Suite Francaise: Book by Irene Nemirovsky

Suite Francaise

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ISBN: 9780099598442    Publisher: Vintage Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 499        Language: English
The official film tie-in book published to coincide with the film of Suite Francaise. France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier is trapped in a stifling existence with her controlling...Read more
The official film tie-in book published to coincide with the film of Suite Francaise. France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier is trapped in a stifling existence with her controlling mother-in-law as they both await news of her husband, a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' homes. The locals must learn to coexist with the enemy - in their daily lives, their homes, even their hearts. Lucile tries to ignore Bruno von Falk, the handsome and refined German officer staying with them, but soon a powerful love draws them together and they too fall victim to the tragedy of war. France, 1941. Irene Nemirovsky, a highly successful novelist living in Paris, begins working on Suite Francaise. But she is also a Jew, and in 1942 she is arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she dies. For sixty-four years, Suite Francaise remained hidden in a suitcase, until her daughter, Denise Epstein, discovered it and had it published in 2004. It has since been translated into over 40 languages and hailed world-wide as a masterpiece.
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About the author: 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... Read more
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 . 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'Eveque (in German occupied territory). It was here that Irene began writing Suite Francaise. She died in Auschwitz in 1942. Sandra Smith has translated twelve novels by Irene Nemirovsky as well as a new translation of Camus' The Outsider. Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise won her the French American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation Prize and The PEN Translation Prize. Five of her translations have been adapted as radio plays and broadcast on the BBC. Suite Francaise is the first to become a film.
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Review:
A masterpiece" Sunday Times "Quite outstanding, full of beauty, pain and truth" -- Anne Chisholm Sunday Telegraph "An irresistible work. Suite Francaise clutches the heart" -- Carmen Callil The...Read more
A masterpiece" Sunday Times "Quite outstanding, full of beauty, pain and truth" -- Anne Chisholm Sunday Telegraph "An irresistible work. Suite Francaise clutches the heart" -- Carmen Callil The Times "The work of a genuine artist" -- Julian Barnes Guardian "Magnificent" The Times "Suite Francaise is one of those rare books that demands to be read" -- Helen Dunmore Guardian "Suite Francaise is the most powerful account of that time and place many of us have ever read...this extraordinary woman's work is receiving the celebration it deserves. I defy anyone to read it without tears of admiration and pity for its author" -- Max Hastings Daily Mail "A book of exceptional literary quality, it has the kind of intimacy found in the diary of Anne Frank" Times Literary Supplement "What is to me most remarkable is the degree to which Nemirovsky, writing so close to the event, has nevertheless distilled it to extract the significance of each moment and episode. it is literature, not journalism... Her novel is in the classic French tradition, intelligent and sensuous" Scotsman
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