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Dimanche and Other Stories (Vintage International) Paperback – April 6, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Vintage International
  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307476367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307476364
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Luminous. . . . These accomplished tales create worlds full of secrets and treacheries. . . . “Flesh and Blood” is a masterpiece of familial subterfuge. . . . In this superlative translation, Némirovsky’s characters emerge full-fleshed, and her voice remains timeless and relevant.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Irène Némirovsky

“Extraordinary. . . . Némirovsky achieve[s] her penetrating insights with Flaubertian objectivity.”
The Washington Post Book World
 
“Stunning. . . . [Némirovsky] wrote, for all to read at last, some of the greatest, most humane and incisive fiction that conflict has produced.”
The New York Times Book Review
 
“Némirovsky’s scope is like that of Tolstoy: She sees the fullness of humanity and its tenuous arrangements and manages to put them together with a tone that is affectionate, patient, and relentlessly honest.”
O: The Oprah Magazine

About the Author

Irène Némirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903 into a wealthy banking family and emigrated to France during the Russian Revolution. After attending the Sorbonne in Paris she began to write and swiftly achieved success with David Golder, which was followed by more than a dozen other books. Throughout her lifetime she published widely in French newspapers and literary journals. She died in Auschwitz in 1942. More than sixty years later, Suite Française, was published posthumously, for the first time, in 2006.

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I actually listened to the CD version while commuting, and highly recommend it!
Ludmila Melchior-Yahil
Her great talent is to dissect,sometimes in very short and precise sentences,what her figures are thinking and their motivations.
Paul Gelman
Dimanche and Other Stories is a collection of ten stories, some very short, some much longer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Roberts on May 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
There is a restraint in these stories that reminds me of John Cheever. Nemirovsky aims exactly right for the short story form: simple plots, worlds expansive enough to hold our interest but specific enough so a singular feeling can be conveyed. For example, in one of the longer stories, Flesh and Blood, we meet a family whose matriarch suffers an illness. That is all that happens, yet the centrifugal force of siblings grown older and thus apart is beautifully and entertainingly conveyed.

There is also a sad wisdom in these stories, made even sadder by the knowledge of the reader that the author's work could have and should have flourished for so much longer than it did.

David Roberts
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ellis Bell VINE VOICE on December 5, 2010
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Dimanche and Other Stories is a collection of ten stories, some very short, some much longer. Irene Nemirovsky's stories focus on average, everyday people in France just before and during WWII, when these stories were published. Love, in all its forms, is an overriding theme of this book, but Nemirovsky's collection is also about the diametric differences in social situations of her characters.

I'll be honest and say straight away that I really didn't like Suite Francaise when it was reprinted a number of years ago, although everyone else was raving about it. I just thought it was to depressing. In this collection of short stories, Nemirovsky deals with the same topics and themes, but for some reason I much preferred this book to her other. Nemirovsky is skilled at highlighting and putting under a microscope the relationships between people. All of her characters, from housewives to teenagers, from Christians to Jews, from rich people to poor, and from soldiers to civilians, are fantastic, even though Nemirovsky only had limited space to write about them in. The contrasts between her characters are frequently bittersweet. Irene Nemirovsky was a fantastic writer; I'm not sure that I fully appreciate the depth of her writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ludmila Melchior-Yahil on April 9, 2011
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These are really great short stories in the tradition of Maupassant and Chekhov. First two have slightly to similar voice, but are still very well written with both interesting stories and characters. I actually listened to the CD version while commuting, and highly recommend it! (Not commuting, but listening to Dimanche, of course...)
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By joh on June 9, 2014
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Beautifully written by a writer who had terrific insight into people, their strengths and weaknesses. This is a must read.
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These stories showed the development of this author in her ability to express various themes and characters. Much richer than her earlier works where she focused on one character.
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By Vinod K Puri on December 19, 2012
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Nemirovsky stories are well written and evocative of the period before and during WWII. After having read Suite Francise and Fire in The Blood, I was prepared for her style of writing. She did not disappoint. It is so sad that Nazi cruelty killed such a wonderful writer.
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