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The life of Irène Némirovsky, 1903-1942 /
Olivier Philipponnat , Patrick Lienhardt ; translated from the French by Euan Cameron.
imprint
London : Chatto & Windus, 2010.
description
xii, 466 p.. [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0701182881 (hbk.), 9780701182885 (hbk.)
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Book
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imprint
London : Chatto & Windus, 2010.
isbn
0701182881 (hbk.)
9780701182885 (hbk.)
language note
Translated from the French.
catalogue key
7113386
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This remarkable, panoramic biography of the author of Suite FranYaise is a moving portrait of a woman and a sweeping saga of a turbulent period of European history, holding up a mirror to the world of publishing, intellectual thought, society and the darker shadow of prejudice between the wars.Ir+ne N_mirovsky’s own life was as dramatic as any fiction. Dead at thirty-nine, author of sixteen novels, a biography of Chekhov and many stories, few writers enjoy a posthumous resurgence as astonishing as hers after the international triumph of Suite FranYaise. She was born in 1903 in Kiev to a well-off Jewish family. The authors of this fascinating biography have had access to previously unpublished documents and to surviving family members in Russia, researching her childhood in the Ukraine, and tracing her odyssey first to St Petersburg, where her father was a successful financier, and then, as the family was forced to flee the Russian Revolution, to Finland, Sweden and finally France in 1919. They settled in Paris, and in 1926 she married another Jewish _migr_, Michel Epstein. With the publication of David Golder in 1929 – delivered to a publisher just before the delivery of her first daughter, Denise – Ir+ne swiftly became an acclaimed and successful writer. For a few years theirs was a hardworking, happy existence during which Ir+ne wrote prolifically, both stories and novels.Minutely considering and defending her against charges of anti-semitism, her biographers (who had access to all her writing diaries) examine in detail the way she used her life in her fiction (David Golder, Le Bal, The Wine of Solitude, The Dogs and the Wolves and others), from pogroms in Ukraine to gilded holidays in Biarritz, and especially the troubled relationship with her capitalist father and her vain and difficult mother. By 1937, and with the birth of a second daughter, Elisabeth, life for Ir+ne and Michel was less easy. And the coming of the Second World War put paid to everything. When France fell to the Nazis, the family took refuge in a small Burgundy village, just inside the occupied zone, where she finished All Our Worldly Goods, wrote Fire in the Blood and immediately began Suite FranYaise. In July 1942 Ir+ne was arrested by the French police and deported to Auschwitz, where she died the following month.Meticulously researched and passionately felt, this is a vibrant biography of an exceptional writer and a moving portrait of a 20th-century woman and of her dramatic times.
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[Wednesday 15th July 1942, Pithiviers]My dearest loveDon’t worry about me. I have arrived safely. For the time being, there is disarray, but the food is very good. I was even astonished. A parcel and a letter may be sent once a month.Above all, don’t be anxious. Things will settle down, my dearest. I hug you as I do the children with all my heart, with all my love.Ir+ne[16th July 1942]Thursday morningMy dearest, my beloved little onesI think we are leaving today. Courage and hope. You are all in my heart, my dears. May God protect us all.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Irene Nemirovsky's own life was as dramatic as any fiction. Dead at 39, author of 16 novels, a biography of Chekhov and many stories, few writers have enjoyed such posthumous acclaim. This biography of Nemirovksy is a moving portrait of a 20th-century icon and her dramatic times.
Main Description
Ir ne N mirovksy's own life was as dramatic as any fiction. Dead at 39, author of 16 novels, a biography of Chekhov and many stories, few writers enjoy a posthumous resurgence as astonishing as hers after the international triumph of Suite Fran aise. She was born in 1903 in Kiev to a well-off Jewish family. The authors of this fascinating biography have had access to previously unpublished documents and to surviving family members in Russia, researching her childhood in the Ukraine, and tracing her odyssey first to St Petersburg, where her father was a successful financier, and then, as the family was forced to flee the Russian Revolution, to Finland, Sweden and finally France in 1919. They settled in Paris, and in 1926 she married another Jewish migr , Michel Epstein. With the publication of David Golder in 1929 - delivered to a publisher just before the delivery of her first daughter, Denise - Irene swiftly became a highly respected and successful writer. Minutely considering and defending
Main Description
Ir ne N mirovsky's own life was as dramatic as any fiction. Dead at 39, author of 16 novels, a biography of Chekhov and many stories, few writers enjoy a posthumous resurgence as astonishing as hers after the international triumph of Suite Fran aise. She was born in 1903 in Kiev to a well-off Jewish family. The authors of this fascinating biography have had access to previously unpublished documents and to surviving family members in Russia, researching her childhood in the Ukraine, and tracing her odyssey first to St Petersburg, where her father was a successful financier, and then, as the family was forced to flee the Russian Revolution, to Finland, Sweden and finally France in 1919. They settled in Paris, and in 1926 she married another Jewish migr , Michel Epstein. With the publication of David Golder in 1929 u delivered to a publisher just before the delivery of her first daughter, Denise u Ir ne swiftly became an acclaimed and successful writer. For a few years theirs was a hardworking,
Main Description
Ir+ne N_mirovsky’s own life was as dramatic as any fiction. Dead at 39, author of 16 novels, a biography of Chekhov and many stories, few writers enjoy a posthumous resurgence as astonishing as hers after the international triumph of Suite FranYaise. She was born in 1903 in Kiev to a well-off Jewish family. The authors of this fascinating biography have had access to previously unpublished documents and to surviving family members in Russia, researching her childhood in the Ukraine, and tracing her odyssey first to St Petersburg, where her father was a successful financier, and then, as the family was forced to flee the Russian Revolution, to Finland, Sweden and finally France in 1919. They settled in Paris, and in 1926 she married another Jewish _migr_, Michel Epstein. With the publication of David Golder in 1929 – delivered to a publisher just before the delivery of her first daughter, Denise – Ir+ne swiftly became an acclaimed and successful writer. For a few years theirs was a hardworking, happy existence during which Ir+ne wrote prolifically, both stories and novels.Minutely considering and defending her against charges of anti-semitism, her biographers (who had access to all her writing diaries) examine in detail the way she used her life in her fiction (David Golder, Le Bal, The Wine of Solitude, The Dogs and the Wolves and others), from pogroms in Ukraine to gilded holidays in Biarritz, and especially the troubled relationship with her capitalist father and her vain and difficult mother. By 1937, and with the birth of a second daughter, Elisabeth, life for Ir+ne and Michel was less easy. And the coming of the Second World War put paid to everything. When France fell to the Nazis, the family took refuge in a small Burgundy village, just inside the occupied zone, where she finished All Our Worldly Goods, wrote Fire in the Blood and immediately began Suite FranYaise. In July 1942 Ir+ne was arrested by the French police and deported to Auschwitz, where she died the following month.Meticulously researched and passionately felt, this is a vibrant biography of an exceptional writer and a moving portrait of a 20th-century woman and of her dramatic times.

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