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Irene Nemirovsky - Author

About the Author

Irène Némirovsky 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, author of David Golder, Le Bal, The Courilof Affair, All Our Worldly Goods and other works published in her lifetime or soon after, such as the posthumously published Suite Française and Fire in the Blood. The Dogs and the Wolves, now appearing for the first time in English, was published in France in spring 1940, just months before France fell to the Nazis. 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’Evêque (in German occupied territory). It was here that Irène began writing Suite Française. She died in Auschwitz in 1942.

Featured books by Irene Nemirovsky

The Fires of Autumn

The Fires of Autumn

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/08/2015

The Fires of Autumn was written in the last two years of Irene Nemirovsky's life, after she fled Paris in 1940. The prequel to her masterpiece, Suite Francaise, it is a panoramic exploration of French life and a witness to the greatest horrors of the twentieth century. After four years of bloody warfare Bernard Jacquelain returns from the trenches a changed man. No more the naive hopes and dreams of the teenager who went to war. Attracted by the lure of money and success, Bernard embarks on a life of luxuriant delinquency supported by suspect financial dealings and easy virtue. Yet when his lover throws him off, he turns to a wholesome childhood friend for comfort. For ten years he lives the good bourgeois life, but as another war threatens everything Bernard had clung to starts to crumble, and the future for his marriage and for France looks terribly uncertain. First published posthumously in France in 1957, The Fires of Autumn is a coruscating, tragic evocation of the reality of war and its dirty aftermath, and the ugly colour it can turn a man's soul.

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The Fires of Autumn

The Fires of Autumn

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

The Fires of Autumn was written in the last two years of Irene Nemirovsky's life, after she fled Paris in 1940. The prequel to her masterpiece, Suite Francaise, it is a panoramic exploration of French life and a witness to the greatest horrors of the twentieth century. After four years of bloody warfare Bernard Jacquelain returns from the trenches a changed man. No more the naive hopes and dreams of the teenager who went to war. Attracted by the lure of money and success, Bernard embarks on a life of luxuriant delinquency supported by suspect financial dealings and easy virtue. Yet when his lover throws him off, he turns to a wholesome childhood friend for comfort. For ten years he lives the good bourgeois life, but as another war threatens everything Bernard had clung to starts to crumble, and the future for his marriage and for France looks terribly uncertain. First published posthumously in France in 1957, The Fires of Autumn is a coruscating, tragic evocation of the reality of war and its dirty aftermath, and the ugly colour it can turn a man's soul.

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Other books by Irene Nemirovsky

Suite fran aise

Suite fran aise

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/11/2017

Suite fran aise est le titre d'une s rie projet e de cinq romans d'Ir ne N mirovsky, crivain de langue fran aise, juive, d'origine ukrainienne, morte en d portation en 1942.

Suite francaise

Suite francaise

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: eBook Release Date: 04/02/2017

Suite francaise is the title of a planned sequence of five novels by Irene Nemirovsky, a French writer of Ukrainian-Jewish origin. In July 1942, having just completed the first two of the series, Nemirovsky was arrested as a Jew and detained at Pithiviers and then Auschwitz, where she died.

Clocotul sangelui

Clocotul sangelui

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: eBook Release Date: 26/05/2016

Intr-un catun din centrul Frantei, la inceputul anilor 1930, Silvio, un barbat in varsta, singuratic, contempla comedia umana a vietii de la tara si isi aminteste de intamplarile tragice si de pasiunile care de-a lungul anilor au tulburat cursul lin al traiului oamenilor din partea locului.AflA m astfel povestea soE ilor Franois E i Hlne rard - prima lor ntlnire, cA sA toria lui Hlne cu un bA rbat bogat E i mult mai n vrstA dect ea, vA duvia E i rentlnirea cu Franois. Cnd fiica lor, Colette, se cA sA toreE te cu Jean Dorin, calea unei fericiri tihnite pare sA li se aE tearnA tuturor n faE A . Dar, cteva luni mai trziu, o ntmplare nefericitA distruge falsa liniE te a acestui mediu provincial. Unul dupA altul, secretele ntunecate care i unesc pe protagoniE tii acestei istorii vor ieE i la luminA , pnA la o ultimA E i tulburA toare revelaE ie...

The Fires of Autumn

The Fires of Autumn

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/08/2015

The Fires of Autumn was written in the last two years of Irene Nemirovsky's life, after she fled Paris in 1940. The prequel to her masterpiece, Suite Francaise, it is a panoramic exploration of French life and a witness to the greatest horrors of the twentieth century. After four years of bloody warfare Bernard Jacquelain returns from the trenches a changed man. No more the naive hopes and dreams of the teenager who went to war. Attracted by the lure of money and success, Bernard embarks on a life of luxuriant delinquency supported by suspect financial dealings and easy virtue. Yet when his lover throws him off, he turns to a wholesome childhood friend for comfort. For ten years he lives the good bourgeois life, but as another war threatens everything Bernard had clung to starts to crumble, and the future for his marriage and for France looks terribly uncertain. First published posthumously in France in 1957, The Fires of Autumn is a coruscating, tragic evocation of the reality of war and its dirty aftermath, and the ugly colour it can turn a man's soul.

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Suite Francaise

Suite Francaise

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2013

By the early l940s, when Ukrainian-born Irne Nmirovsky began working on what would become Suite Franaisethe first two parts of a planned five-part novelshe was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz: a month later she was dead at the age of thirty-nine. Two years earlier, living in a small village in central Francewhere she, her husband, and their two small daughters had fled in a vain attempt to elude the Nazisshed begun her novel, a luminous portrayal of a human drama in which she herself would become a victim. When she was arrested, she had completed two parts of the epic, the handwritten manuscripts of which were hidden in a suitcase that her daughters would take with them into hiding and eventually into freedom. Sixty-four years later, at long last, we can read Nmirovskys literary masterpiece The first part, A Storm in June, opens in the chaos of the massive 1940 exodus from Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion during which several families and individuals are thrown together under circumstances beyond their control. They share nothing but the harsh demands of survivalsome trying to maintain lives of privilege, others struggling simply to preserve their livesbut soon, all together, they will be forced to face the awful exigencies of physical and emotional displacement, and the annihilation of the world they know. In the second part, Dolce, we enter the increasingly complex life of a German-occupied provincial village. Coexisting uneasily with the soldiers billeted among them, the villagersfrom aristocrats to shopkeepers to peasantscope as best they can. Some choose resistance, others collaboration, and as their community is transformed by these acts, the lives of these these men and women reveal nothing less than the very essence of humanity.Suite Franaise is a singularly piercing evocationat once subtle and severe, deeply compassionate and fiercely ironicof life and death in occupied France, and a brilliant, profoundly moving work of art.

The Misunderstanding

The Misunderstanding

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

From the author of the bestselling Suite Francaise. A compelling story of infatuation, passion and self-destructive love Yves Harteloup is a disappointed young man, scarred by the war. He returns for the summer to the rich, comfortable Atlantic resort of Hendaye, where he spent blissful childhood holidays. There he becomes infatuated by a beautiful, bored young woman, Denise, whose rich husband is often away on business. Intoxicated by summer nights and Yves' intensity, Denise falls passionately in love, before the idyll has to end and Yves must return to his mundane office job. In the mournful Paris autumn their love founders on mutual misunderstanding and Denise is driven mad with desire and jealous suspicion until, acting on her sophisticated mother's advice, she takes action...which she may regret forever.

The Wine of Solitude

The Wine of Solitude

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2012

From the author of the bestselling Suite Francaise. Helene is a troubled young girl. Neglected by her self-absorbed mother and her adored but distant father, she longs for love and for freedom. As first the Great War and then the Russian Revolution rage in the background, she grows from a lonely, melancholy child to an angry young woman intent on destruction. The Wine of Solitude is a powerful tale of an unhappy family in difficult times and a woman prepared to wreak a shattering revenge.

Suite Francaise Vintage 21

Suite Francaise Vintage 21

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2011

In June 1940 France fell to the Nazis. The effect of this event on the lives of ordinary Parisians and the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation are brilliantly explored in Irene Nemirovsky's heartbreaking novel. A tragic victim of the Nazi regime, Nemirovsky left behind this masterpiece in which she conjures up a vivid cast of characters, thrown together in ways they never expected. Amidst the mess of defeat, true nobility and love exist, but often in surprising places.

The Dogs and the Wolves

The Dogs and the Wolves

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2010

From the author of the bestselling Suite Francaise. Ada grows up motherless in the Jewish pogroms of a Ukrainian city in the early years of the twentieth century. In the same city, Harry Sinner, the cosseted son of a city financier, belongs to a very different world. Eventually, in search of a brighter future, Ada moves to Paris and makes a living painting scenes from the world she has left behind. Harry Sinner also comes to Paris to mingle in exclusive circles, until one day he buys two paintings which remind him of his past and the course of Ada's life changes once more...

Jezebel

Jezebel

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

From the author of the bestselling Suite Francaise. In a French courtroom, the trial of a woman is taking place. Gladys Eysenach is no longer young, but she is still beautiful, elegant, cold. She is accused of shooting dead her much-younger lover. As the witnesses take the stand and the case unfolds, Gladys relives fragments of her past: her childhood, her absent father, her marriage, her turbulent relationship with her daughter, her decline, and then the final irrevocable act. With the depth of insight and pitiless compassion we have come to expect from the author of Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky shows us the soul of a desperate woman obsessed with her lost youth.

Dimanche and Other Stories

Dimanche and Other Stories

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2010

Dimanche and Other Stories

Dimanche and Other Stories

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2010

A collection of never-before-translated stories by the bestselling author of Suite Francaise, this is a gorgeous, gemlike volume with the same attention to detail that won Irene Nemirovsky so many fans. Written between 1934 and 1942, these ten stories mine the same terrain as her bestselling novels: a keen eye for the details of social class; the tensions between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives; the manners and mannerisms of the French bourgeoisie; and questions of religion and personal identity. Moving from the drawing rooms of pre-war Paris to the lives of men and women in wartime France, here is the beautiful work of a writer at the height of her tragically short career.

All Our Worldly Goods

All Our Worldly Goods

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

From the author of the bestselling Suite Francaise. Pierre and Agnes marry for love against the wishes of his parents and the family patriarch, the tyrannical industrialist Julien Hardelot, provoking a family feud which cascades down the generations. Even when war is imminent and Pierre is called up, the old man is unforgiving. Taut, evocative and beautifully paced, All Our Worldly Goods points up with heartbreaking detail and clarity how close were those two wars, how history repeated itself, tragically, shockingly... 'A remarkable novel...beautifully translated... Her voice, compassionate yet always shrewd, with its sharp portrait of France at war and during the optimistic and confused Twenties and early Thirties, is always distinctive' Literary Review

Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2008

From the author of the bestselling Suite Francaise. Set in the rural French town in Burgundy that would also form the backdrop to the bestselling Suite Francaise, Fire in the Blood is the story of Silvio, his cousin's wife Helene, her second husband Francoise, and of the truths, deaths, marriages, children, houses and mills that bind them with love and hatred, deception and betrayal.

All Our Worldly Goods

All Our Worldly Goods

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/10/2008

In haunting ways this wonderful, compelling novel prefigures Suite Francaise and some of the themes of Nemirovsky's great unfinished sequence of novels. All Our Worldly Goods, though, is complete, and exquisitely so - a perfect novel in its own right. First published in France in 1947, after the author's death, it is a gripping story of family life and starcrossed lovers, of money and greed, set against the backdrop of France from 1911 to 1940 between two terrible wars. Pierre and Agnes marry for love against the wishes of his parents and the family patriarch, the tyrannical industrialist Julien Hardelot, provoking a family feud which cascades down the generations. This is Balzac or The Forsyte Saga on a smaller, more intimate scale, the bourgeoisie observed close-up with Nemirovsky's characteristically sly humour and clear-eyed compassion. Full of drama and heartbreak, telling observation of the devastating effects of two wars on a small town and an industrial family, this is Nemirovsky at the height of her powers. The exodus and flow of refugee humanity through the town in both wars foreshadows Suite Francaise, but differently, because this is Northern France, near the Somme, and the town itself is twice razed. Taut, evocative and beautifully paced, the novel points up with heartbreaking detail and clarity how close were those two wars, how history repeated itself, tragically, shockingly... It opens in the Edwardian era, on a fashionable Normandy beach, and ends with a changed world, under Nazi occupation.

The Courilof Affair

The Courilof Affair

Author: Irene Nemirovsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2008

From the author of the bestselling Suite Francaise. In 1903 Leon M - the son of two Russian revolutionaries - 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 carried out in the 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 Courilof 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 the man he must kill - 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 a lost world and an unflinchingly topical cautionary tale.

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