The Life of Irene Nemirovsky : 1903-1942

Author(s): Patrick Lienhardt & Olivier Philipponnat

Literary biography

Irene Nemirovsky's own life was as dramatic as any fiction. Few writers enjoy posthumous success as astonishing as hers after the international triumph of Suite Francaise. She was born in 1903 in Kiev to a well-off Jewish family, but died in Auschwitz only 39 years later. With her parents she fled the Russian Revolution, eventually settling in France. With the publication of David Golder in 1929 - delivered to a publisher just before the birth of her first daughter - Irene swiftly became an acclaimed and successful writer. When France fell to the Nazis, Irene and her family took refuge in a small Burgundy village, where she finished two more novels and began Suite Francaise. Finally, in July 1942 Irene was arrested by the French police and deported.
Her biographers take advantage of access to diaries, unpublished documents and surviving family to examine Irene's remarkable life, from pogroms in Ukraine to gilded holidays in Biarritz, and her troubled relationship with her vain, difficult mother. The result is a brilliant portrait of an exceptional writer and of a turbulent period of European history.

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A remarkable, panoramic biography of the author of Suite Francaise.

Olivier Philipponnat and Patrick Lienhardt are the authors of an acclaimed biography of Roger Stephane. For this biography of Nemirovsky they have had unprecedented access to unpublished letters, notebooks and archives.

General Fields

  • : 9780099523987
  • : penguin random house
  • : Vintage
  • : March 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 29mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 480
  • : Patrick Lienhardt & Olivier Philipponnat
  • : Paperback