Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky

Writing as it was happening, Nemirovsky created a remarkable novel about the German occupation of France, but was deported to Auschwitz before she could finish her “suite.” Full of humor and character detail, two parts survive, both focusing on daily life amid the foreboding of what war will bring: “Storm in June” tells interconnected stories of the chaos as Parisians flee the city on the eve of the Nazi invasion, and “Dolce” portrays life in a German-occupied provincial farming village.

Rating: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: stc

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One response to “Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky

  1. I recently read your post about Irène Némirovsky and wanted to let you know about an exciting new exhibition about her life, work, and legacy that will open on September 2, 2008 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française, which will run through the middle of March, will include powerful rare artifacts — the actual handwritten manuscript for Suite Française, the valise in which it was found, and many personal papers and family photos. The majority of these documents and artifacts have never been outside of France. For fans of her work, this exhibition is an opportunity to really “get to know” Irene. And for those who can’t visit, there will be a special website that will live on the Museum’s site http://www.mjhnyc.org.
    The Museum will host several public programs over the course of the exhibition’s run that will put Némirovsky’s work and life into historical and literary context. Book clubs and groups are invited to the Museum for tours and discussions in the exhibition’s adjacent Salon (by appointment). It is the Museum’s hope that the exhibit will engage visitors and promote dialogue about this extraordinary writer and the complex time in which she lived and died. Please visit our website at http://www.mjhnyc.org for up-to-date information about upcoming public programs or to join our e-bulletin list.

    Thanks for sharing this info with your readers. Let me know if you need any more.