The heart-rending origin story of Nemirovsky’s unfinished masterpiece sometimes threatens to overshadow the staggering achievement of the work itself. Collated from two separate but connected narratives of French life under the Nazi occupation, Suite Francaise is a triumph of memorable characterisation and evocative imagery, mercifully rescued from literary obscurity.
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.
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm