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David Golder / the Ball / Snow in Autumn / the Courilof Affair (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) [Hardcover]

Irene / Smith Nemirovsky
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15 Jan 2008 Everyman's Library (Cloth)

Readers everywhere were introduced to the work of Irène Némirovsky through the publication of her long-lost masterpiece, Suite Française. But Suite Française was only the coda to the brief yet remarkably prolific career of this nearly forgotten, magnificent novelist. Here in one volume are four of Némirovsky’s other novels–all of them newly translated by the award-winning Sandra Smith, and all, except DAVID GOLDER, available in English for the first time.

 

DAVID GOLDER is the novel that established Néirovsky’s reputation in France in 1929 when she was twenty-six. It is a novel about greed and lonliness, the story of a self-made business man, once wealthy, now suffering a breakdown as he nears the lonely end of his life. THE COURILOF AFFAIR tells the story of a Russian revolutionary living out his last days–and his recollections of his first infamous assassination. Also included are two short, gemlike novels: THE BALL, a pointed exploration of adolescence and the obsession with status among the bourgeoisie; and SNOW IN AUTUMN, an evocative tale of White Russian émigrés in Paris after the Russian Revolution.

 

Introduced by celebrated novelist Claire Messud, this collection of four spellbinding novels offers the same storytelling mastery, powerful clarity of language, and empathic grasp of human behavior that would give shape to Suite Française.

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  • Hardcover: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style (15 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307267083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307267085
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The work of a genuine artist" (Julian Barnes)

"Nemirovsky has a great gift for describing the ordinariness that surrounds catastrophes... it is this ability to conjure up people, in all their moods and foibles, their selflessness or vanity, that makes Suite Francaise so remarkable" (Literary Review) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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This collection of stories offers the same mastery of narrative, clarity of language and empathetic grasp of human behaviour that would give shape to Suite Française. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Bundle 17 Sep 2008
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I fell in love with Irene style since I first picked up her "Suite Francaise" book.When I saw this interesting bundled book holding many of her novels I was curious to check them out and boy I was not disappointed at all. I strongly recommend it to all who like me are exceptionally fascinated by this author. Pages and hours fly by without any tiresome act.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I have to thank my husband for introducing me to the work of Irene Nemirovsky and also the translator for showing such skill and care in so deftly transferring the nuances and delicate phrasing of this supreme author. David Golder was my favourite, although each story had its' own merits and atmosphere which dictated the pace and style of each story. I spent most of Christmas with my nose deeply buried in this wonderfully book - so evocative of that era.
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To my mind, Irene Nemirovsky's best work was the unfinished but now thankfully published 'Suite Francaise', as her real-life struggle during the writing of that book added a haunting aspect to the story, which itself is amazing, distressing and compelling. Irene was a fantastic writer, there is no doubt of this, but I simply enjoyed the subject matter and pace of Suite Francaise more. However if you have already read Suite Francaise then by all means you will probably enjoy these books too.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Reading 28 Feb 2008
By Ink - Published on Amazon.com
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There are many reasons for loving a book ... of course content, the manner in which the author has painted a picture for the reader, a love for the time period in which a story is set, perhaps a specific character - heaven knows - I have fallen in love with a protagonist in my younger days. With this book, aside from all the talent that the words spread on the pages, I love the book.

The paper is heavy weight - not glossy - not harsh. The ribbon bookmark reminds me of days when books were made this way ... I enjoyed reading this book because of the quality of the construction .... now on to the inside.

Nemirovsky has a way of developing the ghosts of one's past. Regardless of how well her characters do in life there seem to be parts of their beginnings that they cannot shed ... a genetic tattoo, a social ingraining that continues to come through regardless of how they change over the years.

I felt the pain of David Golder; I wanted to throw Mrs. Kampf to the dogs and delighted in the vision of little pieces of paper floating down the river; I could feel the heat of the wood burning stove and the cold of the chilling Russian wind in Snow in Autumn. Brilliantly written in simple language, if you are looking for paperback literature - this is NOT the book to read.

I am hypnotized by Nemirovsky's work and hope that you are too!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and abrasive 27 May 2008
By Isabelle M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
You get immersed right away into Nemirovskys' world. Right away with "The Ball" you get the discomfort rapport the mother and daughter have. "The Ball" is an absolute terrible tale and well rendered. Opening sentences are crucial, with "David Golder" you want to know what happens to this fellow, he is firm and refuses yet has remorse and is weak at the same time he manipulates and is manipulated. Once you let go the story about the author, we all know Irenes' terrible fate how she perished in the concentration camps, you are able to isolate and focus on her ability to write, she was not just an author, yes she published, she was a writer with a capital W. Words seem to land perfectly. A few sentences are absolutely beautiful. I stop and read again, several times over and over the same sentence to decorticate and learn to read again. How she describes lovers in bed, the intertwined legs and bodies, their shadow shown on the ceiling reveals the image of a bouquet of flowers. There is more, four short stories in this volume, but much more in her complete oeuvre, I urge any curious and avid prose lover to read and discover Irène Némirovsky.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Golder and Couriloff" seal this volume 10 May 2008
By Kenneth A. Pfeifer - Published on Amazon.com
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While not as consistently good as "Suite Francais," this volume has as its best selections David Golder and The Courilof Affair. "Golder" is intriguing in that it was used by her husband in an attempt to free her from the concentration camp. An unflattering portrait of its title character, it begins with a scene that reminded me of the opening of "Citizen Cane." The closing story will please those fond of Kafka. It is rife with issues of ethics and government. The Everyman edition is also a very handsome volume.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh insights into psychological aspects of people 6 May 2008
By Fran W. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have almost finished this book and so far it is quite a compelling, interesting,with unusually fresh and insightful glimpses into many psychological facets of the characters portrayed. Her insight and portrayal of their psyche's is one that will be forever memorable to me. I particularly liked The Ball. I can readily see a teenage girl feeling and wanting to act the way that Antoinette did to avenge her mother's cruel treatment of her. The Snow In Autumn evokes feelings of sad longing for home and the past for a refugee.All in all, a remarkable and unforgettable book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Golden Rediscovery 6 Mar 2009
By RCM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Irene Nemirovsky became a well-known author in the United States in 2006 with the posthumous publication of her novel "Suite Francaise," the last work she wrote before her untimely death in Auschwitz. The publication of the first two parts of "Suite Francaise" showcased a remarkable talent from a writer capable of capturing human nature in its most complex and conflicted forms. Yet while Nemirovsky may be a new name in today's publishing world, she was a recognized author in her day. Everyman's Library has published a collection of four short works into one volume, a brilliant testament of the talent and far-reaching scope Nemirovsky masterfully handled as an author.

"David Golder" was the novel that first established Nemirovsky's reputation in France when it was published in 1929. It is the tale of a wealthy old Jewish man, who, now that he is nearing the end of his life, is coming to terms with the greed of the world around him. He begins to realize that for all his wealth, he has always had to work to maintain a standard of living for his wife and daughter and those they entertain. Yet it has never made him happy. Before he dies, David Golder must examine his life and see if he has time to change course and fix the things he's done wrong.

Following "David Golder" are two short novellas, "The Ball" and "Snow in Autumn." "The Ball" is a quick paced gem of a story about the nouveau riche, a married couple who have raised themselves in society, but have not fully forgotten where they have come from. The mother is beastly towards her fourteen-year-old daughter and her servants, all as a means to show how far they have climbed in social stature. The mother wants to throw a ball to prove that they belong in society, but some unexpected and all too fitting events play out to put this family in its place. "Snow in Autumn" is about a wealthy Russian family forced to flee to France during the revolution, learning how to start over from nothing in a new world. It is told through the perspective of the children's nanny, who is unable to adapt to the new country and its strange weather. "Snow in Autumn" is a plaintive and sad story, its ending elegant and miserable at the same time.

The collection is capped off with "The Courilof Affair." This is another story of the Russian revolution, but told throw the eyes of a young revolutionary who has been trained to assassinate the Minister of Education. Masquerading as a doctor, the young assassin soon learns that everything is not cut and dried between who is good or bad and what is right or wrong. "The Courilof Affair" reads a bit like an espionage novel, and although its ending seems a bit rushed, it is an intriguing look at what people will do to fight for what they believe in.

The short novels collected in this edition are disparate stories, yet Nemirovsky deftly handled each as only a truly great writer could. It is a shame such a wonderful talent was destroyed, but Irene Nemirovsky's works still exist and are being rediscovered by a new generation. Besides the beauty of her words, the remarkable thing about Nemirovsky's works is their ability to speak to life in this present day. That is the mark of a master writer.
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