Germinal

Émile Zola

Germinal is the thirteenth novel in Émile Zola's twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. Often considered Zola's masterpiece and one of the most significant novels in the French tradition, the novel– an uncompromisingly harsh and realistic story of a coalminers' strike in northern France in the 1860s– has been published and translated in over one hundred countries and has additionally inspired five film adaptations and two television productions.