In June 1940 France fell to the Nazis. The effect of this event on the lives of ordinary Parisians and the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation are brilliantly explored in Irène Némirovsky's heartbreaking novel. A tragic victim of the Nazi regime, Némirovsky left behind this masterpiece in which she conjures up a vivid cast of characters, 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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Suite Francaise In June 1940 France fell to the Nazis. This title explores the effect of this event on the lives of ordinary Parisians and the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation. Full descriptionReview:
"Deftly translated by Sandra Smith, this is possibly the most devastating indictment of French manners and morals since Madame Bovary, as hypnotic as Proust at the biscuit tin, as gruelling as Genet on the prowl. Irène Nemirovsky is, on this evidence, a novelist of the very first order, perceptive to a fault and sly in her emotional restraint" ( Evening Standard)
"Remarkable as the story of the publication of Suite Française is, it will finally be of anecdotal interest compared with the importance of the book. Here is the work of a fine novelist at the top of her form, writing about the fate of her adopted country with a pitiless clarity" (Patrick Marnham)
"[I]t is certain to be the toast of publisher...evokes the heroism, brutality and cowardice of a country under occupation...critics are united in acclaiming it as one of the most important novels about the occupation" ( Sunday Times)
" Suite Francaise is one of those rare books that demands to be read" (Helen Dunmore Guardian)
"A book of exceptional literary quality, it has the kind of intimacy found in the diary of Anne Frank" ( Times Literary Supplement)
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