Friday, April 16, 2010

Snow in Autumn by Irene Nemirovsky

Photo from Denise Epstein

I also read this novella in one sitting - it was so eloquent - detailing the lives of Russian Immigrants to France as seen through the eyes of their longtime servant, Tatiana.  They left their aristocratic lives behind during the Russian Revolution, finding poverty in Paris.  The original French title of the book is "Les Mouches d'Autumne" meaning Flies of Autumn.  There is a passage in the story which describes the family moving about their apartment in Paris like angry flies in autumn, dragging their useless wings behind them.  But the idea of snow falling in autumn is something that is also crucial to the story - especially Tatiana's story.  Another great recommendation.

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