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"[V]ery few readers in our day know anything about Irène Némirovsky. Though she published more than a dozen novels between 1928 and 1942, only a few were translated into English. Even in France, where Némirovsky was extremely successful...her work was out of print until recently. Certainly very few readers would still remember David Golder, her first novel and, until Suite Francaise, her greatest success." Ruth Franklin, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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Readers everywhere were introduced to the work of Irène Némirovsky through the publication of her long-lost masterpiece, Suite Française. But Suite Française was only the coda to the brief yet remarkably prolific career of this nearly forgotten, magnificent novelist. Here in one volume are four of Némirovsky's other novels — all of them newly translated by the award-winning Sandra Smith, and all, except David Golder, available in English for the first time.

David Golder is the novel that established Néirovsky's reputation in France in 1929 when she was twenty-six. It is a novel about greed and loneliness, the story of a self-made business man, once wealthy, now suffering a breakdown as he nears the lonely end of his life. The Courilof Affair tells the story of a Russian revolutionary living out his last days — and his recollections of his first infamous assassination. Also included are two short, gemlike novels: The Ball, a pointed exploration of adolescence and the obsession with status among the bourgeoisie, and Snow in Autumn, an evocative tale of White Russian émigrés in Paris after the Russian Revolution.

Introduced by celebrated novelist Claire Messud, this collection of four spellbinding novels offers the same storytelling mastery, powerful clarity of language, and empathic grasp of human behavior that would give shape to Suite Française.

Synopsis:

This one volume collects four of Nmirovsky's earlier novels — all of them newly translated, and all, except David Golder, available in English for the first time.

Synopsis:

Readers everywhere were introduced to the work of Irène Némirovsky through the publication of her long-lost masterpiece, Suite Française. But Suite Française was only the coda to the brief yet remarkably prolific career of this nearly forgotten, magnificent novelist. Here in one volume are four of Némirovsky's other novels — all of them newly translated by the award-winning Sandra Smith, and all, except David Golder, available in English for the first time.

David Golder is the novel that established Néirovsky's reputation in France in 1929 when she was twenty-six. It is a novel about greed and loneliness, the story of a self-made business man, once wealthy, now suffering a breakdown as he nears the lonely end of his life. The Courilof Affair tells the story of a Russian revolutionary living out his last days — and his recollections of his first infamous assassination. Also included are two short, gemlike novels: The Ball, a pointed exploration of adolescence and the obsession with status among the bourgeoisie, and Snow in Autumn, an evocative tale of White Russian émigrés in Paris after the Russian Revolution.

Introduced by celebrated novelist Claire Messud, this collection of four spellbinding novels offers the same storytelling mastery, powerful clarity of language, and empathic grasp of human behavior that would give shape to Suite Française.

About the Author

Irène Némirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903 into a wealthy banking family and emigrated 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.

Claire Messud is the award-winning author of four works of fiction: When the World Was Steady, The Hunters, The Last Life, and, The Emperor's Children.

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Tim Tucker, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by Tim Tucker)
Irène Némirovsky is fascinating and appalling in equal measures, and also a cautionary tale. She is a fine writer whose rediscovery was overdue and well deserved. Unfortunately, the strain of anti-Semitism running through works leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

The irony is that she was a Russian Jew herself, and that leads to the cautionary tale. She was born into a wealthy family in Russia, her adored father a Jewish banker to the Imperial Court, and her hated mother a self absorbed narcissist who regularly cuckolded her husband and ignored her daughter. Her aristocratic upbringing infused Némirovsky with a disdain for shtetl Jewry. When the Bolsheviks seized power, her family was dispossessed and eventually fled to Paris. Because of her anti-Communist beliefs, she became a supporter of the European far right, and published in many magazines sympathetic to those views, which did her little good when the Nazis occupied France. Her political allies did not lift a finger when she was deported to Auschwitz, where she died of typhus a month after arriving.

This Everyman's Library volume brings together four of Némirovsky's novellas. Each one is informed by her own past. David Golder, the book that established her reputation in France, is the story of a Jewish businessman who works himself to death rebuilding his fortune for the benefit of his ungrateful wife and spendthrift daughter. The Ball details the revenge of an unloved daughter on her mother by sabotaging her grand ball. Snow in Autumn is about a family of Russian émigrés in Paris as viewed through the eyes of an aging family servant. Finally, The Courilof Affair, the best of the four, is a Conradian tale of a Bolshevik assassin who infiltrates the household of an Imperial minster of education, and develops a sympathy for the old man who's dying of cancer.

Sandra Smith's energetic and idiomatic translations could not be improved upon. Némirovsky could not have asked for a better advocate.
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cosifan, June 7, 2008 (view all comments by cosifan)
Irène Némirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903 into a wealthy banking family and emigrated 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 FRANCAISE was published posthumously.

Now the stalwart Everyman's Library is publishing four of her shorter novels in one handsome volume, a gorgeous hardcover complete with a gold cord bookmark. And the especially good news for lovers of crime fiction is that one of them, THE COURILOF AFFAIR, is a classic Conradian (or Dostoyevskian) spy novel. It's the story of a Russian revolutionary, Leon M., living out his last days in Nice, first meeting in the 1930s a man who jogs his memory and then writing in longhand about his relationship with Valerian Courilof, the minister of education in imperial Russia. Léon grew to like the decrepit, politically ruined Courilof, even as he was ordered to kill him.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307267085
Author:
Nemirovsky, Irene
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Translator:
Smith, Sandra
Introduction by:
Messud, Claire
Introduction:
Messud, Claire
Author:
Smith, Sandra
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Paris (france)
Subject:
Soviet Union History Revolution, 1917-
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
7.94x5.84x1.13 in. 1.12 lbs.

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Product details 408 pages Everyman's Library - English 9780307267085 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "[V]ery few readers in our day know anything about Irène Némirovsky. Though she published more than a dozen novels between 1928 and 1942, only a few were translated into English. Even in France, where Némirovsky was extremely successful...her work was out of print until recently. Certainly very few readers would still remember David Golder, her first novel and, until Suite Francaise, her greatest success." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Synopsis" by , This one volume collects four of Nmirovsky's earlier novels — all of them newly translated, and all, except David Golder, available in English for the first time.
"Synopsis" by , Readers everywhere were introduced to the work of Irène Némirovsky through the publication of her long-lost masterpiece, Suite Française. But Suite Française was only the coda to the brief yet remarkably prolific career of this nearly forgotten, magnificent novelist. Here in one volume are four of Némirovsky's other novels — all of them newly translated by the award-winning Sandra Smith, and all, except David Golder, available in English for the first time.

David Golder is the novel that established Néirovsky's reputation in France in 1929 when she was twenty-six. It is a novel about greed and loneliness, the story of a self-made business man, once wealthy, now suffering a breakdown as he nears the lonely end of his life. The Courilof Affair tells the story of a Russian revolutionary living out his last days — and his recollections of his first infamous assassination. Also included are two short, gemlike novels: The Ball, a pointed exploration of adolescence and the obsession with status among the bourgeoisie, and Snow in Autumn, an evocative tale of White Russian émigrés in Paris after the Russian Revolution.

Introduced by celebrated novelist Claire Messud, this collection of four spellbinding novels offers the same storytelling mastery, powerful clarity of language, and empathic grasp of human behavior that would give shape to Suite Française.

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