Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood

By Irene Nemirovsky; Sandra Smith, Dr (Translator)

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307388001, 137pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 2008

From the celebrated author of the international bestseller "Suite Francaise," a newly discovered novel, a story of passion and long-kept secrets, set against the background of a rural French village in the years before World War II.Written in 1941, "Fire in the Blood" - 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 novel is Silvio, who has returned to this small town after years away. 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.

About the Author
Nee en 1903 a Kiev, Irene Nemirovsky connait le succesdes son premier roman, David Golder (1929), puis avec LeBal (1930). En juin 1940, elle se refugie dans un village duMorvan avant d etre arretee par les gendarmes francais, puis assassinee a Auschwitz, l ete 1942. Agee de treizeans, sa fille ainee, Denise, emporte dans sa fuite une valisecontenant une relique douloureuse: le manuscrit ultime desa mere, Suite francaise, inedit jusqu en 2004, qui obtint atitre posthume le prix Renaudot.

Sandra Smith is the translator of all twelve novels by Irene Nemirovsky; a new translation of Camus L Etranger (The Outsider, Penguin UK); and The Necklace and Other Stories: Maupassant for Modern Times (Liveright). Her translation of Nemirovsky s Suite Francaise won the French-American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize for Fiction, as well as the PEN Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize. After ten years as a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, Smith now lives in New York.

Praise For Fire in the Blood

“Beautiful. . . . An enjoyable . . . portrait of manners from the first half of the last century.”
The Washington Post Book World

"Courageous, uncompromising. . . . An entire world, vividly rendered, emerges from [these] pages.”

“An almost perfect miniature, a tale of divided loves and loyalties set in an insular rural French village.”
O, Oprah Magazine

“[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