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  • Twilight of the Eastern Godsby Ismail Kadare; David Bellos

    Canongate Books 2014; US$ 20.82

    1958. In a dorm room in Moscow, a young writer is woken by the sound of angry voices on the radio. Through the fog of a hangover he hears the news that a novel called Doctor Zhivago has earned its author the Nobel Prize. There is uproar. The author, Boris Pasternak, faces exile, the press hound him and demand that he refuse the award. A few days earlier... more...

  • Jacques Tatiby David Bellos

    Random House 2012; US$ 18.73

    The full story of one of France's greatest cinema legends, a clown whose film-making innovation was to turn everyday life into an art form. Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, unmistakable with his pipe, brolly and striped socks, was a creation of slapstick genius that made audiences around the world laugh at the sheer absurdity of life. This... more...

  • Georges Perec: A Life in Wordsby David Bellos

    Random House 2010; US$ 20.17

    "It's hard to see how anyone is ever going to better this User's Manual to the life of Georges Perec" - Gilbert Adair, Sunday Times Winner of the Prix Goncourt for Biography, 1994 George Perec (1936-82) was one of the most significant European writers of the twentieth century and undoubtedly the most versatile and innovative... more...

  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear?by David Bellos

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 16.99

    A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 One of The Economist ?s 2011 Books of the Year   People speak different languages, and always have. The Ancient Greeks took no notice of anything unless it was said in Greek; the Romans made everyone speak Latin; and in India, people learned their neighbors? languages?as did many ordinary Europeans... more...

  • Jacques Tati His Life & Artby David Bellos

    Random House 2010; US$ 36.04

    Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, unmistakeable with his pipe, brolly and striped socks, was a creation of sheer slapstick genius that made audiences around the world laugh at the sheer absurdity of life. This biography charts Tati's rise and fall, from his earliest beginnings as a music hall mime during the Depression, to the success of Jour de Fete... more...

  • Romain Garyby David Bellos

    Random House 2010; US$ 43.25

    Airman, war hero, immigrant, law student, diplomat, novelist and celebrity spouse, Romain Gary had several lives thrust upon him by the history of the twentieth century, but he also aspired to lead many more. He wrote more than two dozen books and a score of short stories under several different names in two languages, English and French, neither... more...

  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear?by David Bellos

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    People speak different languages, and always have. The Ancient Greeks took no notice of anything unless it was said in Greek; the Romans made everyone speak Latin; and in India, people learned their neighbours' languages - as did many ordinary Europeans in times past. But today, we all use translation to cope with the diversity of languages. Without... more...

  • The Journal of Helene Berrby Helene Berr; David Bellos

    McClelland & Stewart 2009; US$ 21.00

    Not since The Diary of Anne Frank has there been such a book as this: The joyful but ultimately heartbreaking journal of a young Jewish woman in occupied Paris, now being published for the first time, 63 years after her death in a Nazi concentration camp. On April 7, 1942, Hélène Berr, a 21-year-old Jewish student of English literature at the Sorbonne,... more...

  • The Accidentby Ismail Kadare; David Bellos

    Doubleday Canada 2011; US$ 19.95

    The new book from the winner of the inaugural International Man Booker Prize is a modern-day love story of powerful obsession set against the background of dark political intrigue. On the autobahn in Vienna a taxi leaves the carriageway and strikes the crash barrier, flinging its male and female passengers out of its back doors as it spins through... more...

  • Pietr the Latvianby Georges Simenon; David Bellos

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 8.99

    A gripping new translation of the first novel in the famous Inspector Maigret series What he sought, what he waited and watched out for was the crack in the wall. In other words, the instant when the human being comes out from behind the opponent . . . Who is Pietr the Latvian? Is he a gentleman thief? A Russian drinking absinthe in... more...