The Wine of Solitude

The Wine of Solitude

Irène Némirovsky / Nov 26, 2020

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 time Imbued with melancholy and regret

  • Title: The Wine of Solitude
  • Author: Irène Némirovsky
  • ISBN: 9780701185572
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 time.Imbued 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 theIntrospective, 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 time.Imbued 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 woman.Through 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.

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      • Irène Némirovsky

        Ir ne N mirovsky born February 11, 1903, Kiev, died August 17, 1942, Auschwitz, Poland was a Jewish novelist and biographer born in the Ukraine, who lived and worked in France.


    1. This is my fourth book by Irene Nemirovsky (the others are Suite Française, Fire in the Blood and David Golder). She was born in 1903 – about the time of the young girl in this story and this book is considered Nemirovsky’s most autobiographical novel. Spoilers Below:A young girl grows up in a Jewish family in Kiev before the Russian Revolution. The young girl hates her domineering, self-centered mother who only scolds and denigrates her. She wants to be French like her nanny. She’s an on [...]

    2. Di Irène, per Irène.Ricordo ancora quando nel 2006 cominciai a notare "Suite francese" nelle librerie, nei supermercati, ovunque andassi che vendevano libri, al punto che chiesi anche a mio zio, "lettore forte" e punto di riferimento in famiglia per l'amore verso la letteratura, se l'avesse letto e se, secondo lui, fosse importante farlo.Non sapevo niente della Némirovsky a quell'epoca, per cui, quando mi decisi dopo qualche tempo ad acquistarlo e successivamente a leggerlo, mi accostai al ro [...]

    3. 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 her [...]

    4. Avete presente la seconda parte del incipit di Anna Karenina?Ogni famiglia infelice è infelice a modo suoIrène Nèmirovsky alias Hèlène Karol questo lo sa molto beneAnche se crede che le famiglie infelici siano uguali esattamente come le infelici.Ma la nostra Hèlène (esattamente come Irène) è una combattente. E se è vero che "da un' infanzia infelice non si guarisce mai".Tuttavia ci si può sempre vendicare di chi ce l ha resa tale in questo caso Bella (no no tranquilli Twilight non cen [...]

    5. Yet again, I've picked up another Némirovsky book that I could not put down. I was immediately pulled into this story about a young girl named Hélène 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. Hélène'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 of "vengeance is mine; I will [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 is more interested in the fluid psychology of her protagonist th [...]

    8. Il vino della solitudine è un calice amaro, malinconico, triste, difficile da bere per la Némirovsky.Un calice che ha il gusto della solitudine, della mancanza di amore di cui Helene soffre. Un gusto, un sapore che invade tutta la famiglia, un sapore difficile da digerire, ma che lascia alla fine qualcosa di "aspro e inebriante", il cosiddetto sapore della libertà che illumina la via e il cammino.

    9. "Att inte vara barn när det var tid för det gör att man aldrig tycks mogna som andra;man är övermogen på en sida och grön på den andra, likt en frukt som alltför tidigt utsätts för kyla och vind"

    10. The Wine of Solitude is one of Jewish Ukrainian author Irène Némirovsky’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 Hélène Karol, an only child who lives with her parents, grandmother and governess in a tiny town [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. This the second book written by Irene Nemirovsky that I have read. Having read "Suite Francaise" a few years ago, I was interested in reading this book in order to learn more about the author. Autobiographical in nature, I found the story Nemirovsky's early life fascinating in many ways. At times, I wondered how a child raised in such an atmosphere could ever emerge to become an author of such renown as Nemirovsky did. Upon further reflection, I decided that her childhood certainly gave her much [...]

    13. I think this book should've been called The Wine of Loneliness Which Leads to a Drunken Need for Revenge.Catchy, non?This might be my favourite Némirovsky reading experience. The descriptions (especially of nature) were beautiful. The cover says this is the most autobiographical of her novels. Which is sad, regarding what happens, but also makes me think she was writing with a sense of nostalgia. But she wrote in such a way that connected with some of my memories, so there were times I was feel [...]

    14. D'un ton plus noir et amer que ces autres romans, Le vin de solitude de Némirovsky s'attache à l'histoire d'une famille juive, vivant en Russie, où la pauvreté et les pogroms, marquent son quotidien. Encore enfant, l'héroïne demande asile à des lointains cousins, eux bien installés dans leur confort et leur richesse. Et c'est là qu'elle tombe éperdument amoureuse d'Harry. Lorsque sa famille fuit la Russie, espérant trouver à Paris la promesse d'une vie festive et fantasmé, la jeune [...]

    15. A depressing but very good book about a girl growing into woman-hood in Ukraine, Finland, and then Paris under an abusively neglectful mother and rich but gambling-addicted father. I like this author, previously read her posthumously released Suite Francais. How tragic that this brilliant writer with so much to say about life died at the hand of the Nazis. One interesting thing about The Wine of Solitude is how, throughout, the weather replicates Helene's moods and life events. When an intricate [...]

    16. Profondo. Autobiografico. Autoreferenziale. Introspettivo. Interattivo. Costruttivo. Il libro è così strutturato:Pt. 1 - infanzia in uno sperduto paesino russo. Pt. 2 - pubertà e trasferimento a Pietroburgo. Pt. 3 - trasferimento in Finlandia; prime infatuazioni e primi baci; prima presa di coscienza del proprio potenziale femminile. Pt.4 - giovinezza in Francia e punto di svolta nell'accettazione del proprio passato rovinoso in virtù di un futuro roseo in cui ripartire da zero, con la consa [...]

    17. Irene Nemirovsky is a good writer. I had read just a book prior to this book by her. That was LE BAL. And that story had the most different characters (A mother who cares less for the daughter and the daughter who seeks revenge on the mother) that I had come across till today. That story stunned me. Later I learnt that her book THE WINE OF SOLITUDE is similar and is told in an extended way. Moreover I also learnt that these both stories are almost autobiographical. In fact this novel is supposed [...]

    18. Originally published in 1935, this is Nemirovsky’s latest novel to be translated into English. Autobiographical in nature, it is very much a portrait of the artist as a young woman.The Karol family (Boris, Bella and their daughter Helene) moves from Kiev to St. Petersburg to Finland to Paris as the events of World War I and the Russian Revolution unfold and force the family to flee. Told largely from Helene’s point of view, we see the life of a lonely girl whose only emotional stability is p [...]

    19. Irene Nemirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903 of Jewish parents. Her family escaped to France in 1918. While living there, she became a successful novelist. She died in Auschwitz in 1942. A number of her books have been translated into English in recent years and have been published in the UK and elsewhere - to critical and commercial success. The Wine of Solitude is the latest such book. It is apparently a largely autobiographical novel. The Wine of Solitude tells the story of young Helene Karol an [...]

    20. È il primo romanzo palesemente autobiografico di Irène Némirovsky, di certo il più personale. Ne è protagonista – e indiretta voce narrante – Hélène, figlia unica di Bella e Boris Karol, prototipo delle tante nefaste coppie coniugali e parentali con cui la scrittrice ha inciso le pagine dei suoi libri.Hélène: una figlia, un rimprovero vivente, un impaccioBella: ferocemente donna, insoddisfatta, madre insofferente, nostalgica, superficiale e infidaBoris: milioni, milioni, milioni e p [...]

    21. In English - The Wine of Solitude. The book is about a girl growing up in a Russian jewish family that rises to riches before and during WWI and is forced to leave at the start of the Russian revolution in 1917. The family ends up in Paris after having spent some time in Finland. This text is an amazing piece of work. The story has several layers to it: the description of the character of a tyrannical and adulterous mother, the solitude of the girl who grows up without friends, the young Russian [...]

    22. Quanto è difficile liberarsi dalle illusioni, dalle finzioni, dalle buone maniere e dalle apparenze? Forse è difficile proprio perchè svelata la realtà resta soltanto la solitudine. Forse è così che si sopravvive. Nascondendo relazioni e amanti, gioco d'azzardo e avidità dietro la perfezione estetica ed esteriore di una famiglia apparentemente perfetta. Particolare è il momento in cui la ancora piccola Hélène, seduta sempre in posizione perfettamente eretta, trova sul suo libro di test [...]

    23. i like everything Irene Nemirovsky writes. honestly i would like to give it another 1/2 star i just can't bring myself to give it four. i take my rating very seriously! i gave both Dogs and Wolves and Suite Francais four stars and i just don't think The Wine of Solitude is the same quality. not that Nemirovsky's writing isn't still great it absolutely is . it is the overall story. i was hoping the story would provide a better picture of the impact both w.w. one and the revolution had on this f [...]

    24. Irene Nemirovsky was indeed a talented author; she died in Auschwitz in 1942 so we can only imagine what wonders she would have written if she had survived. "The Wine of Solitude" follows the childhood of a young girl born into a complete train wreck of a family, an mother who verbally abuses her and a father hooked on gambling and speculating as opposed to fatherhood. Her father leaves Kiev and makes a fortune in St. Petersburg eventually moving his wife and daughter there where they become par [...]

    25. Un'infanzia segnata dal non amore.Come al sempre Irene non mi ha deluso neppure questa volta, grazie alla sua scrittura lineare e perfetta, ci racconta dell'infanzia di una bambina che cresce senza l'amore della madre troppo occupata a farsi bella ed al suo amante, mentre il padre pensa a far soldi ed a recarsi nei casinò. Un racconto definito dalla stessa Irene autobiografico dove capiamo in maniera diretta e cruda quanto possono soffrire figli messi al mondo e non amati, lasciati soli, senza [...]

    26. Irène Némirovsky tarzı çok değişik. buradaki helene'nin duyguları çok değişik hissettirmişti bana. sevgisiz bir ailede rusyanın savaş zamanında yahudi bir ailenin kızı olarak büyümüş, annesine beslediği nefreti kullanmış ve sonunda herşeyi bırakarak kendi özgürlüğüne ve yalnızlığına kavuşmuş ilginç bir karakterdi. güzel kitap vesselam. çok sürükleyici değil. dikkat ederek okumak gerekli. not: yazar bu arada auschwitz kampında soykırımda öldürülmü [...]

    27. Hmmm, a strange story, I wonder why it was written. We have a child, ignored by her parents, stewing for twenty years, gradually thawing as she pities her parents as they age. Neither parent quite deserves any sympathy, both are selfish in their different ways. Makes me wonder if the globe trotting life of Russian oligarchs is still the same a hundred years later.

    28. "Non ho paura della vita" pensò. "Sono stati solo anni di apprendistato. Terribilmente duri, è vero, ma che mi hanno temprata, hanno rafforzato il mio coraggio e il mio orgoglio. E questo mi appartiene, è la mia ricchezza inalienabile. Sono sola, ma la mia solitudine è aspra e inebriante."

    29. A beautifully written novel that evokes a remote place and time a hundred years ago, and the girl growing up in it as she wavers between hope and spite. Wonderful descriptions and good reading.

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