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Jezebel by Irène Némirovsky
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Sep 03, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: translation, drama
Read from December 18 to 19, 2010


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 today as our TV screens (at least in the UK) are filled with adverts for anti-ageing creams and lotions and the cult of youth and beauty reign supreme.

Sandra Smith's translation is excellent.
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K.D. Absolutely Nice review! I read her Suite Francaise a couple of years back and I enjoyed parts of it. Thanks for letting me know of this book.


Vivienne There is a lot of interest in her work at present. Happily my library has most of them, so shall be certainly reading more.


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