Sandra Smith (Translator)


Sandra Smith is a translator. She was a Fellow of Robinson College in Cambridge, and now lives in New York. Her translation of Némirovsky’s Suite Française won the French-American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize for fiction, the PEN Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize, and the Independent British Booksellers Book of the Year prize and was voted Book of the Year by The Times of London.

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Suite Française

20th Century

These two novels were written in 1942, before their author was arrested by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz where she died of typhoid. The novels and notes were kept in a suitcase and taken by her daughter when she fled from the Nazis during the war. After that, the suitcase remained unopened until 1998. This is a review of Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française.