Introspective intense and poignant the wine of solitude is the most autobiographical of all irne nmirovskys novels now available in english for the first time imbued with melancholy and regret it explores the troubled relationship between a young girl her distant self absorbed mother and her mothers lover max. This atmospheric tale of migrs and instability impresses helen dunmore. Beginning in a fictionalized kiev the wine of solitude follows the karol family through the great war and the russian revolution as the young hlne grows from a dreamy unhappy child into a strong willed young woman. Readers familiar with nmirovskys work suite franaise was a best seller when it was published posthumously in 2006 will recognize her touch in the wine of solitude from the lapidary . The wine of solitude plumbs the depth of human emotion in each of the characters in all its pain and ugliness and forces us to look who is the victim and who the culprit there is sadness and loss to helenes story but also joy
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