When searching for books by Émile Zola we often come across books with terrible covers; sometimes they’re lurid, sometimes tacky, sometimes just crap. It has to be said that some of the worst covers are the Elek Book versions, where the original hardcovers had those hideous yellow covers and the later paperback versions (Bestseller Library) had quite terrible artwork and were brightly coloured as well. It’s a shame because the Elek translations are generally very good.
The intention here is to have a slideshow of any Émile Zola covers that can be classified either as tacky, lurid, lewd, gaudy, crap, or in other words those that are not tasteful, understated or boring. This will always be a subjective decision but hopefully those included fit the bill. We intend to update this with new covers as they become available.