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Le Bal

by Irene Nemirovsky

Le Bal Synopsis

From the author of the bestselling Suite Francaise. Le Bal is a sharp, brittle story of a girl who sets out to ruin the mother she hates. The Kampfs have risen swiftly up the ranks of 1930s Parisian society. Painfully aware of her working-class roots, and desperate to win acceptance, Madame Kampf decides to throw a huge ball to announce her arrival to society. Her daughter Antoinette, who has just turned fourteen, dreams of attending, but Madame Kampf is resolved not to present her daughter to potential admirers. In a fury of adolescent rage and despair, Antoinette exacts a swift and horrible revenge... Snow in Autumn pays homage to Nemirovsky's beloved Chekhov and chronicles the life of a devoted servant following her masters as they flee Revolutionary Moscow and emigrate to a life of hardship in Paris. As the crisis pushes the family to the brink of dissolution, Tatiana struggles to adapt to life in Paris and waits in vain for her cherished first snow of autumn.

Le Bal Press Reviews

It is quite outstanding, full of beauty, pain and truth... We are lucky to have this book * Sunday Telegraph * This book is a masterpiece * Sunday Express * A genuine artist -- Julian Barnes A cruel, sophisticated tale making the terrible beautiful without diminishing for one moment the horrors of displacement and war * Guardian * With its cool, understated prose and sharp psychological accuracy, this is perfect for a train journey... A reminder of what good writing can achieve in a very few words * The Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099493976
Publication date: 2nd August 2007
Author: Irene Nemirovsky
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 112 pages
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Irene Nemirovsky

Irene 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, author of David Golder, Le Bal and other works published in her lifetime or soon after, as well as the posthumous Suite Francaise and Fire in the Blood. In July 1942 she was arrested by the French police and interned in Pithiviers concentration camp, and from there immediately deported to Auschwitz where she died in August 1942.

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