The Disappearance of Émile Zola: Love, Literature, and the Dreyfus Case, by Michael Rosen
It is the evening of July 18, 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Émile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter "J'accuse" - and losing. Forced to leave Paris with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return.
This is the little-known story of Zola's time in exile. Rosen has traced Zola's footsteps from the Gare du Nord to London, examining the significance of this year. The Disappearance of Émile Zola offers an intriguing insight into the mind, the loves, and the politics of the great writer during this tumultuous era in his life.
"Rosen reminds readers of the price Zola paid for voicing the convictions of conscience when he took up the cause of Alfred Dreyfus. A profoundly humanizing account of a previously opaque literary-political episode." - Booklist
"Michael Rosen’s handsomely-written new book depicts with candor and vivacity the lengths at which one great artist fought for moral clarity." - The Brooklyn Rail