Fire in the Blood by Irène Némirovsky audiobook

Fire in the Blood

By Irène Némirovsky
Translated by Sandra Smith
Read by Mark Bramhall

Random House Audio 9780307388001
3.45 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780739357774

Here is a missing piece of the remarkable posthumous legacy of Irène Némirovsky, author of the internationally acclaimed Suite Française. 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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Summary

Summary

Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2007

Here is a missing piece of the remarkable posthumous legacy of Irène Némirovsky, author of the internationally acclaimed Suite Française. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An almost perfect miniature, a tale of divided loves and loyalties set in an insular rural French village.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Knowing that Némirovsky completed this book about the timeless fire of love at the very moment an all-too-historical fire of hatred was snaking through France adds a painful poignancy to the reading experience.” New York Times Book Review
“Beautiful…An enjoyable…portrait of manners from the first half of the last century.” Washington Post Book World
“Courageous, uncompromising…An entire world, vividly rendered, emerges from [these] pages.” Newsday
“[Némirovsky] coolly explores the heat of passions old and new…leav[ing] readers profoundly satisfied with this portrait of la vieille France…so manifestly dear to her.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Némirovsky 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.” Sunday Times (London)
“A worthy companion to Suite Française, it follows three interwoven stories across two decades, when the hot-blooded affairs of youth threaten the cool calm of middle age. Once it has all unraveled, the last line lodges in your heart like a sliver. If only there could have been more.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“A small gem in its depiction of social relations in the French countryside.” Bookmarks magazine
“Another keenly observed study of human nature…Némirovsky’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.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Irène Némirovsky

Author Bio: Irène Némirovsky

Irène Némirovsky (1903–1942), was born in Kiev, Ukraine, into a wealthy banking family and emigrated to France during the Russian Revolution. After attending the Sorbonne in Paris, she began to write and swiftly achieved success with David Golder, which was followed by more than a dozen other books. Throughout her lifetime she published widely in French newspapers and literary journals. She died in Auschwitz in 1942. More than sixty years later, Suite Française was published posthumously, for the first time. It became an international bestseller, with nearly a million copies in print in the United States alone.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English