mines to “J'accuse”, portrait of a committed writer

Émile Zola, a respected writer, sacrificed his glory in the Dreyfus affair. As famous as his novels, his I accuse…! marked the story. In his work, the author is inspired by his modest childhood spent in Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône). His talent will offer him the bourgeois life he dreams of. Social writer, Zola invents naturalism through his saga of Rougon-Macquart, in which he denounces the travails of his time. For writing Germinalhe goes down into the mine next to the “black mouths”. A novel so strong, that the cinema will seize it.

But the Dreyfus affair will lead the author engaged in an even more radical writing. Military, courts, Zola takes the pen and accuses. This letter is then one of Dawn. Four years after his I accuse…!the writer is found at home, asphyxiated by an obstructed chimney. Crime or accident? His death has always kept some mystery.

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