About the Author
IRENE NEMIROVSKY was born in Kiev in 1903, the daughter of a wealthy Jewish banker. She and her family fled Russia in 1918 and arrived in France the following year. Educated at the Sorbonne, well-connected and multilingual, she lived a privileged emigre life and became one of the most celebrated authors of her day. Nemirovsky published five novels before being arrested by the Vichy government.
Laure Adler is a historian and journalist who served as a cultural adviser to the Office of the French Presidency from 1989 to 1992. She is the author of numerous books, including "L'amour a l'arsenic: histoirede Marie Lafarge," "Les femmes politiques," and "L'annee des adieux,"
Anne-Marie Glasheen's translations include two collections of plays by contemporary playwrights and seveal novel, most notably "Oedipus on the Road" by Henry Bauchau. She is a past Chair of the Translators Association, and in 1998 she was awarded the literary translation prize by the Communaute francaise de Belgique.