Author(s): Irene Nemirovsky
France, 1940. Lucile Angellier's husband has been captured as a prisoner-of-war, and all she can do is wait for him - and tend to the household controlled by her domineering mother-in-law. Their small village is soon occupied by a regiment of German soldiers, forcing the locals to coexist with an invading Nazi force. Lieutenant Bruno von Falk takes up lodgings with the Angellier women, and Lucile struggles with her growing feelings for the handsome officer - soon a powerful love draws them together, and they too fall victim to the tragedy of war. Irene Nemirovsky began writing Suite Francaise in 1940, but her death in Auschwitz prevented her from seeing the day, sixty-five years later, that the novel would be discovered by her daughter and hailed worldwide as a masterpiece.
Already acclaimed as a classic, this is the lost masterpiece behind the major new film starring Kristen Scott Thomas and Michelle Williams
"A masterpiece" The Sunday Times "Quite outstanding, full of beauty, pain and truth ... We are lucky to have this book" Sunday Telegraph "An irresistible work. Suite Francaise clutches the heart" The Times "Possibly the most devastating indictment of French manners and morals since Madame Bovary ... a novelist of the very first order, perceptive to a fault and sly in her emotional restraint" Evening Standard "Remarkable as the story of the publication of Suite Francaise is, it will finally be of anecdotal interest compared with the importance of the book. Here is the work of a fine novelist at the top of her form, writing about the fate of her adopted country with a pitiless clarity" -- Patrick Marnham "[I]t is certain to be the toast of publisher...evokes the heroism, brutality and cowardice of a country under occupation...critics are united in acclaiming it as one of the most important novels about the occupation" Sunday Times "Suite Francaise is one of those rare books that demands to be read" Guardian "A book of exceptional literary quality, it has the kind of intimacy found in the diary of Anne Frank" Times Literary Supplement
Irene 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'Eveque (in German occupied territory). It was here that Irene began writing Suite Francaise. She died in Auschwitz in 1942. Sandra Smith has translated twelve novels by Irene Nemirovsky as well as a new translation of Camus' The Outsider. Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise 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 Francaise is the first to become a film.