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Encyclopedia > Thérèse Raquin
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Thérèse Raquin is a novel by Émile Zola, first published in 1867. A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Émile Zola ( April 2, 1840 – September 29, 1902) was an influential French novelist, the most important example of the literary school of naturalism (literature), and a major figure in the political liberalization of France. ... 1867 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ...

The novel was made into several movies, including:

  • Thérèse Raquin (1928 movie)
  • Thérèse Raquin (1953 movie), directed by Marcel Carné and starring Simone Signoret
  • Therese Raquin (2005 movie)

Thérèse Raquin begins an affair with Laurent, a friend of her husband, and they conspire to drown the husband, while out on a boat trip. This enables them to marry, but their guilt comes between them. They also have to look after Thérèse's elderly mother-in-law, who has suffered a stroke. She discovers their crime, and attempts unsuccessfully to expose them. After her death, they find life together intolerable and both commit suicide. Marcel Carné (August 18, 1906 - October 31, 1996) was an important French film director. ... Simone Signoret (March 25, 1921 - September 30, 1985), was the pseudonym (after her mothers last name) of Simone Kaminker, a French actress. ...



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