[PDF] ✪ Suite française ✩ Irène Némirovsky – Heartforum.co.uk The first two stories of a masterwork once thought lost written by a pre WWII bestselling author who was deported to Auschwitz and died before her work could be completedBy the early l940s when Ukrain The first two stories of a masterwork once thought lost written by a pre WWII bestselling author who was deported to Auschwitz and died before her work could be completedBy the early ls when Ukrainian born Irène Némirovsky began working on what would become Suite française—the first two parts of a planned five part novel—she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris But she was also a Jew and in 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 France—where she her husband and their two small daughters had fled in a vain attempt to elude the Nazis—she'd 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 Némirovsky's literary masterpiece The first part A Storm in June opens in the chaos of the massive 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 survival—some trying to maintain lives of privilege others struggling simply to preserve their lives—but 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 villagers—from aristocrats to shopkeepers to peasants—cope 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 humanitySuite française is a singularly piercing evocation—at once subtle and severe deeply compassionate and fiercely ironic—of life and death in occupied France and a brilliant profoundly moving work of art.
Irène Némirovsky was born in Kiev in into a successful banking family Trapped in Moscow by the Russian Revolution she and her family fled first to a village in Finland and eventually to France where she attended the SorbonneIrène Némirovsky achieved early success as a writer her first novel David Golder published when she was twenty six was a sensation By she had published nine.
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- 10 September 2016 Irène Némirovsky