This perfect gem of a novel by the author of the posthumously acclaimed and bestselling "Suite Francaise" has never previously been published and was discovered only recently in separate archive files. A couple of pages were in the famous suitcase which her daughters saved, and the balance had been deposited with a family friend and editor during ...
This perfect gem of a novel by the author of the posthumously acclaimed and bestselling "Suite Francaise" has never previously been published and was discovered only recently in separate archive files. A couple of pages were in the famous suitcase which her daughters saved, and the balance had been deposited with a family friend and editor 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, written in 1941, is set in a small village, based on Issy-l'Eveque where "Suite Francaise" was written, and brilliantly prefigures the village community in her later masterpiece.An old man looks back on a chequered life with secret regrets, concealing a truth he will not reveal until the end. "Fire in the Blood" is a small and 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 way they hide their secrets. Nemirovsky looks at her characters, both young and old, with the same clear-eyed distance and humanity as she displayed in "Suite Francaise", unpeeling layer after layer. Atmospheric and haunting as "Embers" and with the crystalline perfection of "Chekhov", "Fire in the Blood" is a gripping literary find..
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New in new dust jacket. Tight binding with clean text. New. Dustjacket has slight wear around the edges and a small tear.. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 137 p. Audience: General/trade. From the author of the acclaimed and bestselling "Suite Franaise" comes a newly discovered, never-before-published novel--a story teeming with the life of a small French village in the years before World War II.
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Looking at the short life of Irene Nemirovsky it would seem that she was in the atmosphere of Ernest Heminway and his group of writers in Paris, if she did not meet and talk with them. Her prose is simple like Hemingway's and very prosaic. She was able to publish quite a lot during the time period 1928-1937 and I hope that English translations come out for her other books. This book examines a paysan community in 1930s French rural region and their complicated but tightly bound connections in pre World War II France. It was complete before her death and smuggled out of Nazi occupied France by her husband and two girls. She was born of wealthy banking family in Kiev and left for France during the Russian revolution of 1917. She was arrested in 1942 and died at Auschwitz. It would be interesting to see where her Suite Francaise would have taken her as some reviewers have compared it to a French War and Peace. I read this book in one sitting and am confident that this lady of Jewish heritage would have become one of the world's great writers if not already so. Paysan says the translator is a tough word to translate into English. They were more than just peasants or farmers but a whole rural community. The beginning of the story leaves us unexpected for the end but it is logical considering the roles of the various characters. Suite Francaise was published for the first time in France in 2006 sixty two years after its writing and contains the same rural aristocrats as in this Fire in Blood.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-11-26 Silvio, the narrator of Nemirovsky's brief, posthumously published novel, lives alone on his small farm in pre-WWII rural France, committed to his permanent bachelorhood. But as he watches the affairs of young people around him, he recalls his early love life and the dying embers in his spirit start to glow again. Bramhall reflects this well in his deep, harsh voice by building up from Silvio's tone of quiet disdain and aloofness into one of possessive fervor. The French-accented English he uses for all conversation helps listeners place the story on a cognitive map. His voice lulls listeners past noticing the novel's unfinished state. The dropped strands of the plot, the chapters consisting of just a few paragraphs and the scenes with rougher edges all fade thanks to his low but intense growl. Fans of Nemirovsky's more polished Suite Fran?aise and romantics with a taste for passionately spoken French, will be swept up by this entrancing and evocative tale. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 3). (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2007-09-03 When she was writing Suite Francaise in 1940, Nemirovsky, who died in Auschwitz in 1942 before turning 40, was also reworking this novel, newly discovered among her papers. Though composed on a smaller canvas, it is another keenly observed study of human nature, and in this case of Burgundy paysans. In a leisurely narrative, middle-aged narrator Silvio recounts three interlocking stories of love and betrayal over two decades. These secret affairs, he says, can be explained only by "fire in the blood," the intense passion that can overtake men and women when they are young, highly sexed and vulnerable. Silvio's laconic descriptions of unappeasable desire are seasoned by bitter assessment of the wisdom earned after things cool. Linked through blood and common local history, the characters in this la ronde of betrayal exist in a seemingly idyllic community that is always alert for deviations from the social code. Nemirovsky's restraint in unfolding her story contributes to the emotional crescendo at the story's denouement. In its penetrating distillation of manners and mores, this spare and elegant book makes a worthy follow-up to Suite. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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