"Le tout Paris is on the road, fleeing the invading Germans. Picked out with an unerring radar for social nuance and private passion, which is matched by Bron's delicate delivery, the haute-bourgeoise housewife, the spoilt aesthete, the pompous writer and the hapless priest endure the chaos of the second world war, just as the author herself was experiencing it. The Nazis ended Némirovsky's life at Auschwitz in 1942, so these sections of a never-completed novel (the second is a bittersweet tale of village lie under German occupation) are the final creation of a novelist of rare and spirited talent, who could combine taut plotting with a sensuous atmospheric power."(
The Sunday Times, Audio Book of the Week)
"Written in a war she was living through, the first part describes the lives of some of those fleeing Paris as the Nazis approach, while the second is a marvellous evocation of a small occupied village where greed, pettiness, love and hatred all have their parts to play. Eleanor Bron's is a perfect and wonderfully sympathetic reading." (
An irresistible work.
Suite Française clutches the heart." (
"It is quite outstanding, full of beauty, pain and truth...We are lucky to have this book." (
"Deftly translated by Sandra Smith, this is possibly the most devastating indictment of French manners and morals since
Madame Bovary, as hypnotic as Proust at the biscuit tin, as gruelling as Genet on the prowl. Irène Némirovsky is, on this evidence, a novelist of the very first order, perceptive to a fault and sly in her emotional restraint." (