Imbued with melancholy, and regret, this work 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 Hélène grows from a dreamy, unhappy child into an angry young woman
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Independent on Sunday||"A wonderfully atmospheric novel...captivating and searingly honest"
Guardian||"The tangle of this unhappy family is beautifully and ruthlessly analysed... The relationship between mother and daughter is described with uncompromising lucidity... N?mirovsky evokes the places of her childhood with a sensuous clarity"
Guardian||"A brilliant coming of age novel... N?mirovsky is so honest and she never fluffs a line"
Guardian, Books of the Year||"The Wine of Solitudeis an end-of-innocence story... It is N?mirovsky's powers of social observation...the implacable eye for the nuances of human conduct, that makeThe Wine of Solitudeso memorable"
Praise for Ir?ne N?mirovksy :
'A magnificent work that its readers will cherish for as long as they still care about the art of fiction or the history of Europe ... Every page shines with both a ravishing delight in the surface of life, and a profound empathy for the souls of its characters, that raises it to the ranks of the Russian and French masters.'Independent
FIRE IN THE BLOOD
'It confirms N?mirovksy's brilliance as a storyteller with a deep understanding of the hidden flaws and cruelties of the human heart.'Sunday Telegraph
ALL OUR WORLDLY GOODS
'Her highly distinctive style, the delicate but relentless accretion of finely observed details, produces a story in which universal cataclysm is mirrored in apparently insignificant personal destiny, to extraordinarily resonant effect.' Jane Shelling,Sunday Telegraph
THE DOGS AND THE WOLVES
'N?mirovksy was incapable of producing anything less than an enchanting novel. She has an irresistible talent for creating character and incident which makes this story as much a page-turner as anything she has written.' Carmen Callill,Guardian