Before Auschwitz: Irène Némirovsky and the Cultural Landscape of Inter-war France

1st Edition

Angela Kershaw

Routledge
Published January 6, 2011
Reference - 234 Pages
ISBN 9780415891035 - CAT# Y116083
Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

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Summary

This book analyses Irene Némirovsky’s literary production in its relationship to the literary and cultural context of the inter-war period in France. It examines topics of central importance to our understanding of the literary field in France in the period, such as: the close relationship between politics and literature; the historical, political, cultural and personal legacies of the First World War; the so-called ‘crisis of the novel’ and the attempt to create and develop new narrative forms; the phenomenon of Russian emigration to Paris in the wake of the Russian Revolution and Civil War; the possibilities for the creation of a French-Jewish identity and mode of writing; and the threat of fascism and the approach of the Second World War.

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