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A collection of interesting stories,
This review is from: Dimanche and Other Stories (Vintage International) (Paperback)
Irene Nemirovsky's collection of short stories show the insecurities of the individual in an age where dictators governed and when-to use a well-known expression-"the lights went out in Europe".She is able to penetrate the soul of her characters showing them in their good or bad times,their loves, betrayals,intrigues,deceptions and self-deceptions.Her great talent is to dissect,sometimes in very short and precise sentences,what her figures are thinking and their motivations.Int his respect she masters the genre of the short story.Some stories in this collection are confusing and some are better and more interesting.She is extremely good at conveying the conflicts and tension withing marriages and her conclusion is that marriages are not a blessing at all.Most men who people her stories are deceiving others,especially their wives.Children are ungrateful and do not appreciate their parents most of the time.The individual is never certain about his-or her-fate and the age of insecurity is almost always to be found in her stories, which mainly focus on the upper-middle class.
The Jewish element of her writing-as already shown in her wonderful book and masterpiece"David Golder"-comes again to surface,to a limited albeit honest degree.There are no heroes here,just people living their daily lives,pretending or thinking they are masters of their fate with a lot of
self-confidence,but most of them or doomed without knowing it.This is the tragical dimension of her characters.Unfortunately,this great writer never knew was in stock for her and she was murdered by the Nazi beasts in 1942.