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Irene Nemirovsky's debut novel is a brilliant synthesis that illuminates the gaping fissures in the French class system wrought by the First World War and industrialisation.

Yves's finances are in dire straits but he gets an opportunity to start afresh with a friend in Finland. Denise is distraught at the lack of contact from him.

Denise - Sarah Smart
Yves - Joseph Kloska
Jean Lors - Jake Ferretti
Francette - Charlotte Sienna Lee
Adel - Emma Gregory

Translated by Sandra Smith
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

14 minutes

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