Le Bal
By Irene Nemirovsky
Translated by Sandra Smith
Vintage £7.99
FT bookshop price: £6.39

The latest gem from the rehabilitated canon of Irene Nemirovsky is Le Bal, the title story in this two-header. As you would expect, it’s full of social comment and adolescent angst.

It takes place on the night of a grand ball hosted by the socially ambitious Kampf family. Alas, Mrs Kampf has forbidden her 14-year-old daughter Antoinette from attending – so the teenager enacts a shocking revenge.

In the second story, “Snow in Autumn”, Nemirovsky returns to more familiar territory, telling the tale of Tatiana, a loyal servant forced to escape revolutionary Moscow. The story reminds us that when Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz we lost a huge talent.

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