Irène Némirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903 into a wealthy banking family and emigrated to France during the Russian Revolution. After attending the Sorbonne, she began to write and swiftly achieved success with her first novel, David Golder, which was followed by more than a dozen other books. She was arrested by the French police in July 1942 and died in Auschwitz in August, aged 39 (although having converted to Catholicism in 1939, she was Jewish by descent). Her husband, Michel Epstein, was arrested by the French police a few months later in November 1942, and was sent straight to the gas chambers in Auschwitz.
Immediately after arresting Michel, the police went in search of their two +/-