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By Angela Kershaw

ISBN-10: 0203869583

ISBN-13: 9780203869581

ISBN-10: 0415957222

ISBN-13: 9780415957229

This booklet analyses Irene N?mirovsky’s literary construction in its dating to the literary and cultural context of the inter-war interval in France. It examines subject matters of important significance to our figuring out of the literary box in France within the interval, comparable to: the shut dating among politics and literature; the historic, political, cultural and private legacies of the 1st international battle; the so-called ‘crisis of the radical’ and the try and create and boost new narrative varieties; the phenomenon of Russian emigration to Paris within the wake of the Russian Revolution and Civil conflict; the probabilities for the production of a French-Jewish id and mode of writing; and the specter of fascism and the method of the second one international battle.

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102 The NRF did not consecrate Némirovsky. e. Jacques Decour) found the themes and narrative structure of David Golder conventional, and Denis Saurat dismissed Les Mouches d’automne in three sarcastic lines: ‘Sentimental. Ce qu’il y a de plus faible en Tolstoï amené à la date de 1930; à la rigueur, suffi rait à expliquer, et à justifier, la revolution russe’ (Sentimental. 103 The NRF did not review any of Némirovsky’s subsequent novels. Its silence is eloquent—the NRF was clearly of the view that the aesthetic, social, and economic values which the Némirovsky phenomenon embodied were not in accordance with its own values.

We regret that we have to suggest Madame Irène Némirovski to her as a model. Of the two, it is in fact the foreigner who best knows the secrets of our race. Hers, it is true, is quick to assimilate, as we saw very well in Madame Némirovski’s previous novel, David Golder. 143 It was not generally a feature of the reviews in Gringoire. Only the fi rst and the last reviews Gringoire published (of David Golder and of Les Chiens et les loups144) evoked the Jewish theme because of the subject matter of the novels in question.

C’est vous dire que j’y suis habituée et que je n’y pense pas. Tous les lendemains sont incertains, d’ailleurs. 108 I have lived at least half my life under the threat of revolutionary disturbances, threats which have frequently become reality. That is to say that I am used to it and I don’t think about it. In any case, you never know what tomorrow will bring. The good thing about work is that it makes you forget. Némirovky’s personal trajectory as an emigrée and therefore an enemy of the Bolshevik revolution placed her in direct opposition to the exponents of littérature engagée such as Nizan and Aragon, and to the conception of literature explored in journals such as Commune, L’Humanité, and Vendredi, and such publications generally ignored Némirovsky’s fiction.

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