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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.
'Admirers of Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise...won't want to miss this novel' -- Peter Kemp Sunday Times
'Beautiful...Powerful...Poignant Independent Revelatory... gripping and illuminating' Sunday Times
'One puts it down with unqualified admiration... This fine novel will further enhance Irene Nemirovsky's name' -- John Sutherland The Times
Publication date: 27/08/2015
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||27th August 2015|
|Publisher:||Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Sagas and Romance,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation,|
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 ...More About Irene Nemirovsky