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  • Published: 2 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099563846
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $24.99

The Misunderstanding


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An intense story of self-destructive love: Irène Némirovsky's first novel, written when she was just twenty-one

From the author of the bestselling Suite Française.

A compelling story of infatuation, passion and self-destructive love

Yves Harteloup is a disappointed young man, scarred by the war. He returns for the summer to the rich, comfortable Atlantic resort of Hendaye, where he spent blissful childhood holidays. There he becomes infatuated by a beautiful, bored young woman, Denise, whose rich husband is often away on business. Intoxicated by summer nights and Yves’ intensity, Denise falls passionately in love, before the idyll has to end and Yves must return to his mundane office job. In the mournful Paris autumn their love founders on mutual misunderstanding and Denise is driven mad with desire and jealous suspicion until, acting on her sophisticated mother’s advice, she takes action...which she may regret forever.

  • Pub date: 2 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099563846
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $24.99

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 Misunderstanding

“How easy it is to be drawn into this superb period novel”

The Connexion

“A misunderstanding [between lovers] soon turns passion and longing into burdensome demands requiring desperate measures”

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