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Le Bal


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Two lost masterpieces of French literature gathered together in one volume for the first time.

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Ir ne Nemirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903. The daughter of a wealthy banker, she received a French education. During the Bolshevik revolution, the Nemirovskys fled first to Finland, then to Sweden, finally settling in France where Irene's father reestablished himself. There, Ir ne studied literature and started publishing novels under a pseudonym. She married, had two daughters, and continued her prolific writing career. During the Nazi occupation, Ir ne and her family were forced to flee to a remote seaside village. There she continued to write and publish until her arrest by French gendarmes. She was deported to Auschwitz and, despite the tireless efforts of her publisher to have her released, she died there in 1942.


"With its cool, understated prose and sharp psychological accuracy, this is perfect for a train journey... A reminder of what good writing can achieve in a very few words" * The Times *
"A cruel, sophisticated tale making the terrible beautiful without diminishing for one moment the horrors of displacement and war" * Guardian *
"A genuine artist" -- Julian Barnes
"This book is a masterpiece" * Sunday Express *
"It is quite outstanding, full of beauty, pain and truth... We are lucky to have this book" * Sunday Telegraph *

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