A wonderful, panoramic novel and an achingly poignant love story from the bestselling author of Suite Française.
Ada grows up motherless in the Jewish pogroms of a Ukrainian city in the early years of the twentieth century. In the same city, Harry Sinner, the cosseted son of a city financier, belongs to a very different world. Eventually, in search of a brighter future, Ada moves to Paris and makes a living painting scenes from the world she has left behind. Harry Sinner also comes to Paris to mingle in exclusive circles, until one day he buys two paintings which remind him of his past…and the course of Ada’s life changes once more.
But then recession and revolutions shake previously rich regimes. As summer draws to a close, Ada’s world is disintegrating, and she is faced with a fateful decision.
“Written with tremendous assurance and finesse, The Dogs and the Wolves is an outstanding achievement of European fiction”
“Nemirovsky was incapable of producing anything less than an enchanting novel. She has an irresistible talent for creating character and incident which makes this story as much a page-turner as anything she has written”
Carmen Callil, Guardian
“The pleasure of this fine novel lies in its depiction of a doomed love affair- but more than anything what moves the reader are Nemirovsky's exquisite descriptions of character, which reveal a brilliantly sharp eye”
“A sad and beautifully written tale”
Caroline Moorehead, Literary Review
“Nemirovksy is a deeply engaged observer of her characters, and her depiction of the inner lives of both Jews and Gentiles in Sandra Smith's admirable translation of this exquisitely detailed novel, has the fine, authentic ring of artistic truth”
Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph
“She elegantly uses traditional orchestration, which makes her works, for all their weighty concerns, universally accessible and stirringly romantic”
“It has a classic feel; a book to be revisited in the hope of finding more delights within”
Waterstone's Books Quarterly
“Most autobiographically illuminating and engrossing [of her novels] so far”
Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times, Christmas pick