NEMIROVSKY, IRENE

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NEMIROVSKY, IRENE - Extremely Rare ALS by the Controversial Ukrainian-Jewish Author and Holocaust Victim; author of 'Suite francaise'
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NEMIROVSKY, IRENE - Extremely Rare ALS by the Controversial Ukrainian-Jewish Author and Holocaust Victim; author of 'Suite francaise'

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NEMIROVSKY, IRENE. (1903-1942). Ukrainian-Jewish author best known for Le Vin de solitude and her posthumously published Suite française. ALS. (“Irene Nemirovsky”). 1½pp. 8vo. Paris, November 25, 1933. Written on her monogrammed stationery (“IE,” Irene Epstein). To Mr. Thibaut at the Paris Review.

 

It pleased me very much to learn that my name will figure among those of the collaborators on your review. However, I must tell you that I am with Albin Michel, and that, according to my contract, I cannot have one of my novels in another publication without his consent. In any case, I will drop in and see you one of these days to explain all of this to you…”

 

Nemirovsky fled Russia with her family at the age of 18, following the 1917 revolution. They eventually settled in Paris, where, after attending the Sorbonne, Nemirovsky published her successful 1929 novel David Golder, which was made into a movie the following year. A second novel, Le Bal, followed and also became a motion picture. Her novels explored the relationship between parents and children and were widely accepted as serious literary works. Among her other popular, autobiographical novels is Le Vin de Solitude, published in 1935.

 

In 1938, Nemirovsky was denied French citizenship. The following year she converted to Catholicism and, soon after, began to write for several extreme nationalist periodicals. Several of her biographers have criticized her negative depiction of her Jewish characters, describing her as a “self-hating Jew.” Nonetheless, because of her Jewish heritage and lack of French citizenship, Nemirovsky was arrested and transported to Auschwitz in 1942, where she perished at the age of 39. Her daughters, who survived, preserved Nemirovsky’s notebooks, and several of her works were published posthumously in 2004 under the title Suite française, two novellas which Nemirovsky had planned as part of a five-part series.

 

Our letter, written to an editor at the esteemed literary magazine, Paris Review, mentions her publisher Éditions Albin Michel.

 

Folded once and in very good condition. Accompanied by the original envelope bearing a handwritten return address. Very rare – the only example we have ever seen offered for sale.

 

 

$2,500


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