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  • Jacques Tatiby David Bellos

    Random House 2012; US$ 19.31

    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$ 20.79

    "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...

  • Jacques Tati His Life & Artby David Bellos

    Random House 2010; US$ 37.15

    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$ 44.58

    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

    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...

  • 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...

  • The File On Hby Ismail Kadare; David Bellos

    Random House 2010; US$ 13.36

    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...

  • Spring Flowers, Spring Frostby Ismail Kadare; David Bellos

    Random House 2010; US$ 11.88

    From behind the closed door, the man shouts, 'Be on your way - you have no business here!' 'Open up, I am the messenger of Death'. As spring arrives in the Albanian mountain town of B, some strange things are emerging in the thaw. Bank robbers strike the National Bank. Old terrors are dredged up from the shipwreck of history.... more...