Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood

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Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky, Mark Bramhall

A new treasure unearthed by Némirovsky’s biographers: another never-before-published novel from the author of the #1 bestselling Suite Française.

This perfect gem of a novel was discovered only recently in separate archive files. A few pages were in the famous suitcase that Irène Némirovsky’s daughters saved, but the balance had been deposited with a very close friend during the war. A morality tale with doubtful morals, a story of murder, love and betrayal in rural France, Fire in the Blood, planned in 1937 and written in 1941, is set in a small village (based on Issy l’Evèque, where Suite Française was written), and brilliantly prefigures the village community in her later masterpiece.

Fire in the Blood is a beautiful chamber piece which starts quietly, lyrically, but then races away with revelations and narrative twists in a story about young women forced into marriages with old men, about mothers and daughters, stepmothers and stepdaughters, youthful passions and the regrets of old age, about peasant communities and the ways they hide their secrets. Némirovsky looks at her characters, both young and old, with the same clear-eyed distance and humanity as she displayed in Suite Française, unpeeling layer after layer. As atmospheric and haunting as Sándor Márai’s Embers, and with the crystalline perfection of Chekhov, Fire in the Blood is another gripping literary find.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739357767
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2007
Edition description: Unabridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Irène Némirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903 into a wealthy banking family and emigrated to France during the Russian Revolution. After attending the Sorbonne, she began to write and swiftly achieved success with an early novel, David Golder, which was followed by The Ball, Snow in Autumn, Dogs and Wolves, and The Courilof Affair, among others. She died in Auschwitz in 1942.

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Fire in the Blood 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second time I've read this novel. I read it the first time it was published in 2008. I had already read Suite Francais which I loved. Reading this novel again was like finding a gem in my bookcase. Since this novel is short, it was easy to become obssessed in reading it again right to the end. This story with its tragic characters can leave you wanting more. Now that more of Irene's stories have been published, I read be reading more.
Book_Maven777 More than 1 year ago
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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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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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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