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Jezabel

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  497 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Quando entra nell'aula di tribunale in cui verrà giudicata per l'omicidio del suo giovanissimo amante, Gladys Eysenach viene accolta dai mormorii di un pubblico sovreccitato, impaziente di conoscere ogni sordido dettaglio di quella che promette di essere l'affaire più succulenta di quante il bel mondo parigino abbia visto da anni. Nel suo pallore spettrale, Gladys evoca da...more
Paperback, Biblioteca Adelphi #508, 194 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Adelphi (first published 1936)
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Rosenkavalier
"Non puoi più trattare i tuoi amanti come fossero bigné"

Se non avete inclinazione per il romanzo rosa, potete sostituire alle 194 pagine del romanzo i tre economici minuti di quel grandissimo pezzo dei Decibel. La storia è uguale.

Gladys Eisenach non è nobile ma, chiusa nella sua vita come in un castello, vive la sua vecchia nobiltà, il cui blasone è dato dalla sua (un tempo) sfolgorante bellezza e mostra nel suo scudo araldico un visone rampante e un tacco 12 nero in campo rosa shocking che cal...more
Michela
"Jezabel" Irène Nèmirovsky (1938)

Nell’Antico Testamento Jezabel è una meretrice, una donna maledetta, idolatra e cattiva, una personificazione del Diavolo stesso;riassume in sé la sensualità e la forza vitale di Colei che non si piega agli Dei, né tanto meno agli uomini. Abbraccia l’amore libero da ogni vergogna, come la sessualità sacra e la guerra; non teme la morte ma la brandisce con estrema abilità per portare a compimento i suoi piani, mostrandosi poi pronta ad essere colpita dalla stessa...more
Maria Grazia
Una donna benedetta dalla ricchezza e da una grande bellezza su cui il tempo sembra non avere presa, che però trasforma bellezza e giovinezza in un feticcio, con l'ansia di piacere, il totale asservimento alla seduzione, all'uomo che deve gratificarla con la sua ammirazione. E per questo, vuoto e vanesio idolo, sacrifica qualsiasi cosa, compreso quello che resta del suo onore.
La capacità della Nemirovsky di far vivere i personaggi e l'atmosfera che li circonda ha dell'incredibile, pur non essend...more
Veronica Sanche
A ridiculous sad story that should be a short story instead of a novel.
Gladys constant' fear through out the pages and decades of getting old and her search for men who would love her for her beauty got downright tiresome and seems very old fashioned in our time. But yet today there are those who constantly scrutinize their mirrors as Gladys did.
Claudia Sesto
"L'avaro non pensa ad altro che al suo oro, l'ambizioso agli onori: al pari di loro Gladys era totalmente posseduta dal desiderio di piacere e dall'ossessione dell'età."
Gladys una donna ossessionata dalla sua bellezza e dal suo voler restare giovane, una donna che ripudia l'amore verso chi ha il suo stesso sangue (la figlia prima, il nipote poi), vivrà una vita fatta di niente, alla continua ricerca di piacere e di conquistare gli uomini e di rendere insignificanti le sue rivali, il suo mondo sa...more
Margaret
I was very excited when this was finally released in an American edition. I'm a big fan of Nemirovsky, and this novel is quite similar to her other works. No one is quite as they appear, and no one is safe from showing how simple, greedy, or flawed they really are. The style is similar to her other works, and Jezebel was first published in French in the late 1930's, before All Our Worldly Goods was published and Suite Francaise was begun. The courtroom start makes the novel surprisingly mode...more
Vivienne

This slim novel was a stunning portrayal of a woman's obsession with her own youth and beauty.

Irène Némirovsky sets the stage in the first forty pages in a French courtroom scene in which a woman stands trial for the murder of her younger lover.

Having shown the proceedings and outcome of the trial Némirovsky then moves back in time to chronicle Gladys Eysenach's life, giving us a closer look at the influences that shaped her personality.

It is a cautionary tale that certainly remains relevant to...more
Jay
Est-ce possible que je ne vais pas trouver un roman d'Irène Némirovsky que je n'aime pas ? J'adore cette écrivaine ! En lisant « Le Vin de solitude » j'étais fasciné par sa façon de se venger d'une mère qu'elle détestait. « Jézabel » n'est plus une vengeance, mais plutôt une crucifixion. Le livre commence avec le procès d'une vieille femme déboussolée avant de recommencer avec sa jeunesse. « Le Vin de solitude » et « Les Feux de l'Automne » sont peut-être plus épiques, mais « Jézabel » met encor...more
Cooper Renner
A tricky novel which comes together in quite a satisfying way. For most of my reading of this short book I was being disappointed, thinking it was a rather weak effort by a novelist I like a great deal, but then---!
Toks (at GalacticTidesx)
Irene Nemirovsky is a genius. This is Dostoevsky compressed and a pocket Anna Karenina--a story about passion and the human condition.
Elly Elly
L'autrice è una profonda conoscitrice dell'animo umano e riesce a delineare una storia che sembra inverosimile, ma in realtà non lo è affatto. La storia di una donna bellissima che non riesce ad accettare il tempo che passa. La bellezza che diventa decadimento non tanto fisico quanto più morale, l'effimero come unica sostanza di questa protagonista che in fondo riesce a farci compassione, nonostante la sua freddezza.
Scritto in maniera impeccabile, sicuramente dovrò leggere altro di questa grande...more
Biblioteca
"Non puoi pi�� trattare i tuoi amanti come fossero bign��"

Se non avete inclinazione per il romanzo rosa, potete sostituire alle 194 pagine del romanzo i tre economici minuti di quel grandissimo pezzo dei Decibel. La storia �� uguale.

Gladys Eisenach non �� nobile ma, chiusa nella sua vita come in un castello, vive la sua vecchia nobilt��, il cui blasone �� dato dalla sua (un tempo) sfolgorante bellezza e mostra nel suo scudo araldico un visone rampante e un tacco 12 nero in campo rosa shocking c...more
Hey_jude
This was an awesome book. I love how the author started it at the end and worked her way to the events leading the the courtroom scene featured in the beginning. I've stolen that technique for my one young adult story.
The story revolves around a beautiful socialite who somehow finds herself being tried for the the murder of a young, seemingly unimposing student she had nothing in common with. Accused of murdering her young 'lover' she is found guilty and sentenced. The court room scene, is vast...more
Robert
Jezebel is a study in narcissism verging on nymphomania wherein a beautiful, wealthy woman spends her life fighting off growing older, losing her appeal to men, and the legacy of her cruelty to her daughter and her daughter's illegitimate son.

The novel's form is interesting. It begins with a contemporary court proceeding in which the protagonist, Gladys, is tried for murder. Quickly, the story moves back in her life and traces the progression of her self-involvement and self-indulgence.

As a psy...more
Wayne
Jun 28, 2012 Wayne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOT for sookies.
Recommended to Wayne by: Irene the author's other books
Shelves: french-classics
POST READ:
There are no characters to like here besides a few fleeting minor characters.'Jezebel' is a beautiful, self-centred woman who loves above all the power she can exercise over men, and her beauty which is the mainstay of this exercise. Anyone who stands in the way of this way of life will live to regret it. Or die - no chance of regretting there!! Few escape.
This tawdry, sordid drama would make a great opera.
Alas, many can't take a book where they can't identify with the main character o...more
Insidebooks
When you are first introduced to Gladys Eysenach she is a small old lady sitting in the dock in court charged with the murder of her young lover. The case seems to be open and shut and it's a question of getting the judge to be merciful in the sentence.

But as the focus of the story turns back in time to tell of how Gladys came to find herself going up to the top of society then down into the darkness of murder and a court case you wonder just whether or not you will feel sympathy for this woman....more
Patty
Il romanzo inizia dalla fine, dall’aula di tribunale a Parigi in cui si svolge il processo a Gladys Eysenach, accusata di aver ucciso il giovane Bernard Martin.
Le prime 46 pagine non costituiscono il primo capitolo, sono piuttosto un ouverture da melodramma. Leggendole si ha il privilegio di cogliere tutta la grandezza della Némirovsky, il suo talento nello scavare nell’animo umano, nel tratteggiare figure complesse e contorte, nel comporre dialoghi perfetti.
Leggere questo breve romanzo è stat...more
Heather
ugh. I don't know what to think about this book. On the one hand, I couldn't put it down. On the other, it was totally maddening.

I believe it was originally written around 1930, only recently published. The protagonist is an obsessed, narcissistic, paranoid socialite whose sole driving force is the need to be desirable and worshipped for her youth and beauty. The single -minded need to control the uncontrollable drives her nearly mad and causes her to continually run away from anything or anyon...more
Dani
(Originally posted at Wendigo Book Reviews)

Rating: 3.5

Jezebel was a book I picked up on impulse in the library, on remembering how much I loved Suite Française. It's not the type of book I'd usually read, but I wanted to take a break from horror and long, 900-page novels (I'm looking at you Stephen King).

I was morbidly curious on reading the blurb, and indeed throughout the entire book, watching the decline of Gladys, half-hating her and half-pitying her. This is not a book full of characters wh...more
Nina Rapsodia
Jun 21, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
Shelves: 2013, no-propios
4.5

Esta autora ya es constante en este blog. Desde que la descubrí me propuse leer todas sus novelas y con tres libros leídos suyos (El ardor de la sangre, El baile y Nieve en otoño) no era raro que pronto cayera el cuarto y los demás pronto llegarán.

Como los lectores de esta estupenda autora sabrán, las novelas de Irène son muy trabajadas, diseccionan a los seres humanos, su psicología, motivaciones y tiene un estilo muy bello, delicado y introspectivo en la mente de sus personajes. Jezabel pod...more
Mauberley
"What is a child? Someone to take our place, to push us to our death, someone who kepps on saying, "Get going now, go away, it's all mine now. Give up your piece of cake..."' (Chapt.11).

Another remarkable book by one of my favourite authors. This the story of Gladys Eysenach, a woman of wealth and little culture who is utterly besotted with a horror of aging. In our own youth-obsessed age, this book deserves a broader popularity. It has a cinematic quality to its structure in that it opens with...more
Rebecca
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Paolo Gianoglio
Non mi è piaciuto. Ho trovato questo romanzo troppo lontano da me, dal mio tempo, dalla mia esperienza. Troppo borghese nel senso negativo di questo termine. Il dramma della donna che non si rassegna ad invecchiare e antepone la propria felicità a quella della figlia e la nemesi del ritorno del nipote dimenticato non riesce a suscitarmi coinvolgimento, empatia. Gladys nella sua superficialità finisce per diventare un personaggio ad una sola dimensione, una macchietta che ripete sempre le stesse...more
Ty
The sad, depressing tale of a woman who places her vanity and desire to be loved for her beauty above all else, 'Jezebel' draws many parallels with Oscar Wilde's 'Picture of Dorian Grey'.

Nemivovsky chronicles our protagonist's downfall. A woman lorded over by her own vanity and a maddening desire for ever-lasting youth, she sacrifices all she had to maintain mere illusion of youth.

A fantastic study into the psyche of the vain, the psyche of a woman who feels that all she has to offer the world a...more
Inge Onetto
Una joyita de Irene Nemirowski. Muestra una grandiosa y maquiavélica protagonista, de despiadado narcisismo y necesidad de estimación. Avida de mantenerse joven y seductora a toda costa, sin importar los medios ni las vidas de los demás.
Estoico y frío personaje, sin duda una caracterización de la propia madre de la autora.
Es un libro que se lee en una mañana porque parte con ella en el estrado y no lo abandonas hasta saber si el castigo era o no merecido.
Daniela Mastropasqua
Un bellissimo inizio. Siamo nel pieno di un processo, una bella donna non più giovane, conosciuta da tutti perché ricca e dai molti amanti, si trova sotto una terribile accusa: l'omicidio di un giovane ragazzo, probabilmente un suo amante. Una storia d'amore finita male, dunque. Ma la realtà è ben diversa. Così cominciamo a vivere la storia di questa donna Jezabel, che dire ossessionata dall'idea di giovinezza è dir poco. Una donna così egoista, negativa, stupida ecc... che non mi ha fatto appre...more
Lily
Jezebel was a brilliantly written book. Nemirovsky focuses a lot of characterization instead of actual plot, a style which give the book a sense of fluidity and listlessness that fits well with the overall tine of the book. In these pages, Nemirovsky portrays a beautiful woman who tries to stay that way, even when her age gives her away as a women long past her prime. The book speaks of a inner spark that every woman has, amplifies it, and give it life through the protagonist, Gladys. As a reade...more
Rebecca
This book was on the same level as all of Nemirovsky's other works, so fans of her writing will love it, like I did! My only 'bib' criticism is that the book was about 50 pages too long. It's easy to pick up the dual pity/disdain one should have for the character, who is a vain and selfish woman who cares only for herself, but at the same time only wants to be loved. However, Irène slows down in the middle as to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Once agan, it's a great study of how the hum...more
Nimbex
De todos los libros de Némirovsky que he leído hasta ahora éste es, junto con Suite Francesa, el que más me ha gustado; un retrato perfecto de la frivolidad de las clases altas europeas a principios del siglo XX. La forma de contar la historia, empezando con el juicio de la protagonista y luego, una vez concluido éste, volviendo atrás en el tiempo para contar lo que pasó realmente, engancha desde la primera página y las ganas de conocer la verdadera historia de Gladys se mantienen hasta el final...more
Anna Sinova
This is a story of a woman, obsessed with her beauty and extreme fear of growing old. The self- deception and her efforts to deceive others turn deadly, as she refuses to let go of her obsessions.
I condemned, I was repulsed and morally outraged.... And yet I could understand the misery, the self-deception, the horror of being locked inside a corrupted, obsessed mind. All throughout you are forced to see narcissism as an obsessive disorder, a person that should be pitied instead of being condemn...more
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Irène Némirovsky (born February 11, 1903, Kiev, died August 17, 1942, Auschwitz, Poland) was a Jewish novelist and biographer born in the Ukraine, who lived and worked in France.

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