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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407065397
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

The Dogs and the Wolves

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.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407065397
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the author

Irène Némirovsky

Irène Némirovsky 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, author of David Golder, All Our Worldly Goods, The Dogs and the Wolves and other works published in her lifetime or soon after, such as the posthumously published Suite Française and Fire in the Blood. 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'Evêque (in German occupied territory). It was here that Irène began writing Suite Française. She died in Auschwitz in 1942.

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Praise for The Dogs and the Wolves

Written with tremendous assurance and finesse, The Dogs and the Wolves is an outstanding achievement of European fiction

Sunday Times

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

Daily Telegraph

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

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