Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky, Chatto & Windus, €16.
“The French grew tired of the Republic as if she were an old wife,” Irene Nemirovsky wrote in 1942 of the French revisionists of the time.
‘‘For them, the dictatorship was a brief affair, adultery. But they intended to cheat on their wife, not to kill her. Now they realise she’s dead, their Republic, their freedom. They’re mourning her.”...
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