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Less a Wheel than a Wave

Dan Jacobson: Irène Némirovsky’s War, 11 May 2006

Suite Française 
by Irène Némirovsky, translated by Sandra Smith.
Chatto, 403 pp., £16.99, March 2006, 0 7011 7896 5
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... circumstances and in different guise elsewhere. Tolstoy’s name recurs in the fragmentary diary Irène Némirovsky kept while trying to write Suite Française, but one hardly needs her prompting to detect his presence on almost every page of the first of the two novels published under a single title in this new volume. In effect, ...

After the Movies

Michael Wood: Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinéma, 4 December 2008

Histoire(s) du cinéma 
directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
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... actors in the 1940s, on a train heading for Berlin to make a movie, is juxtaposed with a shot of Irène Némirovsky, whose train was headed for another place. Histoire(s) du cinéma has eight ‘chapters’. The longest is 51 minutes, the shortest is 27 minutes. The titles of all eight appear in each one, flashing on the screen like a kind of ...

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