book cover of The Pawn on the Chessboard

The Pawn on the Chessboard

(1934)
A novel by

 
 
Irene Nemirovsky
Le Pion sur l'echiquier

Set in France during the economic crisis of the nineteen-thirties, Le Pion sur l'echiquier is an unflinching portrait of a man for whom life has lost all meaning. Son of a steel magnate whose investments crashed, Christophe Bohun works in an International News Agency and lives together with his dying father, wife, mistress and son, in dilapidated grandeur. At a time of external hardship, he appears to have everything and value nothing. Where his father was driven by a ruthless passion for high finance and his teenage son is eaten up with suppressed anger, Nemirovsky presents us with an anti-hero whose bleak interior life is an object lesson in alienation and emotional numbness.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Used availability for Irene Nemirovsky's The Pawn on the Chessboard

Kindle Editions

December 2013 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Pawn on the Chessboard
Author(s): Irene Nemirovsky
Publisher: Lamad Vav Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA