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In 1941, Irene Nemirovsky sat down to write a book that would convey the magnitude of what she was living through, not in terms of battles and ...Show synopsisIn 1941, Irene 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 Francaise" would be published for the first time, and hailed as a masterpiece. Set 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 Francaise" 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 soldiers. However, amidst the mess of defeat, and all the hypocrisy and compromise, there is hope. True nobility and love exist, but often in surprising places. Irene Nemirovsky conceived of "Suite Francaise" as a four- or five-part novel. It was to be a symphony - her "War and Peace". Although, only two sections were finished before her tragic death, they form a book that is beautifully complete in itself, and awe-inspiring in its understanding of humanity.Hide synopsis
Suite Francaise (Alfred A. Knopf) – Hardcover (2006)
Irene Nemirovsky, Dr. Sandra Smith (Translator)
Hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf 2006
ISBN: 1400044731 ISBN-13: 9781400044733
An extraordinary novel of life under Nazi occupation--discovered and published 62 years after the author's tragic death at Auschwitz. Subtle, often fiercely ironic, and deeply compassionate, "Suite Fran aise" is both a piercing record of its time and a brilliant, profoundly moving work of art.An extraordinary novel of life under Nazi occupation--discovered and published 62 years after the author's tragic death at Auschwitz. Subtle, often fiercely ironic, and deeply compassionate, "Suite Fran aise" is both a piercing record of its time and a brilliant, profoundly moving work of art.Hide
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An exquisite book. Even more remarkable when considering the conditions it was written under and the long journey from handwritten manuscript to publication decades later.
Nemirovsky lays out an incredibly detailed description of the occupation of France and the reactions of the French to the ...
I just finished reading Suite Francaise, a book that took me over a month to finish, mostly because it took a very long time for me to actually get into it. I persevered, because what I?d read was good if not captivating ? and because the book received the best overall reviews of any book in 2006. ...
The book is really two novels combined into one story: Storm in June & Dolce. It was written during World War II when Nemorovsky was in hiding from the Germans in the French countryside. She died shortly after in the concentration camp Auschwitz. Her children found her manuscript and had it published ...
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