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Description - The Nemirovsky Question by Susan Rubin Suleiman

A fascinating look into the life and work of controversial French novelist Irene Nemirovsky

Irene Nemirovsky succeeded in creating a brilliant career as a novelist in the 1930s, only to have her life cut short: a "foreign Jew" in France, she was deported in 1942 and died in Auschwitz. But her two young daughters survived, and as adults they brought their mother back to life. In 2004, Suite francaise, Nemirovsky's posthumous novel, became an international best seller; some critics, however, condemned her as a "self-hating Jew" whose earlier works were rife with anti-Semitic stereotypes. Informed by personal interviews with Nemirovsky's descendants and others, as well as by extensive archival research, this wide-ranging intellectual biography situates Nemirovsky in the literary and political climate of interwar France and recounts, for the first time, the postwar lives of her daughters. Nemirovsky's Jewish works, Suleiman argues, should be read as explorations of the conflicted identities that shaped the lives of secular Jews in twentieth-century Europe and beyond.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300171969
ISBN-10: 030017196X
Format: Hardback
(238mm x 165mm x 27mm)
Pages: 376
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Feb-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Susan Rubin Suleiman

Susan Rubin Suleiman is the C. Douglas Dillon Research Professor of the Civilization of France and research professor of comparative literature at Harvard. She lives in Belmont, MA.

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