It was published in 1867 as Therese Raquin
and was thought very shocking. The scandal it caused gave Zola plenty of publicity. It has been made into a play, a TV series, and a film. The story is that of a young woman trapped in an unsatisfying marriage with her invalid cousin. She embarks on a passionate love affair with his friend, the consequences of which are haunting.
Emile Zola's story of adultery, murder, and madness soon to be a major motion picture starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Therese Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband s earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. "Therese "caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola s novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness, and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence."