Rameau’s review archive: Ranskalainen sarja (Suite française) by Irène Némirovsky


Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940. Suite Française tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. As Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Moving on to a provincial village now occupied by German soldiers, the locals must learn to coexist with the enemy—in their town, their homes, even in their hearts.When Irène Némirovsky began working on Suite Française, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.

Ranskalainen SarjaRanskalainen Sarja by Irène Némirovsky
I keep thinking about this but I really don’t have anything to say. It’s the author’s last book written in the beginning of the Second World War before she was taken to Auschwitz where she and her husband died. If you’re at all interested in the lives of the ordinary French under Nazi occupation, you should read it.

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2 Responses to Rameau’s review archive: Ranskalainen sarja (Suite française) by Irène Némirovsky

  1. I think I would like to give it a try, despite your very short review.

    • rameau says:

      Unfortunately that happens with the good books. If I remember correctly, there were two parts and the sense I got from the notes was that she would have written a third part had she lived.

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