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It’s a good not very long story. She did not shun or pretend about Life but bit the hard bullet of Reality.

The Courilof Affair by Irène Némirovsky

Siamo a ridosso della Rivoluzione di Ottobre, in quegli anni di grande fermento che la precedono: Written inFire in the Blood — only now assembled in its entirety — teems with the intertwined lives of an insular French village in the years before the war, when “peace” was less important as a political state than as a coveted personal condition: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

As Nemirovsky does so marvellously in all of her books, she challenges perceptions throughout. Through Silvio, the reader is brought into the heart of a small and rural community as though a member him or herself: Bello, molto bello questo libro.

The book is translated from the French and it has several introductory pieces including the preface to the first French edition. In order to carry out his mission he has to gain entry to Courilof’s household and as soon as he does Leon M is an old Russian Revolutionary – he was, as he says, born into the Party – both his parents were revolutionaries and after the death of his mother he was brought up by the local revolutionary committee. A young husband has likely been m Who knew that rural France around the time of WW II was such a hotbed of marital infidelity?


To burn, to be consumed, to devour our days just as fire devours the forest. View all 27 comments.

Her descriptions are reminiscent of Katherine Mansfield’s in their vivid snapshots of irebe and clarity. Now he has come home to roost in a hovel near a small French village.

Jun 09, Connie rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 24, Laurel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is the story of a second-generation terrorist, a boy who has seen his father deported and his mum die of untreated tuberculosis in the service of the revolution. Bello, molto; cupo, cupissimo. Every detail is vital, which is why it took me days to read such a slim volume.

She was a Russian Jew that grew up in Kiev and spent a year in Finland before the family made their way to France to escape the Russian revolution. Aug 15, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: Sometimes, I find myself trying to justify people’s evilness and The Courilof Affair helped me to a great extent.

About ten years ago I took a course in French Women Writers in translation. I’d say leave it at the first part of her book and applaud her. Jul 23, Tim rated it it nemirogsky amazing Shelves: Leon comes to see there are two sides to the coin, that even his own hatred can be tempered as he sees there is much more to his victim than nemirovdky could have imagined.

Was his wife in on it? La France Profonde laid out on the butcher’s slab with its entrails still warm! But all the same, as long as we are on this earth, we have to play the game. See 1 question about The Courilof Affair….

Set in pre-revolution Russia, it is the memoir of an assassin, sent to kill the Minister of Education.

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But over the course of his stay he is made privy to the inner world of the man he must kill – his failing health, his troubled domestic situation and, most importantly, the tyrannical grip that the Czar himself holds over all his Ministers, forcing them to obey nemkrovsky or suffer the most deadly punishments.


But this fit in beautifully with what I read and loved before.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. At the center of the novel is Silvio, who has returned to this small town after years away. And who is just? After an unhappy marriage to a well-connected woman whose friends secured his political career, Courilof has taken the bold step of marrying his French mistress, a former actress and high-class prostitute who is utterly devoted to him.

He is itene into the Minister’s house as a personal physician while awaiting instructions.

Una fiammata che travolge ogni cosa nel giro di pochi mesi, pochi giorni, a volte poche ore; poi si spegne. I think this paragraph sums it up: Thanks for telling us about the problem. No matter how rich they are, they refuse pleasure, even happiness, with implacable determination, wary perhaps of its deceptive promise’.

Jan 23, sage rated it really liked it Shelves: Sandra Smith, who was responsible for rendering the novel into English, has done a wonderful job.

Hardcoverpages. The fiery sunset promised a strong wind the next day; the crows were cawing.

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It was not published until after the missing manuscript was found. The setting and the characters are really brought to life. It’s df sobering story, but not something to relish and reread. Then you see how much damage has been done. This, however, reads like a very boring daily journal. Petersburg just after feels very authentic and the plot which is modelled after history seems very realistic.