Dead Men Tell No Tales and Other Stories

By Émile Zola

Translated by Douglas Parmée

ISBN: 9781847496966

224 pages

RRP: £7.19

In contrast with the epic scope of the Rougon-Macquart novels, Zola’s short stories are concerned with the everyday aspects of human existence and the interests of ordinary people.

From the cruel irony of ‘Captain Burle’ to the Rabelaisian exuberance of ‘Coqueville on the Spree’, these stories display the broad range of Zola’s imagination, using a variety of tones, from the quietly cynical to the compassionate, from the playful to the tragic.


Dead Men Tell No Tales
Coqueville on the Spree
Captain Burle
Shellfish for Monsieur Chabre

Émile Zola

Émile Zola (1840–1902) is the foremost representative of the Naturalist school, and is best remembered for Thérèse Raquin and his twenty-novel cycle, The Rougon-Macquarts.