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Suite Francaise: Storm in June

A Graphic Novel

by (author) Emmanuel Moynot

translated by David Homel

Publisher
Arsenal Pulp Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2015
Category
General, Historical Fiction, Literary, Historical
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781551525969
    Publish Date
    Oct 2015
    List Price
    $21.95

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Description

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.

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David Homel was born in Chicago in 1952 and left that city in 1970 for Paris, living in Europe the next few years on odd jobs and odder couches. He has published eight novels, from Electrical Storms in 1988 to The Teardown, which won the Paragraph Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2019. He has also written young adult fiction with Marie-Louise Gay, directed documentary films, worked in TV production, been a literary translator, journalist, and creative writing teacher. He has translated four books for Linda Leith Publishing: Bitter Roase (2015), (2016), Nan Goldin: The Warrior Medusa (2017) and Taximan (2018). Lunging into the Underbrush is his first book of non-fiction. He lives in Montreal.

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Editorial Reviews

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

Slings and Arrows

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

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