Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

73%

6 Critic Reviews

...because they are an unrevised response to current events, they have the urgency and immediacy of a diary.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940. Suite Française tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. As Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Moving on to a provincial village now occupied by German soldiers, the locals must learn to coexist with the enemy—in their town, their homes, even in their hearts.When Irène Némirovsky began working on Suite Française, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.


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About Irene Nemirovsky

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Irène Némirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903 into a wealthy banking family and immigrated to France during the Russian Revolution. After attending the Sorbonne in Paris, she began to write and swiftly achieved success with David Golder, which was followed by more than a dozen other books. Throughout her lifetime she published widely in French newspapers and literary journals. She died in Auschwitz in 1942. More than sixty years later, Suite Française was published posthumously for the first time in 2006.
 
Published April 11, 2006 by Vintage. 448 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, War, Professional & Technical, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Suite Francaise
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Jane Stevenson on Mar 26 2008

...because they are an unrevised response to current events, they have the urgency and immediacy of a diary.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Helen Dunmore on Mar 04 2008

...even in its incomplete form Suite Française is one of those rare books that demands to be read.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by YuMin Ye on May 08 2011

Nemirovsky’s novel, not discovered until 64 years after the fact, explores tragedy from all different classes of people.

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The Millions

Good
Reviewed by Emily St. John Mandel on Sep 02 2011

The first two sections of Suite Française are a masterpiece.

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M/C Anderson

Good
Reviewed by Julie Kearney on Mar 29 2011

If you want a story that is funny, ennobling and deeply perceptive of human nature (and a ripping good yarn into the bargain) then this is the book for you.

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Helium

Below average
Reviewed by Jessica Schneider on Jun 25 2009

...this book is not good. The narrative is all over the place, the characters are never really developed, and nor do we really care about them

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