Already acclaimed as a classic, this is the lost masterpiece behind the major new film starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Michelle Williams
Ir ne Nemirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903, the daughter of a successful Jewish banker. In 1918 her family fled the Russian Revolution for France where she became a bestselling novelist . She was prevented from publishing when the Germans occupied France and moved with her husband and two small daughters from Paris to the safety of the small village of Issy-l'Ev que (in German occupied territory). It was here that Ir ne began writing Suite Fran aise. She died in Auschwitz in 1942. Sandra Smith has translated twelve novels by Ir ne Nemirovsky as well as a new translation of Camus The Outsider. Nemirovsky s Suite Fran aise won her the French American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation Prize and The PEN Translation Prize. Five of her translations have been adapted as radio plays and broadcast on the BBC. Suite Fran aise is the first to become a film.
"A masterpiece" * Sunday Times * "Quite outstanding, full of beauty, pain and truth" -- Anne Chisholm * Sunday Telegraph * "An irresistible work. Suite Francaise clutches the heart" -- Carmen Callil * The Times * "The work of a genuine artist" -- Julian Barnes * Guardian * "Magnificent" * The Times * "Suite Francaise is one of those rare books that demands to be read" -- Helen Dunmore * Guardian * "Suite Francaise is the most powerful account of that time and place many of us have ever read...this extraordinary woman's work is receiving the celebration it deserves. I defy anyone to read it without tears of admiration and pity for its author" -- Max Hastings * Daily Mail * "A book of exceptional literary quality, it has the kind of intimacy found in the diary of Anne Frank" * Times Literary Supplement * "What is to me most remarkable is the degree to which Nemirovsky, writing so close to the event, has nevertheless distilled it to extract the significance of each moment and episode. it is literature, not journalism... Her novel is in the classic French tradition, intelligent and sensuous" * Scotsman *