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, author of David Golder, Le Bal and other works published in her lifetime or soon after, as well as the posthumous Suite Française and Fire in the Blood. In July 1942 she was arrested by the French police and interned in Pithiviers concentration camp, and from there immediately deported to Auschwitz where she died in August 1942.