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by Irene Nemirovsky

Jezebel Synopsis

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.

Jezebel Press Reviews

Fast-paced and highly dramatic, it offers a fascinating glimpse into an inter-war world of privilege, wealth and Darwinian social combat -- Simon Shaw * New Statesman * Nemirovsky's tale of a woman on trial for shooting her young lover rings more contemporary bells than we might think at first -- Lesley McDowell * The Independent on Sunday * Slender, but engrossing, novel... Nemirovsky's subtle twist and typically jewelled prose presents the glittering enormity of Gladys, an unsympathetic but vividly realised character who dominates this tale in a fascinating portrait of paranoid self-absorption * Financial Times * Irene Nemirovsky is the literary discovery of the decade * Sunday Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099520382
Publication date: 1st July 2010
Author: Irene Nemirovsky
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post 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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