New Posthumous Releases

August 23, 2007

Among other posthumous books being released in September, including David Halberstam’s The Coldest Winter, there are two we think have rather interesting histories. Fire In The Blood by Irene Nemirovsky (author of bestselling Suite Francaise) was written in 1941 and then given in pieces to her daughters and a trusted friend for safekeeping when the author was sent to Auschwitz where she later died. The pieces have only recently been reassembled in their entirety. The book tells of the loves and infidelities in a provincial French village before the outbreak of WWII.

The Last Cavalier by Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo) was just lately discovered by longtime Dumas scholar Claude Schopp after it languished for more than 125 years in a dark corner in the National Library in Paris. The unknown novel is similar to his other famous works–an epic tale of revenge in Napoleonic France.