Book Talk with Susan Suleiman

07-27-17_Susan SuleimanBook Talk: The Némirovsky Question

With Susan Suleiman

On Thursday, July 27th at 5pm, join us at the West Tisbury Library for a book talk with Susan Suleiman. She will discuss her new book, The Némirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in 20th-Century France. Némirovsky, a Russian Jewish immigrant to France, achieved a brilliant career as a novelist during the 1930s, but was deported from France as a “foreign Jew” in 1942 and died in Auschwitz. Forgotten for many years, she made a spectacular return when her posthumous novel Suite Française was published in 2004. Some readers, however, consider Némirovsky a “Jewish antisemite.” Suleiman’s book explores the question of Jewish identity in her life, her fiction, and in the lives of her descendants. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Susan Rubin Suleiman was born in Budapest, and immigrated to the U.S. as a child with her parents. She has been on the Harvard faculty for more than 35 years, and is currently the C. Douglas Dillon Research Professor of the Civilization of France and Research Professor of Comparative Literature. Her latest book is The Némirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in 20th-Century France (2016); other books include Crises of Memory and the Second World War, Subversive Intent: Gender, Politics, and the Avant-Garde, Risking Who One Is: Encounters with Contemporary Art and Literature, and the memoir Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherbook.