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Suite Francaise

Irene Nemirovsky

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By the early l940s, when Ukrainian-born Irène Némirovsky began working on what would become Suite Française-the first two parts of a planned five-part novel-she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz: a month later she was dead at the age of thirty-nine. Two years earlier, living in a small village in central France-where she, her husband, and their two small daughters had fled in a vain attempt to elude the Nazis-she'd begun her novel, a luminous portrayal of a human drama in which she herself would become a victim. When she was arrested, she had completed two parts of the epic, the handwritten manuscripts of which were hidden in a suitcase that her daughters would take with them into hiding and eventually into freedom. Sixty-four years later, at long last, we can read Némirovsky's literary masterpiece The first part, "A Storm in June," opens in the chaos of the massive 1940 exodus from Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion during which several families and individuals are thrown together under circumstances beyond their control. They share nothing but the harsh demands of survival-some trying to maintain lives of privilege, others struggling simply to preserve their lives-but soon, all together, they will be forced to face the awful exigencies of physical and emotional displacement, and the annihilation of the world they know. In the second part, "Dolce," we enter the increasingly complex life of a German-occupied provincial village. Coexisting uneasily with the soldiers billeted among them, the villagers-from aristocrats to shopkeepers to peasants-cope as best they can. Some choose resistance, others collaboration, and as their community is transformed by these acts, the lives of these these men and women reveal nothing less than the very essence of humanity. Suite Française is a singularly piercing evocation-at once subtle and severe, deeply compassionate and fiercely ironic-of life and death in occupied France,

Language:

English

Narrators:

Daniel Oreskes, Barbara Rosenblat

Length:

13h 15m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:15


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:56


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:57


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:35


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:46


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:33


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:03


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:03


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:54


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:45


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:58


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:57


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:25


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:28


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:48


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:10


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:02


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:14


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:05


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:57


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:33


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:18


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:35


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:04


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:20


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:47


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:36


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:39


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:53


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:23


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:41


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:21


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:11


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:26


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:48


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:15


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:25


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:53


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:41


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:34


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:00


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:03


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:26


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:28


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:33


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:49


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:52


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:53


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:07


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:04


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:32


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:22


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:25


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:40


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:50


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:44


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:46


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:49


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:42


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:26


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:58


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:02


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:53


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:46


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:43


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:36


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:31


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:55


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:23


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:39


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:47


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:36


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:58


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:20


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:54


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:01


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:57


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:11


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:50


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:46


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:00


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:35


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:08


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:23


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:17


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:57


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:01


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:33


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:00


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:19


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:26


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:58


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:51


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:09


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:10


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:46


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:03


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:01


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

06:27


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

06:39