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The Ball (1930)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0676979661, Paperback)From the acclaimed author of Suite Française comes Némirovsky’s third novel, a masterpiece of French literature, available for the first time in Canada.
Le Bal is a penetrating and incisive book set in early twentieth century France. At its heart is the tension between mother and daughter. The nouveau-riche Kampfs, desperate to become members of the social elite, decide to throw a ball to launch themselves into high society. For selfish reasons Mrs. Kampf forbids her teenage daughter, Antoinette, to attend the ball and banishes her to the laundry room. In an unpremeditated fury of revolt and despair, Antoinette takes a swift and horrible revenge. A cruel, funny and tender examination of class differences, Le Bal describes the torments of childhood with rare accuracy.
Also included in this volume is Snow in Autumn, in which Némirovsky pays homage to Chekov and chronicles the life of a devoted servant following her masters as they flee Revolutionary Moscow and emigrate to a life of hardship in Paris.
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Antoinette Kampf's parents want to be accepted into Parisian society, so they decide to hold a lavish ball. No expense is spared, as they hope to create a perfect social event. Antoinette is excited at the prospect of such a grand occasion, until her mother reveals that her presence is not required -- indeed, not wanted. Antoinette decides to wreak a terrible revenge on her mother.
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