Suite Francaise (Paperback)
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Suite Francaise (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 30/09/2006
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In 1941, Irene Nemirovsky sat down to write a book that would convey the magnitude of what she was living through by evoking the domestic lives and personal trials of the ordinary citizens of France. Nemirovsky's death in Auschwitz in 1942 prevented her from seeing the day, sixty-five years later, that the existing two sections of her planned novel sequence, Suite Francaise, would be rediscovered and hailed as a masterpiece. Set during the year that France fell to the Nazis, Suite Francaise falls into two parts. The first is a brilliant depiction of a group of Parisians as they flee the Nazi invasion; the second follows the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation. Suite Francaise is a novel that teems with wonderful characters struggling with the new regime. However, amidst the mess of defeat, and all the hypocrisy and compromise, there is hope. True nobility and love exist, but often in surprising places.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099488781

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“Suite Francaise”

fascinating insight into occupied France. Very vivid characters and extremely atmospheric. Bit of a clunky translation, but that lends itself to the authenticity of this book whcih has been saved from obscurity.... More

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1st April 2007
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You get invaded. Your routine and normal way of life is disrupted. No, thrown into chaos. Difficult to imagine, but Irene Nemirovsky makes you feel that you were there struggling along with the people of all ages and... More

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27th October 2012
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This book was absolutely incredible. Set during the French occupation of the second world war, this novel gives us a fascinating insight into what civilian life was really like. It is rare that I feel so moved by the... More

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19th October 2011
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