Abbe Mouret’s Transgression

Émile Zola

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Abbe Mouret’s Transgression (French: La Faute de l'Abbé Mouret) is the fifth novel in Émile Zola's twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. The plot centres on the neurotic young priest Serge Mouret, as he takes his orders and becomes the parish priest for the uninterested village of Artauds. Eventually he has a complete nervous breakdown and his distant relative, Pascal Rougon, places him in the care of the inhabitants of a nearby derelict stately home, Le Paradou. Suffering from amnesia and long term memory loss, Serge is cared for and doted upon by Albine, the uneducated, innocent girl at Le Paradou. They fall in love, and live a life of bliss, but the moment they consummate their relationship, Serge is thrown into a deep state of guilt and revitalised religious fervour after being discovered by his former monsignor, leaving Albine mourning the loss of her soulmate.

№ 5 in the Les Rougon-Macquart series.

This book has 127,829 words, 220 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1875; this is a translation by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly.

Production notes: This ebook of Abbe Mouret’s Transgression was published by Global Grey on the 17th November 2021, and updated on the 5th November 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Young Priest Reading' by Martinus Rørbye.

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