Sandra Smith (NYU, the Sorbonne and Cambridge) taught French literature at Cambridge University for many years before moving back to New York. She has lectured at Barnard, Columbia, Harvard and Sarah Lawrence. She is also the prize-winning literary translator of Irene Nemirovsky (12 novels including Suite Francaise), Camus (The Stranger) and Guy de Maupassant, among others.
The Life and Works of Irene Nemirovsky (and a Sneak Preview!)
Irene Nemirovsky was a famous writer in France before she was arrested and later killed at Auschwitz. Many of her works describe the lives of Jewish immigrants in France in the interwar period, as well as provide insight into French society of the time. A novella of hers, coming out in September, is The Prodigal Child. This was translated by Sandra, who will give a sneak preview of the work. (The first part of this lecture was last given for the Collaborative about five years ago.)