#RivetingReads: West Camel recommends THE BELLY OF PARIS by Emile Zola

You’ll know Nana, you’ll know Germinal, but do you know this gem in Zola’s twenty-strong Rougon-Macquart novel series – the literary-scientific experiment to which he devoted his life? The ‘belly’ is Les Halles – the old food markets in the centre of Paris. Look out for the symbolic charcuterie cat, who’s so sated he can’t be bothered to eat the black pudding right under his nose.

Recommended by West Camel


Written by Emile Zola

Translated by Mark Kurlansky

Published by Penguin (2009)

West Camel is a writer, reviewer and editor. He edited Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction 2015, and is currently working for new press Orenda Books. www.westcamel.net.

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