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by Irene Nemirovsky

  • Author: Irene Nemirovsky
  • ISBN: 0676979661
  • ISBN13: 978-0676979664
  • ePub: 1190 kb | FB2: 1869 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: History & Criticism
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (November 13, 2007)
  • Pages: 112
  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • Votes: 333
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Le Bal ePub download

Le Bal established Némirovsky as one of the most talented and celebrated authors of her day.  . LE BAL is deceptively simple. A fourteen-year-old girl watches her parents prepare feverishly to give their first ball.

Le Bal established Némirovsky as one of the most talented and celebrated authors of her day. -The Guardian (UK). Irène Némirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903. 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, as well as the posthumous Suite Française. She died in Auschwitz in 1942. With the critical vision of youth, she sees their crassness, their nouveau riche errors of taste and judgment.

Irène Némirovsky (French: ; 24 February 1903 – 17 August 1942) was a novelist of Ukrainian Jewish origin born in Kiev Ukraine under the Russian Empire; she lived more than half her life in France, and wrote in French, but was denied.

Irène Némirovsky (French: ; 24 February 1903 – 17 August 1942) was a novelist of Ukrainian Jewish origin born in Kiev Ukraine under the Russian Empire; she lived more than half her life in France, and wrote in French, but was denied French citizenship.

Irène Némirovsky was the daughter of a Jewish banker from Moscow .

Irène Némirovsky was the daughter of a Jewish banker from Moscow, Léon Némirovsky. Her volatile and unhappy relationship with her mother became the heart of many of her novels. BAL - Le terme bal désigne aujourd’hui soit l’assemblée des danseurs qui se réunissent pour exécuter des danses, soit le lieu même où s’effectue cette réunion.

From the author of the bestselling Suite Française

From the author of the bestselling Suite Française.

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Irene Nemirovsky, Sandra Smith. From the author of the bestselling Suite Francaise. Le Bal is a sharp, brittle story of a girl who sets out to ruin the mother she hates. The Kampfs have risen swiftly up the ranks of 1930s Parisian society. Painfully aware of her working-class roots, and desperate to win acceptance, Madame Kampf decides to throw a huge ball to announce her arrival to society. Her daughter Antoinette, who has just turned fourteen, dreams of attending, but Madame Kampf is resolved not to present her daughter to potential admirers.

Francaise last year, Irène Némirovsky's British publishers have been drip feeding us new translations of her other books. After David Golder and Fire in the Blood, we now have Le Bal, containing two stories of 50 pages each. People sometimes ask me how I manage to read so many books.

Since the success of the much-lauded Suite Francaise last year, Irène Némirovsky's British publishers have been drip feeding us new translations of her other books. Stick to the hundred-pagers and you can’t go far wrong. The title story is set in 1930s Paris, in the household of the Kampf family.

Testez vos connaissances sur Le Bal d'Irène Némirovsky !Ce questionnaire de lecture sur Le Bal d'Irène Némirovsky vous aidera à :, vérifier votre compréhension du roman, faire des liens entre la réalité et la fiction.

Testez vos connaissances sur Le Bal d'Irène Némirovsky !Ce questionnaire de lecture sur Le Bal d'Irène Némirovsky vous aidera à :, vérifier votre compréhension du roman, faire des liens entre la réalité et la fiction, approfondir votre analyse de l’œuvreCette ressource comprend un questionnaire de lecture, des exercices de vocabulaire et un corrigé complet et détaillé.

From the acclaimed author of Suite Française comes Némirovsky’s third novel, a masterpiece of French literature, available for the first time in Canada.Le Bal is a penetrating and incisive book set in early twentieth century France. At its heart is the tension between mother and daughter. The nouveau-riche Kampfs, desperate to become members of the social elite, decide to throw a ball to launch themselves into high society. For selfish reasons Mrs. Kampf forbids her teenage daughter, Antoinette, to attend the ball and banishes her to the laundry room. In an unpremeditated fury of revolt and despair, Antoinette takes a swift and horrible revenge. A cruel, funny and tender examination of class differences, Le Bal describes the torments of childhood with rare accuracy.Also included in this volume is Snow in Autumn, in which Némirovsky pays homage to Chekov and chronicles the life of a devoted servant following her masters as they flee Revolutionary Moscow and emigrate to a life of hardship in Paris.
Mozel
Both books, (novellas) are well written and make fast reading. The subjects are very dark, however. It seems that this author, who herself died at Auschwitz was able to write about her grief ridden mind's pain.
Whitecaster
This acidic but amusing revenge story targets the ‘nouveau riches’ in 1926 Paris and is deeply autobiographic. These newly rich were often speculators in stocks and other valuables yearning for recognition and respect from and co-optation into the haute bourgeoisie, despite sometimes murky origins and other educational and cultural deficits. Key aspirations of their wives included great luxury, plenty of spending money, sumptuous holidays, jewelry, living at a top location, status and respect.
Antoinette (14) is the daughter of such a parvenu couple whose female half wants even more of everything: more money, a gigolo and most of all recognition, becoming part of French high society. To further her ambition, she organizes a glittering ball for 200 guests, with an orchestra, the best food and drink money can buy, a sea of plants and flower arrangements and numerous temporary servants. Precocious Antoinette also longs for an adventure of the male kind and immerses herself in plenty of daydreaming in the weeks and days ahead. But her parents forbid her sternly to attend the party. At 9 pm they send her to bed in an improvised bedroom deep inside the mansion where no sound can be heard from the party scheduled to begin at ten. Antoinette resents being treated as a child and seeks revenge…
Irène Némirovsky was a superbly-gifted writer and her early death in Auschwitz is a loss for humanity. This is a very early work, written while writing her debut “David Golder”. Thematically, re her mother’s fear of aging, her later book “Jezebel” is a companion volume to this novella. Both are great subject matter for reading clubs.
Vuzahn
Le bal is the story of a noveau riche family, the Kampfs, who are trying to fit in with the elite, upper Parisian Society. Monsieur and Madame Kampf decide to throw a magnificient ball that would put them on the map, so to speak. Mrs. Kampf and her 14 year old daughter, Antoinette have a slightly twisted relationship: the domineering mother on one side, and timid facade of an angry teenager on the other side. As the short story unfolds, the results of the strained mother-daughter relationship comes to light. A very enjoyable read, with delicate portrayals.

Snow in Autumn, the second story, tells the tale of the devoted nanny/servant, Tatiana Ivanovna, as she follows her masters who are fleeing the russian revolution. The story first takes place in the family home, in Russia, and then moves on to Odessa and finally to Paris. Through Tatiana's loving eyes, you see the change the family goes through. Despair, lost hope, grief, then starting over again and a mild throbbing feeling of finding a glimmer of hope again. Of the two stories in this book, I liked Snow in Autumn the most
Rko
This was one of Nemirovsky's first works. It was written in 1928, the year before the Wall Street crac, but published in 1930, after David Golder. It tells the story of a French nouveau riche family, the Kampfs. He is a Jewish businessman who has suddenly strike rich on currency speculation; on marrying her unbearable catholic wife he converted to catholicism (there is some stereotyping here for those willing to look at it, though it's not as on-your-face as in Golder). They decide to give a ball in order to presents themselves into high society. Her fourteen years old daughter, the vivacious but lonely Antoinette is told she will not be allowed to the ball, so while sending the invitations she suddenly plans a cruel revenge on her parents (and especially her mother). A great book, especially observant at the feelings of a wounded teenager, and at less than 90 pages, between a short story and a novella.
Qusserel
These are fairly early pieces by Irene Nemirovsky, published in 1930 and 1931, but deeply satisfying.

LE BAL is deceptively simple. A fourteen-year-old girl watches her parents prepare feverishly to give their first ball. With the critical vision of youth, she sees their crassness, their nouveau riche errors of taste and judgment. Nonetheless a ball is a ball. When she's firmly excluded from attending by her selfish mother, she doesn't take it lightly.

This story derives its resonance from Nemirovsky's own troubled relationship with her shallow, self-centered mother.

SNOW IN AUTUMN is the story of the Karine family of wealthy White Russians, told from the point of view of their faithful old servant and nanny Tatiana. The family loses almost all they possess in the Revolution of 1917, and they end up in Paris, like so many other ruined Russian exiles. We follow the effect this has on various family members, and most poignantly on Titiana.

This story paints a grim picture of the transience of life, in particular the good life. Tatiana's fate is inspired by that of Nemirovsky's devoted French governess.

(I'm gleaning these autobiographical references as I read The Life of Irene Nemirovsky by Olivier Philipponnat and Patrick Lienhardt, another important read for fans of Nemirovsky.)

Nemirovsky's style is spare yet emotional, both satiric and moving. Sandra Smith, the stellar translator of these stories and of Suite Française, considers Nemirovsky "a worthy successor to Flaubert and de Maupassant." Quite a claim, but I'm inclined to agree.

Irene Nemirovsky died at Auschwitz in 1942. Every time I read a book by her, I feel grateful that this, at least, has survived.
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