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Suite Francaise (French language edition) [Paperback]

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A lost masterpiece of French literature, this epic novel of life under Nazi occupation was discovered 62 years after the author's tragic death at Auschwitz. Originally intended to be in five parts, the two that form this work are complete in themselves. Part One, "A Storm in June," is set in the chaos and mayhem of the massive 1940 exodus from Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion. Part Two, "Dolce," opens in the provincial town of Bussy during the first influx of German soldiers. Each part features a rich cast of characters---people who never should have met, but come to form ambiguous relationships as they are forced to endure circumstances beyond their control.

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Pages   341
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.25" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2005
Publisher   Denoel
ISBN  207033676X  
ISBN13  9782070336760  

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More About Irene Nemirovsky

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Irene Nemirovsky 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, for the first time, in 2006.

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Irene Nemirovsky was born in 1903 and died in 1942.

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Yes, yes, it IS worth five stars!   Sep 1, 2008
This book was highly recommended to me by someone with great taste in books. After purchasing it, I apparently read a few pages, and set it aside; I found the bookmark only several pages into it when I opened it again last night.
Some rapt hours later, I finished it, stunned I had EVER put it down before. I then read all the other appended information about the author and her family, including her murder at only 39 by the Nazis, after she had finished only two parts of the planned five in the "suite."
Today I have looked through the this site reviews, and have to wonder about those people who give it only a few stars, and complain it has too many characters. Didn't they ever read Tolstoy? Dostoyevsky? Sometimes I needed a chart to keep the characters straight! That certainly didn't keep me from recognizing the greatness of the novels.
Now to check out her other works. Her ability to change "voice" with each character is so subtle, yet so convincing I felt I was inside their thoughts. I can't wait to read more of her.
Please, if you can't get into this in the first few pages, find a little block of time and go further. It WILL be worth it.
Suite Francaise  Aug 25, 2008
It is a shame we will never be able to read the entire body of work Irene Namirovske had planned. I enjoyed reading the first two parts and also felt the two appendices were valuable. The first indicated Namirovsky's plan for her 5 part Suite. The second were the frantic and poignant letters that were sent in a vain attempt to save her life.
Bittersweet  Aug 16, 2008
Wonderfully written with insight into the emotional strain inflicted on people who have no say in times of war. As the characters unfolded, a long process at that, the reader feels a since of hopelessness not so much because of the war but because freedom had been taken from these people. The German soldiers were as much victims of a bad government as the people in occupied France. I'd give this book five stars if it didn't take so long to weed out how the characters were connected. A sense of sadness lingers. Wil A. Emerson
HELP!!!!  Aug 16, 2008
I'm trying.....I'm really trying to like this book!! I was excited when I bought it and couldn't wait to start reading it.......well, a few pages into it, I kept thinking.....HUH??!! It's extremely confusing, it jumps all over the place from a set of characters to others, and does not grip you, at all. Some review, I believe listed in the book, said that this book was better than the Diary of Anne Frank, don't fall for that!! I'm on page 108, and I've been struggling to get that far within a week, where, usually, I can read that much (and more) within a day. If you haven't bought this your money, unless you feel you may be like some of the others who wrote a review on how great this book was. Wish me luck, I'm going to keep on reading, after all $14.95 plus tax is $14.95.........I may not finish, but I will try in her memory and I believe every person has a story to tell. I don't know if this book has a section on her life, her story, I do hope so.

Put this at the top of your "To Read" list  Jul 30, 2008
"Suite Française" is one of the most amazing books I've read this year. The first part of the book, "Storm in June," depicts the lives of various characters as they struggle with the beginning of the Great War and the German invasion/occupation of Paris. All of the characters are equally fascinating, and the author distinguishes how people from opposite classes responded to the same situations. The second half of the book, "Dolce," revolves around the year-long German occupation of a small French village. This portion of the book details the story of a French woman who falls in love with a German officer, and also conspires to protect a fellow villager who is wanted for the murder of another German.

Irène Némirovsky was an amazing novelist. "Suite Française" is one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. Every page is absolutely captivating, as are the numerous characters and vivid descriptions of these tragic events. What's even more amazing than this book is Némirovsky's own story: She was a Jewish, Russian immigrant who wrote this novel before she died at Auschwitz in 1942. Némirovsky's daughters possessed the "Suite Française" manuscript for more than 60 years without knowing what it was. Eventually, the book was discovered and became a bestseller in 2004, decades after Némirovsky's death.

I sincerely cannot say enough great things about this book. It's an amazing story about war and foreign occupation that, in a sad twist of irony, was written by a woman who would pay the ultimate price during that exact same period in history. "Suite Française" is a book that should definitely be read by everyone.

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