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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Magnificent literature. A rare and special book.

    This superb novel was written by French-Russian writer Irene Nemirovsky before she was deported from France to Auschwitz, where she was murdered. It is as fine as Tolstoy or Hemingway. All of her books are unforgettable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    Beyond a novel, it's a catalyst for introspection and reflection

    This is a very short (137 pages), exquisitely crafted novel. There is a tempo to the writing that relates to the story, intensifying the human emotions that Neirovsky so artfully explores. Who are we? Are we the same person throughout our life span? What do we know about each other? What myths deeply influence our lives? This is a book that engenders both self reflection and affirmation for life. I would especially recommend it to readers over the age of 50. Yet, I also gave it as a gift to my 30-something daughter-in-law because I felt there were significant insights that she would value.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    A Mirror Walking Down a Road

    Nemerovski, who unfortunately met her end at the hands of the Nazis in Auschwitz, obliterating therein one of the seminal literary talents of the twentieth century, has enjoyed a renaissance, based on the recent publication of her masterwork, 'Suite Francaise'. 'Fire in the Blood' was rescued from oblivion by two archivists, who found the complete text in an archive in France. Prior to their discovery, only a couple of pages were known to exist. The plot line is as simple as it is predictable however, the brilliance of the book lies not in the cleverness of presentation, but rather in the beauty of the work. The subtle insights into aging, the luminous depiction of the scenes, the deep insight into character and the ability to unobtrusively present all this material makes for a genuinely engrossing and memorable reading experience. All her books are worth reading and the remainder are likely to be published in English in the near-term future, based on the reception of her already translated works have received. They are all worth reading and all evoke Stendal's observation that a novel should be like a mirror, walking down the road. This glimpse of a vanished society is just like that: a mirror held up and accurately reflecting French rural culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, now long-vanished.

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