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The Life, Death, and Legacy of Irene Nemirovsky

30 May 2017 - 2:08pm -- miranda

The Life, Death, and Legacy of Irene Nemirovsky

Tuesday, May 30, 2017by JBW

Hear Susan Suleiman discuss her book The Némirovsky Question (Yale University Press, 2017) with Ann Jefferson and Daniel Lee on Monday, June 12th in an event organised by the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London in collaboration with IHR Modern French Seminar.

The Némirovsky Question (Yale University Press, 2017) explores the fraught issue of Jewish identity in the life and work of Jewish Franco-Russian novelist Irène Némirovsky, a successful novelist in 1930s Paris, who perished at Auschwitz. Forgotten for most of the postwar period, her writings shot her once again to fame in 2004 following the discovery in a suitcase of her masterwork, Suite Française. The novel was an instant bestseller and part of it was made into a film in 2015. Since Némirovsky's rediscovery, her Jewish identity - and her tortured relationship with that identity - has occasioned fierce controversy, with some critics condemning her as a ‘self-hating Jew’ due to what they consider as antisemitic stereotypes found in her earlier works.

Susan Rubin Suleiman is C. Douglas Dillon Research Professor of the Civilization of France and Research Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard, and the author of many books, including Crises of Memory and the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2006) and Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherbook (Plunkett Lake Press, 2011).

Ann Jefferson is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Oxford and recently published Genius in France: An Idea and its Uses (Princeton University Press, 2014). She is currently working on a biography of the Russian-born French novelist, Nathalie Sarraute.

Daniel Lee is Vice-Chancellor's Fellow in History at the University of Sheffield, and the author of Pétain’s Jewish Children: French Jewish Youth and the Vichy Regime (Oxford University Press, 2014). He is currently writing a book about Robert Griesinger, an SS Officer from Stuttgart.

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