"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