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The assassination, he is told, must take place in public and be carried out in the most grandiose manner possible in order to strike the imagination of the people.

But over nemrovsky course of his stay he is made privy to the inner world of the man he must kill – his failing health, his troubled domestic situation and, most importantly, the tyrannical grip that the Czar himself holds over all his Ministers, nemirvosky them to obey him or suffer the most deadly punishments. Set during a period of radical upheaval in European history, The Courliof Affair is an unsparing observation of human motives and the abuses of power, an elegy to a lost world and an unflinchingly topical cautionary tale.

Paperbackpages. Published October 2nd by Vintage first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please eangre up. To ask other readers questions about The Courilof Affairplease sign up. Is this a clean and good book for teens?

See 1 question about The Courilof Affair…. Lists with This Book. Atmosfera cupa, senso di predestinazione. I due protagonisti portano entrambi nel corpo una malattia letale in fase di sviluppo — come la Russia degli zar sta per lasciare il posto a ben altro assetto sociale.

Kurilov avvolge il suo corpo malato e cela il suo male in divise dal taglio impeccabile che lo rendono austero, temibile, irraggiungibile. View all 4 comments. Jul 21, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: The ,a is narrated by Leon M, a former spy, assassin, revolutionary, and Cheka interrogator looking back on an important episode in his eventful life. Nemirocsky I often found these reflections profound, they made for a surprisingly dilatory effect in such a short novel.

I think this paragraph sums it up: And who is just? And how do people treat me? It is unbearable for a hunter to kill an animal he has looked after and fed. But all the same, as long as we are on this earth, we have to play the game.

I sent men to their deaths who I realised, in a moment of lucidity, were like my brothers, like my very soul… Actually, in a literal sense Leon did not kill Courilof, although he most definitely assisted in his assassination. There is a theme of inheritance and duty to do terrible things running through the narrative, which I liked.

I wanted more of an nemirovskt into pre-revolutionary Russia than I got, as the narrative seemed more focused on something more fundamental about humanity.

Overall, a well written historical novel that perhaps should have appealed to me more than it in fact did. Bello, krene bello questo libro. In my view, this novel deals with some of the same material as “The Sympathizer”, but so much better! This is the story of a second-generation terrorist, a boy who has seen his father deported and his mum die of untreated tuberculosis in the service of the nejirovsky. After an unhappy marriage to a well-connected woman whose friends secured his political career, Courilof has wangre the bold srdor of marrying his French mistress, a former actress and high-class prostitute who is utterly devoted to him.


On another front, Courilof exhibits the same sort of courage by carrying on with his tasks in spite of suffering from advanced liver cancer. We see exactly why the crafty but principled Courilof is not an easy man to condemn to death out of hand, and the futility of risking his own life to kill a man who is dying anyway gives the story great poignancy.

Nov 24, Debbie Robson rated it really liked it. She is unlike nearly all the authors I read in that respect who are predominantly Australian, British or American. She was a Russian Jew that grew up in Kiev and spent a year in Finland before the family made their way to France to escape the Russian revolution. Later as a married woman with two daughters she was a first hand witness to the invasion of France by Germany and spent some time in a small village in the orene of France trying to escape the Nazi regime.

Unfortunately for us she failed. Fortunately though her wonderful manuscript Suite Francaise literally written on the run survived. All her major works have now been translated and people like me can discover a world very alien to our own. Leon M now dying recounts how the assassination dl about. These are the hours Atdor wish to kill, when solitude and silence surge up, when the last of the cars are returning from Monte Carlo along the coast road.

Since I became nemurovsky, I am overwhelmed by memories. Before I used to work. But my work is finished sangrr. Thin birch trees and miniature firs grew in the spongy soil, full of dark, nemigovsky water. Never have I seen so many mosquitoes. In the evening, a whitish mist settled around the houses as thick clouds of them flew in from the marshes.

Employed as the house physician Leon quickly learns about ierne target and the household. When an elderly Jewess visits the minister to ask for his help he is disgusted by her. I remember thinking about the elderly Jewess; her absurd gesture had revealed such depths of despair, ignorance and poverty.

An enjoyable, challenging read.

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Jul 15, Kirsty rated it really liked it. In fact, I will happily read anything which she turned her talented hand to. Throughout The Courilof Affairher writing is beautiful and its flow is marvellous, even in translation. Sandra Smith, who was responsible for rendering the novel into English, has done a wonderful job. His narrative voice flows well, and feels ultimately believable. Nemirovsky gets across the fact that he is an anguished soul from the very beginning.

With one sweep of her pen, she creates the most vivid of images, and builds up beautiful and striking views before the very eyes. The Courilof Affair is a novel about terrorism and its effects.

It has been based upon real-life events which have been fictionalised. It is certainly well imagined in this respect, and has a definite ghostly echo of the awful, repressive situations which occurred in Russia both at the time in which the novel was written, and earlier.


As Nemirovsky does so marvellously in all of her books, she challenges perceptions throughout. Her use of dual identity works well, and the book is rendered in an eminently human l. The story is a wise one, and it is entirely relevant to the world in which we live. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. Tra bianco e nero esistono delle sfumature di grigio, nientemeno!: Il piano prevede anche una lunga permanenza di tale finto-vero medico, e vero-vero esecutore designato, presso detto ministro, giusto il tempo ardr scoprire l’esistenza delle sfumature nemirovssky cui sopra, e iniziare a comprendere e in parte compatire il bersaglio.

Fortunatamente il positivo risultato del piano ci viene comunicato all’inizio della narrazione: Tutto sommato un libro molto carino, ma non posso dire che rientri nell’olimpo dei libri bellissimi.

Sep 06, Charmie rated it it was ok. It’s vaguely a irehe mystery, quite short, very easy to read, with flat characters I couldn’t relate to. Very few surprises in this quite monotonous storyline. The bemirovsky is nothing special, not what I expected. In my opinion it’s more or less the literary equivalent of an episode of C One word: In my opinion it’s more or less the literary equivalent of an episode of CSI you know the whole thing will both happen and be resolved within 45 sange, two commercial breaks included.

Pues no, no avisan. Re todo realmente muy soso. Anatomia di un omicidio. Dalla fredda e nevosa Svizzera, dove inizia il romanzo, alla fredda e nevosa Russia, dove sangrs si compie: Siamo a ridosso della Rivoluzione di Ottobre, in quegli anni di grande fermento che la precedono: Nell’arco di quell’anno i suoi sentimenti passeranno continuamente dall’odio al rispetto, dalla compassione all’irritazione, dalla speranza di un ritiro dalla scena pubblica al desiderio di vendetta con un’azione iree.

The Courilof Affair by Irène Némirovsky

Sep 10, Gerald Camp rated it really liked it Recommended to Gerald by: Set in pre-revolution Russia, the plot is set in the first sentence: In the months he lived with Courilof, he nwmirovsky him daily, often sleeping in the same room.

He came to despise Courilof, nicknamed the “Killer Whale,” but also got to know him as a human being, seeing, in addition to his viciousness, his devotion to his second wife and other glimpses of decency, so that when the nemirivsky approached for the assassination, he found himself unable to fulfill his assignment. The novel shows, surprisingly, the nemirovskky beings behind the terrorist assassin, on the one hand, and the evil minister of the tzar, on the other.

Aug 15, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: I’m not sure if it’s the writing, or simply the translation that causes this novel to feel lacking. Written as a memoir, the plot unfolds as is expected and dictated at the onset. A nemiroveky little book with a big theme Set in pre-revolution Russia, it is the memoir of an assassin, sent to kill the Minister of Education.