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Fire in the Blood

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  3,322 Ratings  ·  550 Reviews
At the center of the tale is Silvio, who in his younger years fled the boredom of the village for of travel and adventure, returns to live in a farmer's hovel in the middle of the woods. Much to his family's dismay, Silvio is content with his solitude. But when he attends the wedding of his favorite young cousin, Silvio begins to be drawn back into the complicated life of ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published 2007 by Chatto & Windus
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Samadrita
3.5/5

A contemplative novella exploring the contradictions between the fiery ardor of youth and the cold complacency of old age, against the backdrop of a close-knit rural community in the French countryside. The writing lacks polish but it is good enough to warrant further delving into Irène Némirovsky's oeuvre.
sage
Feb 05, 2008 sage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, fiction
About ten years ago I took a course in French Women Writers (in translation). Irène Némirovsky wasn't included, but we read a lot of Colette, de Beauvoir, Duras, and Yourcenar.

There's a particular tone of writing they all have in common -- maybe it's a fundamental to the way women write in French, or maybe it's fundamental to the experience of being a French woman (although Yourcenar immigrated to eastern Canada). I don't know. But this fit in beautifully with what I read and loved before.

I'm sp
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orsodimondo
OGGI PIÙ DI IERI E MOLTO MENO DI DOMANI
La grande narrativa europea, la grande letteratura francese.
Io ho percepito e annusato Proust, Flaubert, perfino Simenon...

Se non che, Irène Némirovsky francese non è, viene da uno dei paesi più martoriati della storia.

Ho letto un grande libro, amore a prima vista, piacere intenso distillato nell’arco di 24 ore e un breve viaggio.
Dovrei anche dire, la grande provincia francese, che su di me sicuramente esercita una malia.

Il quieto stagno, che certo lago
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arcobaleno
Jul 18, 2015 arcobaleno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avevo bisogno di gustare di nuovo la Némirovsky, dopo la delusione di Due. Ringrazio ‘swirlingclouds’ per l'incoraggiamento e il consiglio.
Ho ritrovato infatti ne Il calore del sangue la stessa Némirovsky già conosciuta e apprezzata in Suite francese e in altri suoi romanzi letti in precedenza: ancora una volta, dunque, l’Autrice si rivela profonda conoscitrice dell’animo umano, non solo femminile, di cui risulta capace di rappresentare ogni sfumatura; ancora una volta riesce a descrivere sentim
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Amanda
Sep 27, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nemirovsky's prose, translated from French into English, made me want to retake high school French all over again so I could read this beautiful novella in its original language. In Fire in the Blood, Nemirovsky explores the transition from the passion of youth to the wisdom of old age. The novella's narrator is an old french farmer who has lived out his adult life in the same rural french village. I found it interesting that Nemirovsky decided to tell the story from a male's perspective becaus ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
"Fire in the blood, how quickly it burns out."

This extremely short novel is narrated by Silvio. He spent most of his life roaming the world and having exotic mistresses. Now he has come home to roost in a hovel near a small French village. Looking back on his life, he wonders why he ever felt the need to wander. All he wants now is to be left alone to drink his wine, write, and watch the seasons pass. He tells the stories of youth and passion and betrayal among some of the locals, both past and
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Sandra
Aug 31, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
La tesi da cui prende spunto la Nemirovsky per imbastire la trama apparentemente semplice di questo breve romanzo è altrettanto semplice, in superficie: “il calore del sangue” è una febbre che infiamma e brucia l’anima, dura poco, come l’alta marea che arriva, distrugge i castelli e i giochi sulla sabbia e poi scompare all’improvviso come è arrivata. “A vent’anni qualcuno fa irruzione nelle nostre vite. Sì, uno sconosciuto, esuberante e alato, radioso, che ci accende il sangue, ci devasta la vit ...more
Laurel
Jan 24, 2008 Laurel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
Irene Nemirovsky, author of Suite Francaise, wrote another winner in 1941 before her death at Auschwitz.The story takes place in an isolated French village before WW11. Silvio, a solitary person in his older years, is drawn into a scandal in this small village. "As his narration unvolds, 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." This 129 page novel left me no time t ...more
Andrew
Aug 12, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fine piece of writing from the pen of the tragic Irene Nemirovsky,whose previous,post-humous novel,'Suite Francaise', garnered such rich praise. This short novel is intense & claustraphobic,detailing perfectly a small French town's secret,illicit passions,which rebound wildly every which way on the main characters' lives during the penumbral 1930s.It is full of typical Gallic perfidy,in a period when France was spiralling downwards towards the shame & humiliation of the capitulati ...more
Petra
Oct 07, 2015 Petra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of secrets and loyalty in a small French town.
The characters are so very human; each was a good, kind character, full of flaws that brought happiness, pain, hurt.
This was all about secrets, actions, consequences and loyalty in all its forms. And Love. The love of youth that burns like "fire in the blood" being the truest form of the emotion and yet the most fickle and easiest to burn out.
Irene Nemirovsky was a wonderful author. She could have been one of the greater, remembered ones
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Bastet
Nov 22, 2014 Bastet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El germen que llevó a Irène Némirovsky a escribir esta magnífica novela corta o relato largo (ella misma dudaba) es lo que ella llama el «ardor de la sangre», esa «llamarada de sueños», ese «fuego sordo y oculto» que nos consume en la juventud.

Es meritoria la capacidad de Némirovsky a la hora de condensar en tan pocas páginas la historia de dos generaciones de una familia en un pueblo francés. El tema de la novela es la herencia de padres a hijos (en este caso, de madre a hija) de determinados c
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Delphine
Sep 19, 2007 Delphine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Dans un village des années 1930, Silvio se souvient des amours passées de François et Hélène. Leur fille Colette épouse Jean Dorin, mais celui-ci se noie accidentellement en rentrant chez lui. Mais était-ce bien un accident? Ce roman qui commence comme un récit paysan assez traditionnel finit par soulever les secrets des divers protagonistes, ceux que l'on croyait bien enfouis, mais que Silvio connait sur le bout des doigts.

J'ai bien aimé ce roman qui monte en puissance petit à petit vers une fi
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korey
Dec 30, 2007 korey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mustread
You just can't go wrong with Irene Nemirovsky. Her books are so great to read. Like Suite Francaise, Fire in the Blood is a book about people and place. This book is similar to Dolce in Suite Francaise. She had such a talent for characterization and description of place. It's as if you are there with these people. And, like Nemirovsky's other stories, she throws in twists and turns that you never really saw coming. I love that. This is definitely a "Must Read" if you liked Suite Francaise.
Sara Simula
Oct 02, 2015 Sara Simula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un bellissimo e denso romanzo-novella sulla giovinezza, osservata attraverso occhi un po' malinconici, spesso indulgenti, sicuramente tenuti ancora in vita da quel "calore del sangue" di cui Irène Némirovsky è orgogliosa prigioniera. Una riflessione parallela su invecchiamento e gioventù, freddo e caldo, che finiscono inevitabilmente per confondersi e unirsi quando i ricordi affiorano, avvicinando anche genitori e figli nello stesso vortice. La campagna fa da sfondo a un mondo che in apparenza è ...more
Tony
Dec 19, 2009 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Fire in the Blood does not have the complexity and scope of Suite Francaise nor the character development of David Golder. It's shallow, immaturely plotted and, well, just not very good.
Roberta
Jun 17, 2015 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, france
Chaleur du sang

Stanotte attraverseranno un gran numero di paesini tranquilli, di villaggi sonnolenti, e passeranno accanto alle grandi case silenziose e scure perdute nella campagna: non immagineranno nemmeno che ogni cosa ha una vita profonda e segreta, che loro sono destinati a non conoscere.
In un paesino della campagna francese, Issi-l'Eveque, un uomo ormai anziano, Silvio, vive isolato, come un fauno in ritiro, nella propria casa. I suoi parenti, invece, Hélène e Francois, hanno vissuto una
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Patty
Il calore del sangue è un romanzo breve ma densissimo, da centellinare come un vino pregiatissimo.
E’ ambientato nello stesso paesino del Morvan dove Némirovsky con la sua famiglia cercò inutilmente rifugio dalle leggi antirazziali e dove sarà arrestata nel luglio del ’42 e deportata ad Auschwitz (morirà pochissimi mesi dopo).
E’ ritratta la tranquilla provincia rurale francese, ma già dalle prime pagine, con la sua straordinaria soave crudeltà, Némirovsky insinua poche note stridenti che aprono
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Aprile
Jun 17, 2012 Aprile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo sapevo, lo sapevo che nella Némirovsky c’era qualcosa di veramente valido, ne avevo avuto evidente indizio con "Il Malinteso", con "Il ballo", meno in "Due", ma ne "Il calore del sangue" trovo che abbia raggiunto un grande risultato. Mi ha ricordato "Le braci" di Márai, forse per quella bellissima dimostrazione di tolleranza verso le azioni altrui quando dettate dal calore del sangue della giovinezza, anche le meno nobili, tolleranza non come frutto dell’indifferenza, ma di un lungo lavoro di ...more
Roberto
Jan 27, 2013 Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


La storia inizia in modo semplice e quasi insignificante, descrivendo un gruppo di persone che vive nella Francia rurale all'inizio del novecento. Poi ad un tratto le cose cambiano, i personaggi, inizialmente quasi insignificanti, cambiano prospettiva e si scoprono dettagli che ce li mostrano in un'altra luce, con tutte le loro debolezze ed il loro passato.
Un passato di relazioni illecite, di figli illegittimi, di ipocrisie, di passioni. É il calore del sangue, quella passione che in gioventù ci
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Angie
This novella, found among the writer's papers, is a gem. Surprising and haunting--for a woman nearing her fortieth year and the year of her death--the novel is told from the point of view of an older man who complains of having lost all desire for life at a family gathering to celebrate the engagement of his niece.

As the niece's marriage proves less than promising and another young woman's marriage to a much older man causes understandable difficulties, we discover that these patterns were repea
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Erin
Jun 01, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How amazing is it that a tiny novella can remind me about why I love to read. Fire in the Blood is a compelling and important work about a group of people in a French community. It's also about how people love and the secrets that we keep.
Piperitapitta
Ho perso le parole.

Chissà quante altre ancora invece avrebbe saputo trovarne Irène Némirovsky.

«Benché prevedere il futuro non sia possibile, credo che qualche volta sentimenti di straordinaria intensità ci siano annunciati con mesi, anni di anticipo da uno strano fremito del cuore. Il senso di lugubre tristezza che ho sempre avvertito nelle stazioni al calare della notte, per esempio, l'ho capito, o meglio l'ho riconosciuto, solo anni dopo, durante la guerra, presso gli scali di smistamento in c
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Chris
Jan 23, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming little novel set in France prior to World War 2. The story is of a man who has traveled and let an interesting life away from his home. He returns later in life and is quite content with the solitary life he is presently leading. But he is slowly drawn into the lives of his friends and neighbors, and quite a few secrets unfold. The author was born in Russia in 1903, and died in Auschwitz in 1942. The book was published for the first time in French in 2006, and translated into ...more
T.
Jul 20, 2011 T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, historical
"And aren't the most beautiful follies the ones linked to love?" (43)

"When you're twenty love is like a fever, it makes you almost delirious. When it's over you can hardly remember how it happened...Fire in the blood, how quickly it burns itself out." (45)

"The flesh is easy to satisfy. It's the heart that is insatiable, the heart that needs to love, to despair, to burn with any kind of fire...That was what we wanted. To burn, to be consumed, to devour our days just as fire devours the forest." (
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Aida
Sep 11, 2014 Aida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It might be impossible to predict the future, but I believe that certain powerful emotions make themselves felt months, even years, in advance, through a strange quiver in the heart."
Anya Lamb
Jan 12, 2014 Anya Lamb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today I enjoyed the rare pleasure of reading a book (this book, Fire in the Blood), cover to cover, in one sitting.

I've read La Suite Francaise, and when I saw this other novel by Irene Nemirovsky on a friend's bookshelf, I had to read it.

While La Suite Francaise is in large part compelling because of its unusual subject matter (the daily lives of french people during the exodus from Paris and the german occupation, Fire in the Blood is brilliant in its naturalness and universality. In it, Nem
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Lauren
May 17, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silvio is an aging man who claims to have no regrets about his life spent travelling the world, laying women instead of roots. Spending the remainder of his days in a decrepit house in the French countryside, he observes the romances of his young niece with mild bemusement. When love leads to murder, however, Silvio begins to reflect on the differences between an old man’s love and a young man’s love as he reminisces about his own romances.

I would like to start by saying this novel was incredibl
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Elizabeth
This book. Seriously. AMAZING. Just amazing. Need I say more?
Tony
Sep 07, 2016 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The setting is the French countryside in the 1930s, a bourgeois farming community. The lives and secrets of an extended family are observed by a peripheral figure, Silvestre. He'd been born in the area, but as a young man he'd chosen a life of restless wandering that lead nowhere, in contrast to his peers' steady movement toward cold, grasping prosperity. Now he has has returned and has settled back in as a single, middle aged man of modest means, living out a sedate, uneventful life. His detach ...more
Rick
Jan 10, 2008 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Irène Némirovsky (born February 11, 1903, Kiev, died August 17, 1942, Auschwitz, Poland) was a Jewish novelist and biographer born in the Ukraine, who lived and worked in France.

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“After all, the three of us were young. It wasn’t just about the pleasure of the flesh. No, it wasn’t that simple. The flesh is easy to satisfy. It’s the heart that is insatiable, the heart that needs to love, to despair, to burn with any kind of fire…That was what we wanted. To burn, to be consumed, to devour our days just as fire devours the forest.” 16 likes
“The way a man drinks in company tells you nothing about him, but the way he drinks when alone reveals, without his realizing it, the very depths of his soul.” 15 likes
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