In June 1940 France fell to the Nazis. This novel explores the effects of this momentous event on the lives of ordinary Parisians and the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation. It conjures up a cast of characters who find themselves thrown together in ways they never expected.
In June 1940 France fell to the Nazis. The effects of this momentous event on the lives of ordinary Parisians and the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation are brilliantly explored in Irene Nemirovsky's gripping and heartbreaking novel. Nemirovsky herself was a tragic victim of the Nazi regime but she left behind her this exceptional masterpiece. In Suite Francaise she conjures up a vivid cast of wonderful characters who find themselves thrown together in ways they never expected. Amidst the mess of defeat, true nobility and love exist, but often in surprising places.
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"Quite outstanding, full of beauty, pain and truth" -- Anne Chisholm Sunday Telegraph "A masterpiece" Sunday Times "A book of exceptional literary quality, it has the kind of intimacy found in the diary of Anne Frank" Times Literary Supplement "The work of a genuine artist" -- Julian Barnes, Writers' And Critics' Pick Of 2006 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
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 . 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. Translated by Sandra Smith.
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
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