Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

The director of my department at UCB loaned this fantastic novel to me. I found it on his bookshelf when I was moving him from one office to another. It had been on the best sellers list for some time in both the SF Chronicle and the NY Times. I really wanted to read it but have a buying ban currently enforced by my husband especially on books.
Anyway, this is an absolutely wonderful book. A must read!
The story is set in Paris, France when the Nazi's are about to invade during WWII. Many of the Parisians remember WWI. Nemirovsky takes you into the lives of many families. Some are wealthy families in Paris. Others are simple farmers in country towns where German soldiers have become occupiers.
This is a very touching book told by someone who lived and unfortunately did not survive.

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1 comment:

Elizabeth Sinnreich said...

I recently read your post about Irène Némirovsky and wanted to let you know about an exciting new exhibition about her life, work, and legacy that will open on September 2, 2008 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française, which will run through the middle of March, will include powerful rare artifacts — the actual handwritten manuscript for Suite Française, the valise in which it was found, and many personal papers and family photos. The majority of these documents and artifacts have never been outside of France. For fans of her work, this exhibition is an opportunity to really “get to know” Irene. And for those who can’t visit, there will be a special website that will live on the Museum’s site
The Museum will host several public programs over the course of the exhibition’s run that will put Némirovsky’s work and life into historical and literary context. Book clubs and groups are invited to the Museum for tours and discussions in the exhibition’s adjacent Salon (by appointment). It is the Museum’s hope that the exhibit will engage visitors and promote dialogue about this extraordinary writer and the complex time in which she lived and died. Please visit our website at for up-to-date information about upcoming public programs or to join our e-bulletin list.

Thanks for sharing this info with your readers. Let me know if you need any more.

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