The Fires Of Autumn

Paperback | September 22, 2015

byIrene NemirovskyTranslated bySandra Smith

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The prequel to the internationally bestselling novel Suite Française: a coruscating, powerful story about one man's rise and fall and the brutal impact of war.
     The Fires of Autumn was written in the last two years of Irène Némirovsky's life, after she fled Paris in 1940. The prequel to her masterpiece, Suite Française, it is a panoramic exploration of French life and a witness to the greatest horrors of the twentieth century. 
     After four years of bloody warfare Bernard Jacquelain returns from the trenches a changed man. No more the naïve hopes and dreams of the teenager who went to war. Attracted by the lure of money and success, Bernard embarks on a life of luxuriant delinquency supported by suspect financial dealings and easy virtue. Yet when his lover throws him off, he turns to a wholesome childhood friend for comfort. For ten years he lives the good bourgeois life, but as another war threatens everything Bernard had clung to starts to crumble, and the future for his marriage and for France looks terribly uncertain.
     First published posthumously in France in 1957, The Fires of Autumn is a coruscating, tragic evocation of the reality of war and its dirty aftermath, and the ugly colour it can turn a man's soul.

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The prequel to the internationally bestselling novel Suite Française: a coruscating, powerful story about one man's rise and fall and the brutal impact of war.     The Fires of Autumn was written in the last two years of Irène Némirovsky's life, after she fled Paris in 1940. The prequel to her masterpiece, Suite Française, it is a pano...

IRÈNE NÉMIROVSKY was born in Kiev in 1903, the daughter of a successful Jewish banker. In 1918 her family fled the Russian Revolution for France where she became a bestselling novelist, author of David Golder, All Our Worldly Goods, The Dogs and the Wolves and other works published in her lifetime or soon after, such as the posthumousl...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.76 inPublished:September 22, 2015Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099520362

ISBN - 13:9780099520368

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• "To say this is a "disturbing" novel is to simplify the response it arouses. One puts it down with unqualified admiration and a shudder of the mind." --John Sutherland, The Times