A stirring graphic novel based on the extraordinary book by Irene Nemirovsky.
Suite Francaise, an extraordinary novel about village life in France just as it was plunged into chaos with the German invasion of 1940, was a publishing sensation ten years ago; Irene Nemirovsky completed the two-volume book, part of a planned larger series, in the early 1940s before she was arrested in France and eventually sent to Auschwitz, where she died. The notebook containing the novels was preserved by her daughters but not examined until 1998; it was finally published in France in 2004 and became a huge international bestseller, including in North America, where it has sold over 1 million copies.
This dramatic and stirring graphic novel, translated from the French and faithful to the spirit of Nemirovsky's story, focuses on Book 1, entitled "Storm in June," in which a disparate group of Paris citizens flees the city ahead of the advancing German troops. However, their orderly plans to escape are eclipsed by the chaos spreading across the country, and their sense of civility and well-being is replaced by a raw desire to survive.
A film version of Suite Francaise, starring Michelle Williams, Kristen Scott Thomas, and Margot Robbie, will be released in North America this fall.
About the authors
Emmanuel Moynot is a graphic artist who has authored more than forty graphic novels published in France since the 1980s, including several featuring detective Nestor Burma, based on the crime novels of Leo Malet. He lives in Bordeaux, France.
David Homel has translated over 30 books, many by Quebec authors. He won the Governor General's Literary Award in translation in 1995 for Why Must a Black Writer Write About Sex? by Dany Laferrière; his translation of Laferrière's How to Make Love to a Negro was nominated in 1988; and he won the prize in 2001 with fellow translator Fred A. Reed for Fairy Wing. His novels, which include Sonya & Jack, Electrical Storms, and The Speaking Cure have been published in several languages. Homel lives in Montreal, Quebec.
What captivated me about this adaptation was the real sense of turbulence, indeed absolute utter chaos, brought to people's lives overnight by the enforced Parisian exodus, and the very different reactions of the protagonists' responses. -Page 45
Moynot succeeds with his expressive visual characterisation ... The sketchy style Moynot's chosen delivers an urgency suitable to the subject matter, and is surprisingly detailed. The Slings and Arrows
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