Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky

By Irène Némirovsky

A never-before-translated assortment via the bestselling writer of Suite Française

Written among 1934 and 1942, those ten gem-like tales mine a similar terrain of Némirovsky's bestselling novel Suite Française: a willing eye for the main points of social classification; the tensions among moms and daughters, husbands and other halves; the manners and mannerisms of the French bourgeoisie; questions of faith and private id. relocating from the drawing rooms of pre-war Paris to the lives of fellows and girls in wartime France, right here we discover the gorgeous paintings of a author on the top of her tragically brief occupation.

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I wish we knew what the voice was,” said Ellen. ” She felt a fleeting uneasiness. Henry waved the question away as he sat down to eat. “Something to do with the way the brain and the ears are hooked up,” he said with his mouth full. “Plenty of time to find that out. ” said Ellen. ” Henry shrugged. “I don’t think it’s God, and I don’t think it’s the Voice of America. Why not ask Confido? ” “Not according to Confido,” said Henry, standing and kissing her. “Then I guess we haven’t after all,” she said absently.

He was a tall, rustic man, ordinarily as shy as a woods creature. But something had changed him, made him fiery and loud. ” “Happiness, certainly! ” “Religion? Security, Henry? ” “You tell me, Henry. I give up,” Ellen had said helplessly. “Somebody to talk to! Somebody who really understands! ” He’d waved Confido over his head. ” Now, on the morning after, Ellen turned away from the window and gingerly slipped Confido’s earphone into her ear. She pinned the flat metal box inside her blouse and concealed the wire in her hair.

Fuzz jumped. He heard the great, echoing ka-boom of the entrance door slamming shut upstairs. He assumed that the new girl had entered the building, since not another soul in the world had any business there. It was not necessary for Fuzz to guide the new girl across the basketball court, past the bowling alleys, down the iron stairway, and over the duckboards to his office door. The buildings and grounds people had marked the way with arrows, each arrow bearing the legend GENERAL COMPANY RESPONSE SECTION, PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT.

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