by Nemirovsky, Irene (translated by Sylvia Stuart)
New York: Horace Liveright, Inc.. Near Fine in Very Good dj. 1930. 2nd printing. Hardcover. NOISBN . [nice tight clean book, minimal shelfwear, slight bumping to base of spine, vintage price sticker from The White House (San Francisco department store) on rear pastedown; jacket has a somewhat ragged (but inconspicuous) closed tear at bottom of front panel, some wear along bottom edge (esp. on spine), and foxing/spotting to the rear panel]. Second printing (same month as the first) of the first American edition of this uncommon novel by the recently-rediscovered author who perished at Auschwitz in 1942, a tale about a Jewish businessman working in the casinos of Biarritz, "condemned to make money ceaselessly and in spite of himself by his family and by force of circumstances." The author was Russian by birth (1903), but her family left the country following the Revolution and soon settled in Paris, where she lived and wrote (in French) for the rest of her life. (She had been exposed to French as a child, through a governess, and also attended the Sorbonne.) She turned out fourteen published novels during her lifetime, but only two (this being the first) were published in the U.S.; her modern reputation was jump-started by the publication of a previously-unknown book, "Suite Francaise," the success of which has sparked the reprinting of some of her earlier works. . (Inventory #: 19705)
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