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Fire in the Blood
by Irene Nemirovsky | Romance
Registered by keithpp of Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on 1/30/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by keithpp from Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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How Fire in the Blood came to be found and published is almost as interesting as the novel itself.

Irene Nemirovsky was in the habit of handing her handwritten manuscripts to her husband to type. Many years after her death (she was sent to die in the gas chambers at Auschwitz), a part-typewritten manuscript was discovered in a suitcase (where was also found Suite Francaise). This was only a few pages, and so it was thought the book was lost, until her original handwritten manuscript came to light, having been safely deposited during the war with a family friend and editor.

More on the discovery of the book can be found in the introduction to the book by the two guys who discovered it, but why does the English translation not contain their full account!

Originally published in French as Chaleur du Sang by the publishers who discovered and published Suite Francaise.

A morality tale of doubtful morals, murder and love and harmful secrets, set in a village loosely based on the village where Suite Francaise was written, the village Irene Nemirovsky had moved to from Paris following the German invasion.

Fire in the Blood was recently read on BBC Radio 4.

Irene Nemirovsky (1903-1942) was born in Kiev. In 1918, she was living with her family outside St Petersburg, the family then fled from the Russian Revolution to France. In France she was a successful writer, until the Germans stopped her under German occupation. July 1942, she was arrested and interned in the Pithiviers concentration camp, from where she was immediately deported to Auschwitz where she died August 1942.

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Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky [see BCID 5838965]

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The House at Riverton by Kate Morton [see BCID 5659603]

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon [see BCID 5712322]

The Girl at the Lion D'Or by Sebastian Faulks [see BCID 5600460]


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