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by MyUtopia on July 9, 2007The book is really two novels combined into one story: Storm in June & Dolce. It was written during World War II when Nemorovsky was in hiding from the Germans in the French countryside. She died shortly after in the concentration camp Auschwitz. Her children found her manuscript and had it published some 64 years later. She had intended to write three volumes as an answer to World War II's War and Peace. Her daughter was afraid for years to open what she thought were her mother's journals, which were really the manuscript for Suite Francaise. It wasn't until 64 years after her death did her daughter transcribe the novel and submit it for publication. The novel, which is in many ways a draft, is remarkable. Sandra Smith, who translates the French version into English remarked on how well written it was and assured the readers that she didn't add or subtract anything from the novel aside from one name confusion issue. As it is written as history is being made the descriptions seem more fresh and alive for the reader. The first book: Storm in June, beautifully describes a panicked country. People fled their homes from the oncoming German forces that were not only invading but burning and pillaging. She follows a varied group of families from the very rich and eccentric to the working class and poor and their exudus out of Paris. The tragedy that befell them equalized them. The second book: Dolce, looks at a small town a year after the exodus. It especially highlights the illicit friendship between a young French woman and a German soldier.
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