Némirovsky, Irène The Fires of Autumn

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The Fires of Autumn

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The Fires of Autumn was written in the last two years of Irène Némirovsky’s life, after she fled Paris in 1940. The prequel to her masterpiece, Suite Française, it is a panoramic exploration of French life and a witness to the greatest horrors of the twentieth century.

After four years of bloody warfare Bernard Jacquelain returns from the trenches a changed man. No more the naïve hopes and dreams of the teenager who went to war. Attracted by the lure of money and success, Bernard embarks on a life of luxuriant delinquency supported by suspect financial dealings and easy virtue.

Yet when his lover throws him off, he turns to a wholesome childhood friend for comfort. For ten years he lives the good bourgeois life, but as another war threatens everything Bernard had clung to starts to crumble, and the future for his marriage and for France looks terribly uncertain.

First published posthumously in France in 1957, The Fires of Autumn is a coruscating, tragic evocation of the reality of war and its dirty aftermath, and the ugly colour it can turn a man’s soul.

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"To say this is a “disturbing” novel is to simplify the response it arouses. One puts it down with unqualified admiration and a shudder of the mind" (John Sutherland The Times)

"Beautifully promising… powerful, poignant" (Michele Roberts Independent)

"Her writing is harder and more vicious… Nemirovsky is fascinated by the impact of war on human behaviour" (Louise Heighes Metro)

"Revelatory… gripping and illuminating" (Peter Kemp Sunday Times)

"One puts it down with unqualified admiration… This fine novel will further enhance Irene Nemirovsky’s name" (John Sutherland The Times)

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The prequel to the internationally bestselling novel Suite Française: a coruscating, powerful story about one man's rise and fall and the brutal impact of war

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