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  • Jacques Tatiby David Bellos

    Random House 2012; US$ 18.32

    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...

  • Georges Perec: A Life in Wordsby David Bellos

    Random House 2010; US$ 19.73

    "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...

  • Jacques Tati His Life & Artby David Bellos

    Random House 2010; US$ 36.65

    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$ 42.29

    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; US$ 12.68

    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 Novel of the Centuryby David Bellos

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2017; US$ 27.99

    The definitive biography of the world?s most popular novel Putting a century of scholarship on one of the world?s most enduring popular novels into accessible, narrative form, this new approach to a classic of world literature is written for a wide general readership. Packed full of information about the book?s origins and later career on stage... more...

  • The File On Hby Ismail Kadare; David Bellos

    Random House 2010; US$ 12.68

    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$ 12.68

    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. And ultra-explosive... 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...

  • The Successorby Ismail Kadare; David Bellos

    Canongate Books 2003; US$ 13.29

    The Designated Successor was found dead in his bedroom at dawn on December 14.Did he kill himself or was he murdered?This question slices through Ismail Kadare's masterful psychological thriller. As the state insists that the future leader died by his own hand, the rest of the world begins to have doubts. As the tension builds and rumours escalate,... more...