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You always hear the adage write what you know that is so true of Irene Nemirovsky s novels She knows about Russia s troubles, living in France, mother daughter troubles, the 2 Wars the Russian Revolution Wine of Solitude was written in 1935 Irene was living in France This short coming to age story is about the Karol family living in Ukraine and barely having enough to make ends meet Helene Karol is the main character who growing up with a mother who only wants love not from her dau You always hear the adage write what you know that is so true of Irene Nemirovsky s novels She knows about Russia s troubles, living in France, mother daughter troubles, the 2 Wars the Russian Revolution Wine of Solitude was written in 1935 Irene was living in France This short coming to age story is about the Karol family living in Ukraine and barely having enough to make ends meet Helene Karol is the main character who growing up with a mother who only wants love not from her daughter or husband Bella Karol is beautiful thinks of only her pleasures in life uses her feminine wiles to obtain what she wants not caring for others except when it is her desire to do so The family dynamics are very dysfunctional you hope that Helene will rise above all the emotional distress which is constantly in her life This story starts before World War 1 goes through the Russian Revolution and takes you into 1920 s.Irene s characters are so realistic in having failings but also good qualities An interesting story what makes itinteresting to me is when an author has lived through the times they write about These passages I found interesting because of the times being during the Russian Revolution how life seemed so hopeless at times Who, for God s sake, would have had the time to take care of her What was the health and life of a human being worth these days What did it matter whether one person lived and the other died All over the city people carried dead children to the cemetery tied up in sacks, for there were simply too many to afford a coffin A few days before, during a break between lessons, she herself had watched a man being executed and she was just a little girl in a smock, with fat curls round her neck and fingers stained with ink she stood glued to the window, staring out, without looking away, without crying out, with no outward sign of emotion except for a gradual draining of colour in her face until her lips turned white Five soldiers were lined up opposite a wounded man who stood against a wall, his head bandaged and bloody, swaying as if he were drunk He fell to the ground they carried him away, just as on another day they had carried away some dead woman on a stretcher, wrapped in her black shawl, just as a starving dog had come to Far, far away in the distance, they heard the muted sound of a cannon They only half listened to it For months now the low rumbling was so constant that they had stopped hearing it But where was it coming from Who was firing Whom were they firing at When faced with a certain level of horror the human mind becomes saturated and reacts with indifference and egotism Partly autobiographical story of a Ukrainian girl Helene growing up in a French speaking family who lives with a rich, loving but distant father and a frustrated disinterested mother and her lover and a beloved governess Helene grows up though the First World War and Russian Revolution, first in Kiev, then a permanently damp and foggy St Petersburg, then exile in Finland albeit in a Red village which then is invaded by the Whites , further exile and eventually post war in Paris Very muc Partly autobiographical story of a Ukrainian girl Helene growing up in a French speaking family who lives with a rich, loving but distant father and a frustrated disinterested mother and her lover and a beloved governess Helene grows up though the First World War and Russian Revolution, first in Kiev, then a permanently damp and foggy St Petersburg, then exile in Finland albeit in a Red village which then is invaded by the Whites , further exile and eventually post war in Paris Very much a story of a young girl, consciously growing up old beyond her years and struggling against her realisation that she has inherited the cynicism, hatred and manipulative nature of her parents deliberately starting an affair with her mother s lover so as to punish her In many ways the upheavals and betrayals of the domestic setting, played out against a background of privilege, mirror the wider betrayals of the period A slow burn of a book but one that is evocative of place and time She loved studying and books, the way other people love wine for its power to make you forget What else did she have She lived in a deserted, silent house The sound of her own footsteps in the empty rooms, the silence of the cold streets beyond the closed windows, the rain and the snow, the early darkness, the green lamp beside her that burned throughout the long evenings and which she watched for hours on end until its light began to waver before her weary eyes this was the setting for hShe loved studying and books, the way other people love wine for its power to make you forget What else did she have She lived in a deserted, silent house The sound of her own footsteps in the empty rooms, the silence of the cold streets beyond the closed windows, the rain and the snow, the early darkness, the green lamp beside her that burned throughout the long evenings and which she watched for hours on end until its light began to waver before her weary eyes this was the setting for her life Learning that The Wine of Solitude a story of a lonely and loveless childhood is considered the most autobiographical of Ir ne N mirovsky s novels makes me want to quote Tolstoy s truism that all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way, and that feels appropriate beyond the obvious in its tone and subject matter, this book feels like a feminine counterpoint a yin to Anna Karenina s yang that rounds out Tolstoy s masculine history and politics with afemale emotional perspective This feels like a classic Russian novel, but in addition to the balls and sleigh rides and the boom of distant cannons, there is also a little girl determined to harden her heart against those who would try to break it I loved the whole thing Spoilers ahead The Wine of Solitude begins in the lead up to WWI with eight year old H l ne Karol living in a shabby chic Kiev apartment with her beautiful and distant mother, her hardworking father the little Jew who is expected to improve the extended family s fortunes , H l ne s dependent maternal grandparents, and her beloved governess, the only one who can reliably show affection to the little girl, Mademoiselle Rose With parents who fight constantly, H l ne s life becomes bothquiet andlonely when her father leaves Kiev for two years to build his promised fortune two years in which Mrs Karol joins the ranks of other upper class Russian women who spend their evenings on the arms of dashing young soldiers two years in which H l ne s distaste for her mother grows into hatred and dreams of revengeShe nurtured in her heart a strange hatred of her that seemed to increase as she grew older like love, there were a thousand reasons for it and none and like love, there was the simple excuse It is because of who she is, and who I am The family is transplanted first to St Petersburg where H l ne s father becomesemotionally distant and her mother isbrazen about her newest young lover , and then to Finland to escape the Bolshevik Revolution When their village is found to be on the wrong side during the local civil war, H l ne s family finally moves to Paris the city that H l ne s family has often visited throughout the years and which H l ne herself has been taught to love through her French governess Having grown from girl to young woman during these years, and having experienced a sexual awakening, H l ne plots to use her newfound powers to take her ultimate revenge against the mother who had always put herself and her lovers above the emotional needs of her only child In the end, however, H l ne resists the urge to destroy her mother for fear of becoming her When her father dies just as the worldwide stock markets are collapsing, H l ne makes her own bid for freedomI m not afraid of life The past has given me my first experiences of the world They have been exceptionally difficult, but they have forged my courage and my pride And that immutable treasure is mine, belongs to me I may be alone, but my solitude is powerful and intoxicating There are so many lovely little truthful emotional moments in The Wine of Solitude, and simply delightful evocations of time and place Having read this after Suite Fran aise and learning at that time that N mirovsky was eventually rounded up from France during WWII and killed at Auschwitz , there s a horrible irony to watching H l ne arrive in Paris and believe herself to be safe and free at last I shudder to wonder at just how true to life this sad childhood might have been and marvel at N mirovsky s ability to turn pain into art I like the way Nemirovsky writes in clear, straight forward prose The characterizations are good, too There is a lot of interior dialogue, and by that I don t mean stream of consciousness We are given a lot of Helene s thoughts Through emotional neglect, she has a lot of negative opinions about those surrounding her.But my gosh, I never saw so many shallow people in one book in my life Helene s mother, Bella, does nothing and cares for nothing other than her appearance and whether a man pay I like the way Nemirovsky writes in clear, straight forward prose The characterizations are good, too There is a lot of interior dialogue, and by that I don t mean stream of consciousness We are given a lot of Helene s thoughts Through emotional neglect, she has a lot of negative opinions about those surrounding her.But my gosh, I never saw so many shallow people in one book in my life Helene s mother, Bella, does nothing and cares for nothing other than her appearance and whether a man pays attention to her Boris Karel, Helene s father, is a gambler We actually don t see much of him other than to know his business life is a complete gamble, and he spends time in casinos or making bets with others.It s hard not to be sympathetic to a young girl who is being emotionally neglected, but she also doesn t have any interests other than wanting attention And so she wants to avenge the loss of her childhood.Despite these complaints, which do in fact make up the entire novel, I had no problem persevering Still, I did have complaints I will be happy to read another by Nemirovsky, but this can t climb out of the 3 star group Yet again, I ve picked up another N mirovsky book that I could not put down I was immediately pulled into this story about a young girl named H l ne who spends her loveless childhood watching her neglectful parents fall to their own vices, and how she tries to forge her own path in life H l ne s greatest struggle throughout it all is to find a way to forgive and forget There are echoes of Anna Karenina throughout the text, with allusions to its opening lines ofvengeance is mine I will repa Yet again, I ve picked up another N mirovsky book that I could not put down I was immediately pulled into this story about a young girl named H l ne who spends her loveless childhood watching her neglectful parents fall to their own vices, and how she tries to forge her own path in life H l ne s greatest struggle throughout it all is to find a way to forgive and forget There are echoes of Anna Karenina throughout the text, with allusions to its opening lines ofvengeance is mine I will repayandall happy families are alike each unhappy family is unhappy in its own wayWhat is highly interesting about The Wine of Solitude is the fact that it s the most autobiographical of N mirovsky s works Though the subject matter is quite heavy and sad, I couldn t stop turning the pages because of the way that N mirovsky turns pain and suffering into such beautiful writing H l ne experiences much sorrow, anger, and hurt, but she also finds happiness in les petits bonheurs de la vie such as reading, swimming in the sea, and being in nature These little moments throughout the book make it shineBut she loved studying and books, the way other people love wine for its power to make you forget What else did she have The night was crystal clear now, a transparent blue She sat down by the window, humming softly Never had her heart felt so light a kind of joyous passion flowed through her blood She lay down in the water, looked at the sky above and laughed, thinking with gratitude, It s impossible to be unhappy when you have all this the smell of the sea, sand running through your fingers the air, the breeze I m not afraid of life, she thought The past has given me my first experiences of the world They have been exceptionally difficult, but they have forged my courage and my pride And that immutable treasure is mine, belongs to me I may be alone, but my solitude is powerful and intoxicating 3.5 Said to be her most autobiographical novel, the reader first meets Helene when she is only seven The daughter of a narcissistic and extremely self involved mother and a father she loves but is himself addicted to gambling He loves his wife to the point of self delusion We follow Helene as she ages, learns to hate her mother, the only love in her life is from her governess Madame Rose This is a novel about the quest for revenge against the backdrop of the Great War and the Russian Revolut 3.5 Said to be her most autobiographical novel, the reader first meets Helene when she is only seven The daughter of a narcissistic and extremely self involved mother and a father she loves but is himself addicted to gambling He loves his wife to the point of self delusion We follow Helene as she ages, learns to hate her mother, the only love in her life is from her governess Madame Rose This is a novel about the quest for revenge against the backdrop of the Great War and the Russian Revolution A novel about the dysfunction in a family and how it effects it members At last it is a novel about self realization and learning if not to forget at least to forgive Love the title of this novel and loved the very atmospheric writing ARC from publisher Tender, difficult memoir of the Russian diaspora during and after the Soviet revolution Nemirovsky has centered her narrative on the cities, Kiev, St.Petersberg, Helsinki, and Paris, each a stage in the flight across Europe, and in the maturity of her heroine Covering the ages of about fifteen to twenty, we get the full emotional uproar of the onset of womanhood, as experienced against a fairly catastrophic background Nemirovsky isinterested in the fluid psychology of her protagonist th Tender, difficult memoir of the Russian diaspora during and after the Soviet revolution Nemirovsky has centered her narrative on the cities, Kiev, St.Petersberg, Helsinki, and Paris, each a stage in the flight across Europe, and in the maturity of her heroine Covering the ages of about fifteen to twenty, we get the full emotional uproar of the onset of womanhood, as experienced against a fairly catastrophic background Nemirovsky isinterested in the fluid psychology of her protagonist than in the Jamesian jigsaw puzzles that the story may resemble Touchingly, precisely laid out, though, and perhaps truer to life than those other,famous European labyrinths The Wine of Solitude is one of Jewish Ukrainian author Ir ne N mirovsky s earliest novels The author, whose family fled from Russia to France in 1918, was tragically killed in Auschwitz in 1942 She is best known for her book Suite Francaise, a collection of her memoirs compiled by her daughters, which was first published in 2004 The Wine of Solitude opens with the character of eight year old H l ne Karol, an only child who lives with her parents, grandmother and governess in a tiny town in th The Wine of Solitude is one of Jewish Ukrainian author Ir ne N mirovsky s earliest novels The author, whose family fled from Russia to France in 1918, was tragically killed in Auschwitz in 1942 She is best known for her book Suite Francaise, a collection of her memoirs compiled by her daughters, which was first published in 2004 The Wine of Solitude opens with the character of eight year old H l ne Karol, an only child who lives with her parents, grandmother and governess in a tiny town in the Ukraine a sleepy provincial town, lost deep within Russia Through N mirovsky s careful prose, we get to know the characters almost immediately These range from kind and gentle governess Mademoiselle Rose to H l ne s grandmother, only fifty but she looked so old, so weary H l ne s own childish thoughts have been woven throughout the story, and as such, the reader feels such sympathy for her The animosity within her family becomes fiercer as her story progresses Her mother sees her as a living reproach, an embarrassment , and she is described as an impatient, ungrateful, deeply irritated child N mirovsky portrays the way in which whenever she opened her mouth, everyone eyed her scornfully incredibly sensitively, sharing the reader s anguish for H l ne s plight.It is made clear to the reader that her family life is far from ideal Her mother, Bella, ispreoccupied with reading about the latest fashions than being kind to her daughter, and her father, Boris, perceived by Bella s family as an insignificant little Jew , is a quiet presence who often works away from home The only fondness in H l ne s heart is for her father She felt related and close to him alone, part of his flesh and blood, sharing his soul, his strength, his weaknesses Her mother, on the other hand, both revered and loathed, is described as a tall, shapely woman of regal bearing and with a tendency to plumpness, which she fought by using corsets She is given animalistic characteristics throughout, ranging from her claw like nails to her rather savage actions In the rare moments when she displayed any maternal affection her nails almost always scratched H l ne s bare arm or face Boris and Bella are forever squabbling with one another their quarrel was constantly interrupted by sudden moments of calm when they paused to gather their strength in order better to rip each other apart Only Rose and H l ne are kindred spirits, finding refuge and solace in one another s company.The descriptions from the outset are wonderful The wind which blows into H l ne s hometown from Asia filled the air with a howl that faded as it disappeared towards the west , and the pale sky was like a crystal ball with the glowing traces of a pink fire at its heart The entire novel is incredibly well built up, from its descriptions to its characters The Wine of Solitude is extremely evocative of the places and period in which it is set, from St Petersburg to Paris, and from Finland to rural France The different sections of the novel all encompass one or two of these settings, the descriptions of which are perfectly balanced and really build up a picture of each city or tiny town in the mind of the reader.Sandra Smith s translation of The Wine of Solitude is faultless She captures the turns of phrase from the original text incredibly well, never losing any of the original details of the story or of the wonderful descriptions The human psyche has been portrayed incredibly well and so poignantly by both author and translator, and we follow H l ne s formative years to several different countries as she falls in and out of love and loses her innocence.First published in 1935, The Wine of Solitude feels wonderfully contemporary The novel is both intriguing and engrossing, and the characters and varied settings are wonderfully constructed It is certainly one of N mirovsky s finest novels, one which has been perfectly realised and is written with such tenderness and compassion for its young protagonist {DOWNLOAD E-PUB} ⚞ The Wine of Solitude ⚡ Introspective, intense and poignant, The Wine of Solitude is the most autobiographical of all Ir ne N mirovsky s novels, now available in English for the first timeImbued with melancholy, and regret, it explores the troubled relationship between a young girl, her distant, self absorbed mother and her mother s lover, Max We follow the family through the Great War and the Russian Revolution, as the young H l ne grows from a dreamy, unhappy child into an angry young womanThrough hot summers in a fictionalised Kiev N mirovsky s own birthplace and the cruel winters of St Petersburg, the would be writer H l ne blossoms, despite her mother s neglect, into a clear eyed observer of the life around her The Wine of Solitude is a powerful tale, telling less of the end of innocence, than of disillusionment the story of an upbringing that produces a young woman as hard as a diamond, prepared to wreak a shattering revenge on her mother In The Wine of Solitude Helene is a troubled, neglected young girl with a difficult self obsessed mother, a mother who in a slightly different incarnation appears in Le Bal It s hard not to wonder what Mrs Nemirovsy was like and how much her personality affected the young burgeoning writer that was Irene Helene her counterpart in The Wine of Solitude is a fascinating character and very apart from those around her She looked at the people around her They didn t even see she was there, but to In The Wine of Solitude Helene is a troubled, neglected young girl with a difficult self obsessed mother, a mother who in a slightly different incarnation appears in Le Bal It s hard not to wonder what Mrs Nemirovsy was like and how much her personality affected the young burgeoning writer that was Irene Helene her counterpart in The Wine of Solitude is a fascinating character and very apart from those around her She looked at the people around her They didn t even see she was there, but to her as well they were unreal, distant, half hidden in a mist vain, insubstantial ghosts, lacking flesh and blood she lived on the sidelines, far away from them, in an imaginary world where she was mistress and queen The novel begins in Ukraine where A hazy reddish light lingered low in the sky the wind brought the smell of the Ukrainian plains to the city, a mild yet bitter scent of smoke, cold water and rushes that grew along the riverbanks The family dynamics are deftly portrayed and also the precarious nature of the family fortunes In Helene s young life the most important person is her nanny As the novel unfolds and the family moves from the Ukraine to Paris Helene gradually becomesaware of herself and those around her I m still haunted by some of the locations in the novel particularly the cottage in the woods where the Karols live during the First World War and the Russian revolution Paris is beautifully evoked, including the apartment the Karols live in and even the buildings and the streets The final sentence of the novel is, I think, one of my favourite endings of a novel.Again Nemirovsky doesn t disappoint I love her novels and was particularly interested in this early one recently published that evidently is the most autobiographical of all After reading this book it has really fired my interest in her rather than satisfied it I have bought the biography by Philipponnat and Lienhardt and will read soon I value Nemirovsky not just for her writing skills but for bringing to life people and places, ways of living that have disappeared since the war that claimed the author s life Highly recommended