Overview: The Life of Irene Nemirovsky

Published: May 13th 2010
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The Life of Irene Nemirovsky



Irene Nemirovsky’s own life was as dramatic as any fiction. And few writers enjoy a posthumous resurgence as astonishing as hers after the international triumph of Suite Française.


The authors of this fascinating biography have had access to previously unpublished documents and to surviving family members in Russia. They researched her childhood in the Ukraine and traced her odyssey first to St. Petersburg, where her father was a successful financier, and then, as the family was forced to flee the Russian Revolution, to Finland, Sweden and finally France in 1919.


When France fell to the Nazis, Nemirovsky sought refuge in a small Burgundy village with her family. In July 1942, Nemirovsky was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died the following month.


“Drawing on Nemirovsky’s diaries, previously untapped archival material, and interviews, her biographers give…an intimate picture of her life and turbulent times and an illuminating examination of the ways in which she used the details of her remarkable life to create ‘some of the greatest, most humane, and incisive fiction [World War II] has produced’ (The New York Times Book Review).” (Book flap)


This book was written by Olivier Philipponnat and Patrick Lienhardt and is published by Random House of Canada.


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