Germinal is a thirteenth novel of twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart written by French author Emile Edouard Charles Antoine Zola. Germinal is considered to be a masterpiece of Zola and one of the most valuable novels in French literature. It is an undoubtedly rough and realistic story of the coalminers’ strike in northern part of France in 1860s. The novel has been published and translated in half of countries in the world and got five film adaptations and two TV productions. The title means a name of the spring month in French Republican calendar.