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Paris 1942, Irène Némirovsky has nine minutes to pack and leave her husband and two daughters, before being deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. In Auschwitz, every night, as an antidote to her pain, her mind traces the childhood memories: her life in Kiev and Moscow, her exile in Finland and Sweden and, finally, arriving in her beloved France.This biographical novel imagined by Federica Lauto takes us on a journey into the inner world of one of the most important and prolific female authors of the twentieth century, whose days are intertwined with those of History with a capital “h”: from the Russian Revolution to the Twenties and Thirties Central Europe, from Hitler’s rise to power to the outbreak of World War II. Federica Lauto’s tribute to Irène Némirovsky is based on her scrupulous and accurate research of the writer’s life and novels, from which emerge conflicts in the family, and in particular with her mother, professional successes and disappointments. Furthermore, Némirovsky’s desire to belong to the places where she lives arises and throbs. In particular Paris, a city that will make her feel both loved and rejected, like a daughter who was welcomed but never really wanted.


Federica Lauto, former councilor for equal opportunity in Grado, is a writer and psychotherapist, passionate about singing and her beloved lagoon. During her studies she lived in Padua, where she worked for a school integration service for visually impaired children. Federica was among the participants of the talent show for aspiring writers, Masterpiece, broadcast on Rai Tre in 2013/2014. Author of the collection I racconti del viale (Cleup, 2016 ), she is working on her next novel.

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