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Ver Max We follow the family through the Great War and the Russian Revolution as the young Hélène grows from a dreamy unhappy child into an angry young womanThrough hot summers in a fictionalised Kiev Némirovsky's own birthplace and the cruel winters of St Petersburg the would be writer Hélène blossoms. 35 Said to be her most autobiographical novel the reader first meets Helene when she is only seven The daughter of a narcissistic and extremely self involved mother and a father she loves but is himself addicted to gambling He loves his wife to the point of self delusion We follow Helene as she ages learns to hate her mother the only love in her life is from her governess Madame Rose This is a novel about the uest for revenge against the backdrop of the Great War and the Russian Revolution A novel about the dysfunction in a family and how it effects it members At last it is a novel about self realization and learning if not to forget at least to forgive Love the title of this novel and loved the very atmospheric writing ARC from publisher Elektrotechnik unhappy child into an angry young womanThrough hot summers in a fictionalised Kiev Némirovsky's own birthplace and the cruel winters of St Petersburg the would be writer Hélène blossoms. 35 Said to be her most autobiographical novel the reader first meets Helene when she is only seven The daughter of a narcissistic and extremely self involved mother and a father she loves but is himself addicted to gambling He loves his wife to the point of self delusion We follow Helene as she ages learns to hate her mother the only love in her life is from her governess Madame Rose This is a novel about the Letters of Fyodor Dostoevsky to his family and friends uest for revenge against the backdrop of the Great War and the Russian Revolution A novel about the dysfunction in a family and how it effects it members At last it is a novel about self realization and learning if not to forget at least to forgive Love the title of this novel and loved the very atmospheric writing ARC from publisher

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Despite her mother's neglect into a clear eyed observer of the life around her The Wine of Solitude is a powerful tale telling less of the end of innocence than of disillusionment; the story of an upbringing that produces a young woman as hard as a diamond prepared to wreak a shattering revenge on her moth. The Wine of Solitude is one of Jewish Ukrainian author Irène Némirovsky’s earliest novels The author whose family fled from Russia to France in 1918 was tragically killed in Auschwitz in 1942 She is best known for her book Suite Francaise a collection of her memoirs compiled by her daughters which was first published in 2004 The Wine of Solitude opens with the character of eight year old Hélène Karol an only child who lives with her parents grandmother and governess in a tiny town in the Ukraine a ‘sleepy provincial town lost deep within Russia’ Through Némirovsky’s careful prose we get to know the characters almost immediately These range from kind and gentle governess Mademoiselle Rose to Hélène’s grandmother ‘only fifty but she looked so old so weary’ Hélène’s own childish thoughts have been woven throughout the story and as such the reader feels such sympathy for her The animosity within her family becomes fiercer as her story progresses Her mother sees her as ‘a living reproach an embarrassment’ and she is described as an ‘impatient ungrateful deeply irritated child’ Némirovsky portrays the way in which ‘whenever she opened her mouth everyone eyed her scornfully’ incredibly sensitively sharing the reader’s anguish for Hélène’s plightIt is made clear to the reader that her family life is far from ideal Her mother Bella is preoccupied with reading about the latest fashions than being kind to her daughter and her father Boris perceived by Bella’s family as an ‘insignificant little Jew’ is a uiet presence who often works away from home The only fondness in Hélène’s heart is for her father ‘She felt related and close to him alone part of his flesh and blood sharing his soul his strength his weaknesses’ Her mother on the other hand both revered and loathed is described as ‘a tall shapely woman of “regal bearing” and with a tendency to plumpness which she fought by using corsets’ She is given animalistic characteristics throughout ranging from her ‘claw like nails’ to her rather savage actions ‘In the rare moments when she displayed any maternal affection her nails almost always scratched Hélène’s bare arm or face’ Boris and Bella are forever suabbling with one another ‘their uarrel was constantly interrupted by sudden moments of calm when they paused to gather their strength in order better to rip each other apart’ Only Rose and Hélène are kindred spirits finding refuge and solace in one another’s companyThe descriptions from the outset are wonderful The wind which blows into Hélène’s hometown from Asia ‘filled the air with a howl that faded as it disappeared towards the west’ and ‘the pale sky was like a crystal ball with the glowing traces of a pink fire at its heart’ The entire novel is incredibly well built up from its descriptions to its characters The Wine of Solitude is extremely evocative of the places and period in which it is set from St Petersburg to Paris and from Finland to rural France The different sections of the novel all encompass one or two of these settings the descriptions of which are perfectly balanced and really build up a picture of each city or tiny town in the mind of the readerSandra Smith’s translation of The Wine of Solitude is faultless She captures the turns of phrase from the original text incredibly well never losing any of the original details of the story or of the wonderful descriptions The human psyche has been portrayed incredibly well and so poignantly by both author and translator and we follow Hélène’s formative years to several different countries as she falls in and out of love and loses her innocenceFirst published in 1935 The Wine of Solitude feels wonderfully contemporary The novel is both intriguing and engrossing and the characters and varied settings are wonderfully constructed It is certainly one of Némirovsky’s finest novels one which has been perfectly realised and is written with such tenderness and compassion for its young protagonist The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes upbringing that produces a young woman as hard as a diamond prepared to wreak a shattering revenge on her moth. The Wine of Solitude is one of Jewish Ukrainian author Irène Némirovsky’s earliest novels The author whose family fled from Russia to France in 1918 was tragically killed in Auschwitz in 1942 She is best known for her book Suite Francaise a collection of her memoirs compiled by her daughters which was first published in 2004 The Wine of Solitude opens with the character of eight year old Hélène Karol an only child who lives with her parents grandmother and governess in a tiny town in the Ukraine a ‘sleepy provincial town lost deep within Russia’ Through Némirovsky’s careful prose we get to know the characters almost immediately These range from kind and gentle governess Mademoiselle Rose to Hélène’s grandmother ‘only fifty but she looked so old so weary’ Hélène’s own childish thoughts have been woven throughout the story and as such the reader feels such sympathy for her The animosity within her family becomes fiercer as her story progresses Her mother sees her as ‘a living reproach an embarrassment’ and she is described as an ‘impatient Price of Privilege ungrateful deeply irritated child’ Némirovsky portrays the way in which ‘whenever she opened her mouth everyone eyed her scornfully’ incredibly sensitively sharing the reader’s anguish for Hélène’s plightIt is made clear to the reader that her family life is far from ideal Her mother Bella is preoccupied with reading about the latest fashions than being kind to her daughter and her father Boris perceived by Bella’s family as an ‘insignificant little Jew’ is a The Apprentice uiet presence who often works away from home The only fondness in Hélène’s heart is for her father ‘She felt related and close to him alone part of his flesh and blood sharing his soul his strength his weaknesses’ Her mother on the other hand both revered and loathed is described as ‘a tall shapely woman of “regal bearing” and with a tendency to plumpness which she fought by Pius XII en de vernietiging van de Joden using corsets’ She is given animalistic characteristics throughout ranging from her ‘claw like nails’ to her rather savage actions ‘In the rare moments when she displayed any maternal affection her nails almost always scratched Hélène’s bare arm or face’ Boris and Bella are forever suabbling with one another ‘their Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots uarrel was constantly interrupted by sudden moments of calm when they paused to gather their strength in order better to rip each other apart’ Only Rose and Hélène are kindred spirits finding refuge and solace in one another’s companyThe descriptions from the outset are wonderful The wind which blows into Hélène’s hometown from Asia ‘filled the air with a howl that faded as it disappeared towards the west’ and ‘the pale sky was like a crystal ball with the glowing traces of a pink fire at its heart’ The entire novel is incredibly well built The Easter Rabbit's Parade up from its descriptions to its characters The Wine of Solitude is extremely evocative of the places and period in which it is set from St Petersburg to Paris and from Finland to rural France The different sections of the novel all encompass one or two of these settings the descriptions of which are perfectly balanced and really build A Transnational Poetics up a picture of each city or tiny town in the mind of the readerSandra Smith’s translation of The Wine of Solitude is faultless She captures the turns of phrase from the original text incredibly well never losing any of the original details of the story or of the wonderful descriptions The human psyche has been portrayed incredibly well and so poignantly by both author and translator and we follow Hélène’s formative years to several different countries as she falls in and out of love and loses her innocenceFirst published in 1935 The Wine of Solitude feels wonderfully contemporary The novel is both intriguing and engrossing and the characters and varied settings are wonderfully constructed It is certainly one of Némirovsky’s finest novels one which has been perfectly realised and is written with such tenderness and compassion for its young protagonist

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Introspective intense and poignant The Wine of Solitude is the most autobiographical of all Irène Némirovsky's novels now available in English for the first timeImbued with melancholy and regret it explores the troubled relationship between a young girl her distant self absorbed mother and her mother's lo. This is my fourth book by Irene Nemirovsky the others are Suite Française Fire in the Blood and David Golder She was born in 1903 – about the time of the young girl in this story and this book is considered Nemirovsky’s most autobiographical novel Spoilers BelowA young girl grows up in a Jewish family in Kiev before the Russian Revolution The young girl hates her domineering self centered mother who only scolds and denigrates her She wants to be French like her nanny She’s an only child in a household that includes a grandmother and grandfather cook maids and the nannyHer father is loving but distant and consumed by business She’s appalled by the conversation her father has with business men at dinner wolfing down their food without even knowing what it is She parodies their table talk something like this “petrol; millions; buy buy; millions; pipelines millions sell sell; ships millions” When the conversation touches on the Russian Revolution and rumors of war the talk turns to how to profit from the war and includes talk of bribery of officialsWhile her father is obsessed by business her mother takes a young lover who is a constant fixture in the house As the girl matures and comes to understand what is going on she can’t stand the daily hypocrisy of mother and lover pretending noting is going on and the father sharing in the pretense and ignoring it all She writes “There is no virtue no love in the world Every household is the same In every family there is nothing but greed lies and mutual misunderstanding”But her father’s business goes well The family becomes noveau riche buying books by the yard she’s the only one who reads any and silver by weight with other families’ monograms on them There is no mention of observance of Jewish religious customs in the family and in fact her French nanny takes her to daily mass at a French church This is probably paralleling Nemirovsky’s life although her non observance of Jewish customs did not save her or her husband from death in the concentration camps The Revolution hits The family moves from Kiev to St Petersburg But it’s from the frying pan into the fire from here the young girl can see gun fighting and executions out of her bedroom window They cross the border into rural Finland where they live for a while in a communal group Russians Jews and non Jews The girl now 15 spends all her days outdoors skiing and sledding alone with a 30 year old married man Neither his wife nor her mother mind or even seem to notice But the young girl learns her power of attraction to men They move to Helsinki and later Paris where now 16 she develops the idea of revenge upon her mother for ruining her childhood she will attempt to steal away her mother's loverWe have a lot of great nature writing that reminds me of both Nabokov and Woolf A sample “A hazy reddish light lingered low in the sky; the wind brought the smell of the Ukrainian plains to the city a mild yet bitter scent of smoke cold water and rushes that grew along the riverbanks The wind blew in from Asiait brought with it whirls of yellow dust that cracked between the teeth; it was dry and biting; it filled the air with a howl that faded as it disappeared towards the west Then all was calm The setting sun pale and dull veiled behind whitish clouds sank deep into the river” There’s also a nature theme in the seasons the hot Kiev summer; winter in St Petersburg and Finland and of course springtime in Paris A good read Translated from the French although Nemirovsky also wrote in Russian What a tragic loss her murder was to the literary world photo of Kiev around 1910 from chesscomphoto of Helsinki in winter from visithelsinkifi MacArthur: America's General (The Generals Series) up in a Jewish family in Kiev before the Russian Revolution The young girl hates her domineering self centered mother who only scolds and denigrates her She wants to be French like her nanny She’s an only child in a household that includes a grandmother and grandfather cook maids and the nannyHer father is loving but distant and consumed by business She’s appalled by the conversation her father has with business men at dinner wolfing down their food without even knowing what it is She parodies their table talk something like this “petrol; millions; buy buy; millions; pipelines millions sell sell; ships millions” When the conversation touches on the Russian Revolution and rumors of war the talk turns to how to profit from the war and includes talk of bribery of officialsWhile her father is obsessed by business her mother takes a young lover who is a constant fixture in the house As the girl matures and comes to Es war einmal ein Mord understand what is going on she can’t stand the daily hypocrisy of mother and lover pretending noting is going on and the father sharing in the pretense and ignoring it all She writes “There is no virtue no love in the world Every household is the same In every family there is nothing but greed lies and mutual misunderstanding”But her father’s business goes well The family becomes noveau riche buying books by the yard she’s the only one who reads any and silver by weight with other families’ monograms on them There is no mention of observance of Jewish religious customs in the family and in fact her French nanny takes her to daily mass at a French church This is probably paralleling Nemirovsky’s life although her non observance of Jewish customs did not save her or her husband from death in the concentration camps The Revolution hits The family moves from Kiev to St Petersburg But it’s from the frying pan into the fire from here the young girl can see gun fighting and executions out of her bedroom window They cross the border into rural Finland where they live for a while in a communal group Russians Jews and non Jews The girl now 15 spends all her days outdoors skiing and sledding alone with a 30 year old married man Neither his wife nor her mother mind or even seem to notice But the young girl learns her power of attraction to men They move to Helsinki and later Paris where now 16 she develops the idea of revenge Bruder Kemal upon her mother for ruining her childhood she will attempt to steal away her mother's loverWe have a lot of great nature writing that reminds me of both Nabokov and Woolf A sample “A hazy reddish light lingered low in the sky; the wind brought the smell of the Ukrainian plains to the city a mild yet bitter scent of smoke cold water and rushes that grew along the riverbanks The wind blew in from Asiait brought with it whirls of yellow dust that cracked between the teeth; it was dry and biting; it filled the air with a howl that faded as it disappeared towards the west Then all was calm The setting sun pale and dull veiled behind whitish clouds sank deep into the river” There’s also a nature theme in the seasons the hot Kiev summer; winter in St Petersburg and Finland and of course springtime in Paris A good read Translated from the French although Nemirovsky also wrote in Russian What a tragic loss her murder was to the literary world photo of Kiev around 1910 from chesscomphoto of Helsinki in winter from visithelsinkifi