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  • Published: 6 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781409019527
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320
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The Fires of Autumn




The prequel to the internationally bestselling novel Suite Française: a coruscating, powerful story about one man's rise and fall and the brutal impact of war

The prequel to the bestselling Suite Française

Paris 1918, Bernard Jacquelain returns from the trenches a changed man.

The city is a whirl of decadence and corruption and he embarks on a life of parties and shady business dealings, as well as an illicit affair.

But as another war threatens, everything around him starts to crumble, and the future for him and for France suddenly looks dangerously uncertain.

  • Pub date: 6 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781409019527
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

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 Fires of Autumn

“Admirers of Nemirovsky’s Suite Française…won’t want to miss this novel”

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

“Beautiful…Powerful…Poignant”

Independent

“Revelatory… gripping and illuminating”

Sunday Times

“One puts it down with unqualified admiration… This fine novel will further enhance Irene Nemirovsky’s name”

John Sutherland, The Times

“This astute novel is witness to an undeniable literary talent tragically cut short”

Sonia Zhuravlyova, Lady

“Her writing is harder and more vicious… Nemirovsky is fascinated by the impact of war on human behaviour”

Louise Heighes, Metro

“Like Suite Française, this is a gripping novel that at the same time is a terrible indictment”

John Sutherland, The Times

“It’s a sobering glimpse of the lives and loves of ordinary Parisians, and the best and worst of human nature”

Catherine Small, UK Press Syndication

“It is a triumphant tour de force, a powerful, cinematic, real-time account of a European nation in full, panicked flight from a merciless invader”

Anne Garvey, Jewish Chronicle

“A convincing portrait of human nature in the crucible of war”

Good Book Guide

“A beautifully written book”

Sue Glynn, Nudge

“This sweeping novel cements Nemirovsky’s place as a master storyteller”

Craig Brown, Daily Mail

“This sweeping novel cements Nemirovsky’s place as a master storyteller”

Craig Brown, Daily Mail


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