Posts Tagged ‘Les Chiens et les Loups’

When I read Irene Nemirovsky’s Suite Francaise, published in 2004, sixty-two years after her death in Auschwitz, I was taken by its power and beauty.  When I found The Dogs and the Wolves, a fresh translation by Sandra Smith from the original Les Chiens et les Loups published in 1940, I looked forward to a repeat performance.  It did not happen.

The novel is premised on the kind of ant-semitic beliefs that sent her to Auschwitz.  You don’t make art out of that kind of stuff.  It is trash talk regardless who it comes from or who it targets.  Her tragic death proves it.  Charles Marlin

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