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Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: L’inconnu (The Unknown Soldier)

The Unknown Soldier is another favorite of mine in Dimanche and Other Stories. Set during WWII following the German invasion of Belgium, the story takes place at a railway station in France, where two French soldiers, Claude and Francois who had come home for their sister’s wedding are waiting to return to the front. While […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: La confidente (The Devoted Friend)

In The Devoted Friend, we have Roger Dange, a recent widow, and an esteemed singer visiting his late wife’s friend. We learn while Roger Dange was away performing in Mexico, his wife Florence met with an accident and succumbed to the injuries. Florence at the time had been staying with her childhood friend, Camille Cousin. At […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irene Nemirovsky: Monsieur Rose

Just like Hugo Grayer in The Onlooker, Monsieur Rose is an aloof, self-involved man. Sensing the impending war, Monsieur Rose had saved his wealth in time without suffering losses. However, unfortunately he had stayed in Paris until it’s too late to escape the city safely. So Monsieur Rose is about Rose’s exodus along with other […]

2017: Year in Review

2017 was a good reading year for me. I planned on reading 52 books, but ended up reading 71! 😀 I wasn’t able to meet all the goals I set for myself though. But I think I completed at least 90% of it, which is good enough. My biggest project was reading Irène Némirovsky’s works. I […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Le Spectateur (The Onlooker)

The Onlooker is the story of a prosperous gentleman fleeing Paris in advance of the German soldiers during WWII. The gentleman in question is Hugo Grayer. Hugo was born in the United States to a Scandinavian father and an Italian mother. But Hugo had become a citizen of Uruguay where he possessed a considerable fortune. […]

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

I saved Suite Française, the novel that revived the world’s interest in Irène Némirovsky when it was published close to six decades after her death, for last. Suite Française is the first two parts of what is considered Némirovsky’s masterpiece; a five-part novel she had in mind that would have taken the model of Beethoven’s […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Le sortilège (The Spell)

Now this is a story I did not understand! In The Spell, we are presented with a first-person narrative, and according to Persephone’s suggestion, the story is based on a Ukranian family Némirovsky used to visit when she was eight. The family Némirovsky visited with her aunt and nursemaid was a very hospitable one. Day […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: La femme de don Juan (Wife to Don Juan)

Another winner from the collection Dimanche and Other Stories! I usually enjoy epistolary works and Wife to Don Juan which takes the form of one lengthy letter written by Clémence on her deathbed is to be sent to “Mademoiselle” Monique. Clémence was once a chambermaid to Monique’s parents, but it has been years since Clémence left […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Fraternité (Brotherhood)

In Fraternité, the main protagonist, Christian Rabinovitch is an old Jewish man. Although wealthy, he is a reserved man, and his wife’s death ten years ago has affected him profoundly. His marriage had brought him a “feeling of stability and peace in and around him,” and now without his wife as his anchor, he feels […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Liens Du Sang (Flesh and Blood)

In Flesh and Blood, the Demestres have a weekly family dinner every Sunday. These dinners are held at the widowed matriarch’s house, and attended by her three grown sons; Albert, Augustin, and Alain, their spouses; Sabine, Claire, and Alix, and her divorced daughter, Mariette. For their mother, Anna, these family dinners are a way to […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Les Rivages Heureux (Those Happy Shores)

It’s new year’s eve, and Christiane, an elegant, radiant woman of twenty-two is out at a ball with her mother, Madame Boehmer. Christiane has a good time at the ball, for she is a woman “who views the world as a mirror in which she sees only her own image, made lovelier by the interest […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Dimanche (Sunday)

Dimanche and Other Stories is a book that I have been looking forward to reading as a part of my Irène Némirovsky Year-Long project. During her lifetime Némirovsky wrote over thirty short stories, and ten of her stories are included in Persephone Book #87. Dimanche, the title story, juxtaposes a mother and a daughter’s experiences […]

Fire in the Blood by Irène Némirovsky

Fire in the Blood‘s narrator, Silvio leads a quiet life in a small farming village in France. He had spent his youth traveling the world with his string of exotic lovers, but now he is old and lives by himself. The novella begins with a visit paid to Silvio by Helen, his distant cousin, with […]

The Fires of Autumn by Irène Némirovsky

In 1914 when WWI is declared, Bernard Jacquelain is only a young boy of seventeen. He is full of patriotism, and in the naive belief that the war would end in three months he voluntarily joins the war to fight for the honor of France. But three months turn into four years, and when Bernard […]

All Our Worldly Goods by Irène Némirovsky

All Our Worldly Goods is a story of love; love that comes in many forms. It begins with the romance between Pierre and Agnes, who were next door neighbors growing up in the provincial town of Saint-Elme in France. Their love and commitment to each other get tested very early on, as Pierre’s industrious, tyrannical […]