Fires consists of nine monologues and narratives based on classical Greek stories. Antigone, Clytemnestra, Phaedo, Sappho are all mythical figures whose stories are mingled with contemporary themes. Interspersed are highly personal narratives, reflecting on a time of profound inner crisis in the author's life.

"The unwritten novel among the fantasies and aphorisms of Fires is a classic tale."-Stephen Koch, New York Times Book Review

Consists of 9 monologues and narratives based on classical Greek stories. Interspersed are highly personal notations, reflecting a time of profound innner crisis in the author's life.

From Library Journal
This duo by Yourcenar, the first woman to be elected to the Academie Francaise, consist, respectively, of a collection of prose poems and three historical novellas. LJ's reviewer found Fires, with its use of classical themes and figures, to be "striking and captivating" (LJ 6/1/81), while Two Lives was dubbed "stylish" (LJ 4/1/87).
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

From the Back Cover
The product of a love crisis, Fires is in the form of a collection of love poems, or, rather, is like a sequence of lyrical prose...

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