Irène Némirovsky

Marta Laura Cenedese (University of Turku)
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Irène Némirovsky was a Francophone novelist and short story writer. Born in Tsarist Russia, she escaped the Bolshevik revolution and settled in Paris as a teenager. Her breakthrough novel was

David Golder

, which appeared in 1929; throughout the thirties she published many successful novels, among which

Le Vin de solitude

[

The Wine of Solitude

]

, Jézabel

[

Jezebel

],

Deux

[

Two

]

,

and

Les Chiens et les loups

[

The Dogs and the Wolves

]

.

She also wrote many short stories, which appeared in various magazines such as

Marianne, Gringoire, Candide, La Revue des Deux Mondes

, and

La Nouvelle Revue Française

. As a stateless person of Jewish confession she became prey of the anti-Jewish rulings that were introduced during the German Occupation of France, and in July 1942 she was deported to Auschwitz,…

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Citation: Cenedese, Marta Laura. "Irène Némirovsky". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 July 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13487, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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