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Already acclaimed as a classic, this is the lost masterpiece behind the major new film starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Michelle Williams

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Set during the year that France fell to the Nazis, Suite Française falls into two parts. The first is a brilliant depiction of a group of Parisians as they flee the Nazi invasion; the second follows the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation. Suite Française is a novel that teems with wonderful characters struggling with the new regime. However, amidst the mess of defeat, and all the hypocrisy and compromise, there is hope. True nobility and love exist, but often in surprising places.

Irène Némirovsky began writing Suite Française 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.

Reviews

Deftly translated by Sandra Smith, this is possibly the most devastating indictment of French manners and morals since Madame Bovary, as hypnotic as Proust at the biscuit tin, as gruelling as Genet on the prowl. Irène Nemirovsky is, on this evidence, 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 Française 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

Helen Dunmore, Guardian

A book of exceptional literary quality, it has the kind of intimacy found in the diary of Anne Frank

Times Literary Supplement

An heroic attempt to write a novel about a nightmare in which the author is entirely embedded

Anita Brookner, Spectator

An irresistible work. Suite Francaise clutches the heart

Carmen Callil, The Times

It is quite outstanding, full of beauty, pain and truth...We are lucky to have this book

Anne Chisholm, Sunday Telegraph

Nemirovsky has a great gift for describing the ordinariness that surrounds catastrophes... it is this ability to conjure up people, in all their moods and foibles, their selflessness or vanity, that makes Suite Francaise so remarkable

Literary Review

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

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

The work of a genuine artist

Julian Barnes, Writersâ?? and Criticsâ?? pick of 2006, Guardian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099563181

    October 3, 2011

    Vintage

    416 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099488781

    April 2, 2007

    Vintage

    416 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781407092126

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    432 pages

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  • Audio Book

    9781846570797

    April 2, 2007

    Audiobooks

    RRP $39.99

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The Misunderstanding
The Wine of Solitude
Jezebel
The Dogs and the Wolves
Fire in the Blood
The Courilof Affair
All Our Worldly Goods
Four Novels
Le Bal
David Golder

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