Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood

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Here is a missing piece of the remarkable posthumous legacy of Irene Nemirovsky, author of the internationally acclaimed "Suite Francaise." The novel-only now assembled in its entirety-teems with the intertwined lives of an insular French village in the years before the war, when "peace" was less important as a political state than as a coveted personal condition: the untroubled pinnacle of happiness. At the center of the tale is Silvio: in his younger years he fled the boredom of the village and made a life of travel and adventure. Now he's returned, living in a farmer's hovel in the middle of the woods, and, much to his family's chagrin, perfectly content with his solitude. As his narration unfolds, we are given an intimate picture of the loves and infidelities, the scandals, the youthful ardor and regrets of age that tie Silvio to the long-guarded secrets of the past.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio | 3 pages
  • 129.54 x 147.32 x 15.24mm | 113.4g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 073935776X
  • 9780739357767

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"Stripped of the backdrop of war, the natural surroundings of "Fire In The Blood" add a depth and resonance to each of the story's characters, whether young or old, male or female. Subtle in its intention, this novella takes humanity in all its guises and captures the deep-seated desire for belonging and understanding." - Anna Millar, "Scotland on Sunday " ""Fire in the Blood," on which it seems she was still working when she was taken away to her death, confirms Nemirovsky's brilliance as a storyteller with a deep understanding of the hidden flaws and cruelties not just in French society but in the human heart." - Anne Chisholm, "The Telegraph" (UK) "Passion and dispassion stare at each other with mutual lack of understanding. In a book fuelled with images of fire and embers, Nemirovsky brilliantly depicts a closed-in, inward-looking community, then gives what happens in it universal resonance by exhibiting not only what people do to each other but what the passing of time does to us all." -Peter Kemp, "Sunday Times" (UK) "Like the second half of Suite Francaise, "Fire in the Blood" is set in a small, isolated village in rural France and displays, once again, Nemirovsky's unnerving ability to map out her characters' internal faults with a humanity reminiscent of Chekhov.... Nemirovsky is superb at teasing out people's personal worlds, disillusionment, moral hypocrisy and the ways in which old age invariably shows happiness to be little more than a youthful dream." --"Metro" (UK) "From the Hardcover edition."show more

About Irène Némirovsky

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.show more

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2 5% (185)
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