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  • Published: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409019954
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
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The Wine of Solitude




An astonishing depiction of human greed and emotion from the author of Suite Française

Introspective, intense and poignant, The Wine of Solitude is the most autobiographical of all Irène Némirovsky’s novels, now available in English for the first time. Imbued with melancholy, and regret, it explores the troubled relationship between a young girl, her distant, self-absorbed mother and her mother’s lover, Max. We follow the family through the Great War and the Russian Revolution, as the young Hélène grows from a dreamy, unhappy child into an angry young woman.

Through hot summers in a fictionalised Kiev (Némirovsky’s own birthplace) and the cruel winters of St Petersburg, the would-be writer Hélène blossoms, despite her mother’s neglect, into a clear-eyed observer of the life around her. The Wine of Solitude is a powerful tale not of a less of the end of innocence, than disillusionment; the story of an upbringing that produces a young woman as hard as a diamond, prepared to wreak a shattering revenge on her mother.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409019954
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

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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