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Description - Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

In 1941, Ir ne Nemirovsky sat down to write a book that would convey the magnitude of what she was living through, not in terms of battles and politicians, but by evoking the domestic lives and personal trials of the ordinary citizens of France. She did not live to see her ambition fulfilled, or to know that sixty-five years later, Suite Fran aise would be published for the first time, and hailed as a masterpiece et during a year that begins with France s fall to the Nazis in June 1940 and ends with Germany turning its attention to Russia, Suite Fran aise falls into two parts. The first is a brilliant depiction of a group of Parisians as they flee the Nazi invasion and make their way through the chaos of France; the second follows the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation who find themselves thrown together in ways they never expected. Nemirovsky s brilliance as a writer lay in her portrayal of people, and this is a novel that teems with wonderful characters, each more vivid than the next. Haughty aristocrats, bourgeois bankers and snobbish aesthetes rub shoulders with uncouth workers and bolshy farmers. Women variously resist or succumb to the charms of German

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781846570797
ISBN-10: 1846570794
Format: CD-Audio
(124mm x 144mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Random House Audiobooks
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2007
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. ranslated by Sandra Smith.

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