for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

The Onlooker

tomorrow morning (friday 25th), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 12.30am)
the onlooker, by irene nemirovsky (only 1 episode) (narrated by david suchet) (in the book of the week series)

Paris at the outbreak of World War TwoL Hugo is a classic dandy in the European tradition. He spends his time dining with aristocrats, enjoying all the delicacies and fine art Paris has to offer. But he is an outsider, an American with an international heritage. It’s a status he enjoys and that he believes – along with his wealth – insulates him from the imminent war. But that war eventually comes to get him.
Irene N√©mirovsky is best known for her novel Suite Francaise. She was also a highly accomplished short story writer, and this is an example of her mastery of the form. A story of exquisite taste with a sting in its tale, made even more poignant in the knowledge that N√©mirovsky herself perished in a Nazi death camp.”

(if you miss it, available at


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