|Irène Némirovsky. Sandra Smith, trans|
|Pages/Publication Date:||153 / 2007|
More than 60 years after her death at Auschwitz, Jewish Parisian novelist Irène Némirovsky became world renowned for her Suite Française—hidden since 1941 in papers she left with her daughter—which won the first posthumous Prix Renaudot. So her new fans were more than a little excited to find a second novel had escaped destruction. Fire in the Blood was also written during the Nazi occupation, and was thought lost until it was recently rediscovered in papers Némirovsky left with her editor. The short novel focuses on a small town in pre-war Burgundy, where middle-aged Silvio returns after decades abroad and begins to regret the life he didn't have there, and though unpolished, it is a fitting companion to Suite Française.