Emile Zola (1840--1902) was born in Paris and worked as a journalist before turning to fiction. With the publication of L'Assommoir, he became the most famous writer in France. His work has influenced authors from August Strindberg to Theodore Dreiser to Tom Wolfe.
Mark Kurlanksy is the New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard Award--winning author of The Last Fish Tale, The Big Oyster, Cod, and Salt, among other books. He has translated numerous pieces from French, Spanish, and Italian for his anthology of food writing Choice Cuts. He lived in Paris for ten years but now resides in New York City.
"'In an age when gastronomic fiction has become fashionable, '
Emile Zola's 1873 novel The Belly of Paris... 'seems ahead
of its time, ' writes food historian Mark Kurlansky in the
introduction to his new translation of the book. Set amid the
bustling Les Halles market, the novel 'revolves around the
graphically illustrated conceit that the bourgeoisie not only eats
too much but has an unhealthy obsession with food.' Its
descriptions of cuisine, too, are notable for their length, detail
and humor."--Washington Post
"It's totally appropriate that food-writer Mark Kurlansky should helm Modern Library Classics' new translation of mile Zola's The Belly of Paris. Not only does he have a keen ear for Zola's revolutionary naturalism, he also captures the passion at the heart (or gut) of The Belly of Paris-a passion for food." --Biblioklept