Sunday, December 21, 2008

Recommended Reading - Fire In The Blood

I enjoyed reading Suite Francais by Irene Nemirovsky, an intense book which was to me (in a weird way) a kind of antithesis of Castle to Castle by Celine, so I decided to read Nemirovsky's Fire in the Blood which started slow but built in intensity to the inevitable conclusion.
I'll give you the best quote
"After all, the three of us were young. It wasn't just about the pleasures of the flesh . No, it wasn't that simple. The flesh is so 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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Hannah Furst said...

I recently read your post about Irène Némirovsky and wanted to let you know about an exciting new exhibition about her life, work, and legacy that opened on September 24, 2008 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française, which will run through the middle of March, will include powerful rare artifacts — the actual handwritten manuscript for Suite Française, the valise in which it was found, and many personal papers and family photos. The majority of these documents and artifacts have never been outside of France. For fans of her work, this exhibition is an opportunity to really “get to know” Irene. And for those who can’t visit, there will be a special website that will live on the Museum’s site

The Museum will host several public programs over the course of the exhibition’s run that will put Némirovsky’s work and life into historical and literary context. Book clubs and groups are invited to the Museum for tours and discussions in the exhibition’s adjacent Salon (by appointment). It is the Museum’s hope that the exhibit will engage visitors and promote dialogue about this extraordinary writer and the complex time in which she lived and died. To book a group tour, please contact Tracy Bradshaw at 646.437.4304 or Please visit our website at for up-to-date information about upcoming public programs or to join our e-bulletin list.

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Belle de Ville said...

Thank you so much for your comment. This sounds like an excellent exhibition. I hope that my east coast readers will get to see it...and I will try to if I get to New York.

Anonymous said...

Merçi beacoup Hannah Furst pour toutes ces informations, occasion merveilleuse pour visiter New York.

Merçi à vous aussi Belle, je visite votre blogue en silence fréquemment pour rester branchée.


Belle de Ville said...

Thank you for your comment. Come back and visit often!

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