Irène Némirovsky

The Fires of Autumn
  • The Fires of Autumn

  • The prequel to the bestselling Suite Française

    Paris 1918, Bernard Jacquelain returns from the trenches a changed man.

    The city is a whirl of decadence and corruption and he embarks on a life of parties and shady business dealings, as well as an illicit affair.

    But as another war threatens, everything around him starts to crumble, and the future for him and for France suddenly looks dangerously uncertain.

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 . She was prevented from publishing when the Germans occupied France and moved with her husband and two small daughters from Paris to the safety of the small village of Issy-l'Evêque (in German occupied territory). It was here that Irène began writing Suite Française. She died in Auschwitz in 1942. Sandra Smith has translated twelve novels by Irène Némirovsky as well as a new translation of Camus’ The Outsider. Némirovsky’s Suite Française won her the French American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation Prize and The PEN Translation Prize. Five of her translations have been adapted as radio plays and broadcast on the BBC. Suite Française is the first to become a film.