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All Our Worldly Goods (Vintage International Original)by Irene Nemirovsky
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In haunting ways, this gorgeous novel prefigures Irène Némirovsky’s masterpiece Suite Française. Set in France between 1910 and 1940 and first published in France in 1947, five years after the author’s death, All Our Worldly Goods is a gripping story of war, family life and star-crossed lovers. Pierre and Agnes marry for love against the wishes of his parents and his grandfather, the tyrannical family patriarch. Their marriage provokes a family feud that cascades down the generations. This brilliant novel is full of drama, heartbreak, and the telling observations that have made Némirovsky’s work so beloved and admired.
"A world at war ruptures the orderly lives of two French provincial families connected by marriage in this serenely beautiful tale by French novelist NÃ©mirovsky (Suite FranÃ§aise). In the northern village of Saint-Elme, early in the 20th century, Pierre, the scion of the Hardelot Paper Mill family, marries AgnÃ¨s Florent, whose mother is a Parisian widow of the lower middle class. The union defies Pierre's redoubtable grandfather, and the newlyweds are cast out of the village. Yet together they thrive and have a son before Pierre is called to fight in WWI. 'He didn't think he would be saved, he alone among thousands of men,' yet he is, returning from the front a wounded man. The villagers in tiny Saint-Elme flee the encroaching Germans, lose their husbands and sons in battle, and watch their children grow up only to face another world war. The bourgeois importance of keeping up appearances, so skillfully delineated ('Society relies entirely on nuances,' notes Pierre's father, to which his mother replies, 'And stupidity.'), is both undermined and bolstered by the love between AgnÃ¨s and Pierre. This is another stunning translation by Smith of the tremendously stirring NÃ©mirovsky, who died in Auschwitz at the age of 39. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Originally published in France as Les biens de ce monde in 1947.
About the Author
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.
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