Irène Némirovsky – David Golder

A musty portrait

Written in the Twenties, this work has a nineteenth-century structure. The plot, all too predictable in its development, revolves around the figure of the eponymous hero of the novel. The resulting portrait was is intended to be a harsh accusation indictment of high society, where everything, even affections, is reduced to commodities, but unfortunately it’s nothing more than a parade of disturbing caricatures. Overrated.

Translation by Amneris Di Cesare (edited by Roma O’Flaherty)