Introspective and poignant, "The Wine of Solitude" is the most autobiographical of all of the novels from the celebrated author of "Suite FranCaise."
Beginning in a fictionalized Kiev, "The Wine of Solitude" follows the Karol family through the Great War and the Russian Revolution, as the young HElEne grows from a dreamy, unhappy child into a strongwilled young woman. From the hot Kiev summers to the cruel winters of St Petersburg and eventually to springtime in Paris, the would-be writer HElEne blossoms, despite her mother's neglect, into a clear-eyed observer of the life around her. Here is a powerful tale of 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.
A Vintage Paperback Original.
About the Author
Irene Nemirovsky est ecrivain.
Sandra Smith is the translator of Camus s The Stranger and Nemirovsky s Suite Francaise, which won her the French American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize and the PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club Translation Prize. She lives in New York.
Praise for The Wine of Solitude:
"A precocity and acuity of perception shine through."
—The New Yorker
“Wonderfully atmospheric . . . . Némirovsky evokes the places of her childhood with a sensuous clarity that shows how much she learned from Tolstoy and Proust. . . . A captivating and searingly honest portrait of the artist as a young woman.”
—The Guardian (London)
“Strangely haunting . . . . Profound, exquisitely wrought. . . . A pitch-perfect evocation of adult duplicity.”
—The Independent (London)
"Fiercely brave. . . . [Here is] the birth of a writer, shaped by war and revolution, told with the devastating cynicism of a young woman in a corrupt and greedy social world, where mothers openly flaunt their lovers and children are humored and ignored. . . . The characters are multidimensional."
“Breathtaking. . . . Némirovsky’s powers of social observation, [her] implacable eye for the nuances of human conduct . . . make The Wine of Solitude so memorable.”
—The Financial Times
Praise for Irène Némirovsky:
“Extraordinary. . . . Némirovsky achieve[s] her penetrating insights with Flaubertian objectivity.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“Stunning. . . . [Némirovsky] wrote, for all to read at last, some of the greatest, most humane and inclusive fiction that conflict has produced.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Némirovsky’s scope is like that of Tolstoy: She sees the fullness of humanity and its tenuous arrangements and manages to put them together with a tone that is affectionate, patient, and relentlessly honest.”
—O: The Oprah Magazine