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.
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Product details

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

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"Courageous, uncompromising . . . An entire world, vividly rendered, emerges from [these] pages . . . Nemirovsky sets the tragedies of the plot in motion so unobtrusively, yet so surely, that when they come together the book has the inevitability-and yet the shock-that characterizes the books that mark us . . . If Thomas Hardy were alive to read "Fire in the Blood, " I think he'd recognize Nemirovsky as kin."
-Charles Taylor, "Newsday
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"With startling economy, Nemirovsky telegraphs the prejudices, passions and taboos that govern life in this isolated community . . . Subdued on its surface, but with a tamped-down sensuality that gives it a near-vicious narrative drive, the book has a powerful sting in its tail. Translator Sandra Smith deftly renders its noirish bite into English, giving us a taste of what Nemirovsky the writer was like before history handed her the subject matter that killed her."
-Michael Upchurch, "Seattle Times
""Posthumous second acts are tough.e
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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.
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3,782 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 22% (826)
4 43% (1,639)
3 29% (1,085)
2 5% (197)
1 1% (35)
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