the almost ruined Muffat and goes on a trip Upon returning to France, he finds that his aunt has neglected his three year old son and he has taken smallpox and died She becomes infected with this disease and soon dies, taken care of in a hotel by one of her old scene rivals and without being able to receive the visit of Muffat.Zola s mechanistic dye scientism explains Nana as the product of the poisoning of the health of the people and their destructive work before the upper classes as a kind of blind vengeance of mocked good sense.

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    Disclaimer Whereas I usually try to be objective with my ratings and reviews, with this specific one, I allowed my gut to lead me.I hated this novel for it s sanctimonious preaching and its rank offensively aggressive misogynism or perhaps, as has been remarked, it is misanthropy, plain and simple..since both men and women are ripped to shreds by the sharp lash of Zola s tongue pen.The general milieu in the period of history that this novel is set in, was very unkind to the poor, so good luck, I say, to those who could manage to claw their way out of the gutter of poverty by whatever means possible.Yet, the impression I get from the way Zola describes things and the language he uses, is that he seems to be condemning those who managed to do so He is supposed to be writing from the point of view of a paradigm of naturalism, but take it from a pro Darwinst who believes to a large extent that humans are made up of reasonably equal parts of nature and nurture, that Zola sounds pretty judgmental for someone who is trying to show that people are merely the results of their circumstances.One of the things that caused me a high level of discomfort with this novel, is that to me it felt I suppose that part of the impressions I got might be due to the translation it s often quite hard to gauge a translated work appropriately as if the special quality about Nana seemed to be presented as something animal, some animal charisma, something that resounded in her admirers in their most base natures, the most animal part of their psyche.Perhaps that is what made me feel so uncomfortable is how readily Zola s characters responded to this animal aspect I think it was a clever device by Zola to add to the reader s disgust Perhaps his aim was to induce a feeling of shame in his contemporaries Which brings me to the point that I don t think feminist readers will necessarily see Nana as symbolic of ALL women, but rather symbolic of the sexual woman I think that on an instinctual level, I saw her as symbolic of women who embrace their sexuality, and in this case, one of the women who uses her sexuality to gain power over men and destroy them No doubt there are such women, of course there are I know some of them and are myself repelled by a few of them but Zola, in this specific novel, doesn t seem to try and counterbalance the typical stereotype of the scary, nasty man eater with any positive female in juxtaposition with the nasty disgusting creature, who uses her animal cunning, her pheromones and her vagina to devour men whole To make matters worse, Nana can t even be credited with really having used her brain or possessing anything of the sort she is simply a thoughtless, base, ball of cunning Her selfish exploitation of other humans seems to be of an instinctive, thoughtless variety, like the scorpion who stings simply because it is in the creature s nature.I think I m probably a bit tired of the spectre of the vagina dentata myth, and my reaction admittedly a visceral one can probably be explained in light of my exasperation with it.I sometimes post images on my reviews A picture is worth a thousand words, they say Well, the following portrait doesn t quite contain 1000 words, but it does give you a good picture of Nana She alone was left standing, amid the accumulated riches of her mansion, while a host of men lay stricken at her feet Like those monsters of ancient times whose fearful domains were covered with skeletons, she rested her feet on human skulls and was surrounded by catastrophesThe fly that had come from the dungheap of the slums, carrying the ferment of social decay, had poisoned all these men simply by alighting on them It was fitting and just She had avenged the beggars and outcasts of her world And while, as it were, her sex rose in a halo of glory and blazed down on her prostrate victims like a rising sun shining down on a field of carnage, she remained as unconscious of her actions as a splendid animal, ignorant of the havoc she had wreaked, and as good natured as ever ..and would you call Zola classist, perhaps Dang, I should have done a Marxist review of this would have had a field day.

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    You ve heard of The Hooker With A Heart Of Gold Well, this is the other kind.

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    IntroductionSelect BibliographyA Chronology of mile Zola Nana Explanatory Notes

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    Zola s ninth instalment in the Rougon Macquart cycle tells the tale of steely hearted coquette Nana part time actress, part time prostitute, full time booty shaking Venus mantrap The first quarter of the novel is a bacchanalian romp through the Th tre des Vari t s demimonde, introducing Nana s rolling revue of sexual partners and sugar daddies After her semi nude debut where she shows off her corncrake singing voice , she has all Paris s men drooling at her calves First she settles down with the abusive comic actor Fontan who slaps her around and steals her lamb cutlets Next she humours the doting teenager Georges before yielding to the tortured Count Muffat a nobleman corrupted by sensual urges, willing to surrender his fortune to collapse into Nana s arms As fun as the decadent antics are, the novel is festooned with exhaustive room to room descriptions so than the overcooked Ladies Paradise , which is common for Zola, but far too many pages are bogged down in tedious, prolix passages Like this mouthful The velvet drapes, flesh coloured like the tea rose pink sky on fine evenings when Venus is gleaming against the soft glow of the setting sun on the horizon, were dotted with the bright stars of silver buttons, while the barley sugar gilt mouldings descending from each corner and the gold lace round the central panels seemed like darting flames, tresses of red hair floating loose, half veiling the stark simplicity of the room and emphasizing its voluptuous cool tints. p.400 I know I also found the novel lacking focus, flitting from character to character in a very distracting way, making it hard to lock on to the story Nana s moral corruption as moralising metaphor or sink your teeth into Nana as a fully rounded filly out for our hatred or sympathy The characters behaviour is ludicrously OTT than in other Zola novels where OTT is a philosophy, but he s really pushing it here, esp with Muffat The central flaw in Nana her charms are never properly delineated By Zola s account, she is chubby, broad hipped and whorish To have all Paris s men begging at her feet, she d need to be much than a pretty face with a tongue like a New York cabbie Still, this novel offers a change from the po faced social realism of his other famous works A closing limerick Little Count Muffat sat on his tuffet praying his soul to stayalong came that Nanaas quick as ma anaand sent him to hell that day

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    I can imagine the outrage this novel probably one of those racy French novels kept out of the hands of proper Victorian ladies provoked at the time of publication with its explicit portrait of a actress cum prostitute Zola didn t write to titillate he himself was outraged as usual at a society that was bored, wasteful and decadent, caring only for its own pleasure, thinking nothing of the future, its own excesses causing its collapse I went back and forth wondering whether Zola was blaming Nana or the men for the destruction of marriages, careers and morals and my best guess is the blame is on both, a perfect storm of receptiveness of these upper class men to the raw sexuality of one woman, a woman who is her body only Though Zola is a naturalist, Nana is not realistic with these superwoman powers of hers She is described as a literal man eater consumer but her partners are willing, or as willing as slaves to their own sexual natures can be In the second half of the book the depiction of Nana reminded me of the stories told about Marie Antoinette by her enemies, though Nana is without pedigree, being the offspring of two alcoholics from the slums of Paris see L Assommoir.Though complex than The Fat and the Thin, this is my least favorite Zola so far I ve read three others , mostly because I don t care for descriptions of luxury and opulence, though I understand their purpose here The lives of the aristocratic men worshiping at the altar of this theatrical and concupiscent Venus were not only uninteresting to me, but most of them blended together, which I m sure was intentional but made the story repetitive Zola throws the reader into the scenes in his usual cinematic way his powers of observation are prodigious Some of the symbolism is obvious, but the writing is wonderful and this translation is earthy Zola wrote this to parallel the French Empire, but the reader today will see parallels with our own cult of sexual celebrity There s even a woman named Gaga.

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    A stunning indictment of the excesses of the Second Empire in France which implodes on greed and human weakness Nana is both the cause and the reflection of that greed, as are her countless lovers Zola is truly the master of the crowd scene and many of the chapters in this book involve a crowd of people albeit the same people be it a behind the scenes visit to a theatre during a performance, a party at an aristocratic residence, a party at a prostitute s residence, a horse race, a wake The omniscient narrator sets the scene and helps us with the thoughts and motivations of the cast, which would have been difficult to convey through any other POV representation.Much has been said about the misogyny of the males in this novel and about the over painted carnality of Nana, but they are merely the symptoms of the malaise and the forces leading to the fall of the Empire The aristocrats, the idle rich, amuse themselves with parties, theatre and horseracing, while indulging in flagrant affairs with each others partners After awhile it is hard to keep track of who is sleeping with whom, and what will be the new arrangement of couplings when the next chapter begins Nana, a prostitute with a huge sexual appetite for men and women alike, descends upon this scene and wreaks the revenge of the lower classes on the upper classes In the process she drives rich men into bankruptcy and suicide fortunes are gutted and inheritances squandered while she strides the land like a dragon consuming everything in her path She wasn t always like this the early chapters portray a struggling actress who has come out of a dysfunctional and poor family She is impulsive and illiterate but with a kind heart towards fallen men and women, a maternal bent towards her abandoned child, and unable to keep a rein on money Early success in the theatre, where her body drives men crazy, leads to a increasingly promiscuous life with many a willing, rich but weak man ready to fund her lavish lifestyle In the end, her nymphomania, self absorbtion, and material greed get out of control and consume her, just at the Second Empire is launching into a hubristic war against Prussia, an event that leads to its downfall.There are great visual pieces in this novel Nana flouting her body on stage while the sexual charge she emanates is portrayed only by the sweating gentlemen and the swearing ladies in the audience Count Muffat, her hapless lover, reading damning evidence against Nana, while she is admiring her naked body in the mirror before him the women at her wake talking politics without a glance at her body, while her male lovers are too scared to enter the house of death the final page of the book where the scars of a profligate life are laid bare, a metaphor for the decaying empire that created it.I had difficulty initially with the Zola s naturalistic style where each scene had to be captured in the most excruciating detail but it also led to a deeper visualization of the streets of Paris a city that doubled in size during the Second Empire the squalor of the poor, the grunge of theatre back stages, the stark lives of thespians and prostitutes, and the suppressed desires of the bourgeoisie and aristocracy For instance, in describing the scent of women, Zola gets down to the smell of powder and toilet vinegar, to rice powder and musk He was trying to paint an entire society through the lens of the prostitute in this novel, just as in his other novels in the Rougon Macquart series he captured the Second Empire through different lenses, and for this purpose his style succeeds.Most empires ultimately implode on their excesses and this empire was no different It is interesting that Zola chose to embody that excess in the person of Nana, the queen bee who beds many drones and destroys them in the process Only, this queen did not live to lay her eggs and create new colonies, instead she destroyed the old one and perished with it.