Dimanche and Other Stories by Irene Nemirovsky

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About the book

This is a collection of ten short stories published posthumously in 2000.  The English translation by Bridget Patterson was published ten years later.  Most of the stories are about relationships between family members, and a few are set during and around times of war.  The stories are:

  • Dimanche (Sunday) – about a woman with an adulterous husband and a carefree teenaged daughter
  • Les rivages heureux (Those Happy Shores) – about an ambitious, recently-engaged young woman and an embittered middle-aged prostitute
  • Liens du sang (Flesh and Blood) – about four siblings dealing with each other, their respective families, and their mother
  • Fraternite (Brotherhood) – about a man waiting for the train with a stranger
  • La femme de don Juan (Don Juan’s Wife) – a governess writing to her previous ward about the latter’s parents
  • Le sortilege (The Spell) – about the unusual living arrangements and behavior of a Russian family
  • Le spectateur (The Spectator) – about a man striving to be a neutral during the war
  • Monsieur Rose (Mr Rose) – about a man striving to maintain a detached and uneventful existence
  • La Confidente (The Confidante) – a man asking his wife’s friend about the circumstances surrounding her death
  • L’inconnu (The Unknown Soldier) – a man telling his brother about killing a German soldier

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2013 TBR Pile Challenge

1. Dimanche and Other Stories by Irene Nemirovsky (2010)2 Feb 2013

2. A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman (1990)

3. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (1951)9 Jan 2013

4. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)6 Jan 2013

5. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1988) – 21 Jan 2013

6. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James (1902)

7. The Cave by Jose Saramago (2002)

8. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht (2011) – 15 Jan 2013

9. Hood by Emma Donoghue (1995)28 Jan 2013

10. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson (1985)

11. Resistance by Anita Shreve (1995)

12. The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho (2006)

Alternates
1. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1967)
2. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (1995)