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.
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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.
Sandra Smith is the translator of all twelve novels by Irene Nemirovsky; a new translation of Camus L Etranger (The Outsider, Penguin UK); and The Necklace and Other Stories: Maupassant for Modern Times (Liveright). Her translation of Nemirovsky s Suite Francaise won the French-American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize for Fiction, as well as the PEN Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize. After ten years as a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, Smith now 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