Publication: Irene Nemirovsky and the Cultural Landscape of Inter-War France

Before Auschwitz: Irene Nemirovsky and the Cultural Landscape of Inter-War France
Angela Kershaw, University of Birmingham, UK

Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

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.

August 2009: 234×156: 208pp
Hb: 978-0-415-95722-9: £70.00

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