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  • Across Forest, Steppe, and Mountainby David A. Bello

    Cambridge University Press 2016; US$ 80.00

    Using Manchu and Chinese sources, this book explores the environmental history of Qing China's Manchurian, Inner Mongolian, and Yunnan borderlands. more...

  • Georges Perec: A Life in Wordsby David Bellos

    Random House 2010; US$ 22.38

    "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 writer of his generation.... more...

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

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 14.38

    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...

  • Jacques Tatiby David Bellos

    Random House 2012; US$ 20.78

    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 biography... more...

  • Jacques Tati His Life & Artby David Bellos

    Random House 2010; US$ 39.98

    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$ 47.05

    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...

  • Chronicle In Stoneby Ismail Kadare; David Bellos

    Canongate Books 2005; US$ 13.29

    During the Second World War, a young boy witnesses his hometown in Albania fall to a series of invaders: first Italian fascists, then the Greeks, the Italians once again and finally Nazi hordes. Amid floods and bombings, he undergoes another kind of turbulence - growing up.Chronicle in Stone is an early masterpiece from the winner of the inaugural... more...

  • Dear Readerby Paul Fournel; David Bellos

    Pushkin Press 2014; US$ 10.19

    There?s a lot of good to be said about publishing, mainly about the food. The books, though Robert Dubois feels as if he?s read the books, but still they keep coming back to him, the same old books just by new authors. Maybe he?s ready to settle into the end of his career, like it?s a tipsy afternoon after a working lunch. But then he is confronted... more...

  • The File On Hby Ismail Kadare; David Bellos

    Random House 2010; US$ 14.38

    Two Irish-American scholars from Harvard journey to Albania in the 1930s with a tape recorder (a 'new fangled' invention) in order to record the last genuinely oral epic singers. Their purpose, they say, is to show how Homer's epics might have been culled from a verbal tradition. But the local Governor believes its an elaborate spying mission and... more...

  • On Leaveby Daniel Anselme; David Bellos

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 14.99

    A long-lost French novel in which three soldiers return home from an unpopular, unspeakable war When On Leave was published in Paris in 1957, as France's engagement in Algeria became ever more bloody, it told people things they did not want to hear. It vividly described what it was like for soldiers to return home from an unpopular war in a... more...