IrÃ¨ne NÃ©mirovskyâs posthumous Suite FranÃ§aise has become a publishing phenomenon, selling more than half a million copies since its publication in 2006. As those who know it are keenly aware, NÃ©mirovsky was killed by the Nazis before she had a chance to write the last three sections of what she intended to be a five-part work. As Claire Messud wrote in Bookforum, NÃ©mirovskyâs âhope in the midst of hopelessness . . . is a rare gift.â
As they were being deported to concentration camps, NÃ©mirovsky and her husband, like so many other German Jews, sent their two young daughters, then five and seven, to live under assumed identitiesâin this case in a Catholic boarding school in the south of Franceâwhich enabled them to survive the war. The younger daughter, Elisabeth Gille, became a well-known French publisher, and chronicled her wartime experiences in her own novel, Shadows of a Childhood.
Originally published long before the manuscript of Suite FranÃ§aise was discovered, Shadows of a Childhood is now available for NÃ©mirovsky fans who want to know more about the circumstances of her death and her daughtersâ survival. Gilleâs haunting novel is a moving sequel to her motherâs masterpiece and an important part of an extraordinary familyâs literary legacy.
This edition also contains The Creative Impulse: An Introduction to the Arts
About: Traces the history of the arts through the centuries, discussing developments in painting, sculpture, music, dance, theater, architecture, and literature
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