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The Ladies' Paradise

Forfatter: Émile Zola Oplæser: Leighton Pugh Lydbog

Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames, 1883) plays out in a colossal and opulent Parisian department store of the same name. Its owner, Octave Mouret, builds his innovative, upmarket women’s fashion empire at the expense of the city’s smaller, traditional shops. A self-declared manipulator of women, Mouret not only plays on his female customers’ personal insecurities and social aspirations to keep his takings high, but also exploits his mostly female staff who work long hours in harsh conditions. After a difficult start, one young recruit, Denise Baudu, ends up giving Mouret much more than he bargained for.

© 2021 Naxos Audiobooks (Lydbog) ISBN: 9781781983829 Originaltitel: Au Bonheur des Dames Oversætter: Ernest Alfred Vizetelly, updated by Leighton Pugh

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