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Description - The Courilof Affair by Irene Nemirovsky

In 1903 Leon M a devout terrorist is given the responsibility of liquidating Valerian Alexandrovitch Courilof, the notoriously brutal and cold-blooded Russian Minister of Education, by the Revolutionary Committee.The assassination, he is told, must take place in public and be in most grandiose manner possible in order to strike the imagination of the people. Posing as his newly appointed personal physician, Leon M takes up residence with Courliof in his summer house in the Iles and awaits instructions.But over the course of his stay he is made privy to the inner world of Courliof his failing health, his troubled domestic situation and, most importantly, the tyrannical grip that the Czar himself holds over all his Ministers, forcing them to obey him or suffer the most deadly punishments. Set during a period of radical upheaval in European history, The Courliof Affair is an unsparing observation of human motives and the abuses of power, an elegy to lost world and an unflinchingly topical cautionary tale.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099493983
ISBN-10: 0099493985
Format: Paperback
(195mm x 131mm x 12mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Irene Nemirovsky

Ir ne Nemirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903, the daughter of a successful Jewish banker. In 1918 her family fled the Russian Revolution for France where she became a bestselling novelist . She was prevented from publishing when the Germans occupied France and moved with her husband and two small daughters from Paris to the safety of the small village of Issy-l'Ev que (in German occupied territory). It was here that Ir ne began writing Suite Fran aise. She died in Auschwitz in 1942

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