Doctor Pascal

Author(s): Emile Zola


Doctor Pascal is the twentieth and final novel in Zola's great Rougon-Macquart series. Pascal Rougon has spent his life chronicling the hereditary patterns and illnesses of his family, using medicine to attempt cures, whilst his niece Clotilde places her faith in God. 'There's something of everything there, the best and the worst, the vulgar and the sublime, flowers, muck, tears, laughter, the river of life itself' Pascal Rougon has served as a doctor in the rural French town of Plassans for thirty years. He lives a quiet life with his faithful servant Martine and young niece Clotilde. Pascal is a man of science, striving to find the ultimate cure for all diseases. This puts him at odds with his niece, who is horrified by his denial of religious faith. Clotilde also distrusts Pascal's lifelong ambition to create a family tree on scientific principles, based upon his theories of heredity. Tensions in the household are fuelled by Pascal's scheming mother, Félicité, as the final episode in the great Rougon-Macquart saga plays out. Dr Pascal is the passionate conclusion to Zola's twenty-novel sequence, and the most eloquent expression of the ideas on heredity and human progress that have underpinned it. Human relations are at its heart, as Pascal and Clotilde are bound ever closer by ties of family and love.


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General Fields

  • : 9780198746164
  • : Oxford University Press UK
  • : Oxford University Press UK
  • : September 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Emile Zola