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










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 [, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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