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Irene Nemirovsky

IRENE NEMIROVSKY was born in Kiev in 1903, the daughter of a wealthy Jewish banker. She and her family fled Russia in 1918 and arrived in France the following year. Educated at the Sorbonne, well-connected and multilingual, she lived a privileged emigre life and became one of the most celebrated authors of her day. Nemirovsky published five novels before being arrested by the Vichy government.