In haunting ways, this gorgeous novel prefigures Irene Nemirovsky's masterpiece "Suite Francaise." Set in France between 1910 and 1940 and first published in France in 1947, five years after the author's death, "All Our Worldly Goods "is a gripping story of war, family life and star-crossed lovers. Pierre and Agnes marry for love against the wishes of his parents and his grandfather, the tyrannical family patriarch. Their marriage provokes a family feud that cascades down the generations. This brilliant novel is full of drama, heartbreak, and the telling observations that have made Nemirovsky's work so beloved and admired.
About the Author
Nee en 1903 a Kiev, Irene Nemirovsky connait le succesdes son premier roman, David Golder (1929), puis avec LeBal (1930). En juin 1940, elle se refugie dans un village duMorvan avant d etre arretee par les gendarmes francais, puis assassinee a Auschwitz, l ete 1942. Agee de treizeans, sa fille ainee, Denise, emporte dans sa fuite une valisecontenant une relique douloureuse: le manuscrit ultime desa mere, Suite francaise, inedit jusqu en 2004, qui obtint atitre posthume le prix Renaudot.
—A.S. Byatt, The Guardian
“A slender, elegant book which displays an unbroken respect for the resilience of the human spirit.”
—The Daily Mail
“Poignant. . . . A delicate and subtle study of lives swept up by forces beyond their control or understanding.”
“A remarkable novel. . . . Némirovsky’s voice, compassionate yet always shrewd, with its sharp portrait of France at war and during the optimistic and confused twenties and early thirties, is always distinctive.”