Books by Mark Polizzotti

THE BLACK NOTEBOOK by Patrick Modiano
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An atmospheric, smoky, sepia-toned whodunit, though more for fans of Camus than Chandler."
"Around us, you're in danger of catching leprosy": French Nobel Prize winner Modiano (Villa Triste, 2016, etc.) explores the criminal demimonde in a short but potent novel that's as elegant as Claude Rains and as sinister as Peter Lorre. Read full book review >
BRED TO KILL by Frank Thilliez
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"French author Thilliez's follow-up to his international hit Syndrome E is nearly as good, leaving us eager to have the rest of his efforts released in the U.S."
Paris-based Inspector Sharko and Lille police detective Lucie Henebelle, both shadows of their former selves following the abduction of the latter's twin daughters at the end of Syndrome E (2012), reunite to investigate a bizarre series of genetically engineered murders.Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Yes, but fictions with a moral bite, depicting a world in which everyone, it seems, is complicit in crimes not yet specified. Moody, elegant and dour."
"One meets the strangest people in one's life." Indeed, and so it is in this somber trilogy of novellas from the recent French Nobel Prize winner. Read full book review >
SYNDROME E by Franck Thilliez
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"Having achieved bestseller status in Europe, Thilliez is poised to do the same in the U.S."
In this terrific French thriller, a veteran Paris profiler struggling with paranoid schizophrenia and a lonely female police detective are brought together by a series of gruesome murders that have something to do with an old experimental film containing disturbing subliminal images. Read full book review >
OUT OF MY HEAD by Didier van Cauwelaert
Released: Dec. 7, 2004

"A little gem."
Delightful comic tale about a man who can't convince anyone he's who he says he is. Read full book review >
PIANO by Jean Echenoz
Released: April 15, 2004

"A trifle that at times has trouble filling its own pages and is often too coy for its own good. Probably more fun for those who don't yet know that death doesn't hurt and that God is a skinny guy named Lopez."
The latest from Goncourt-winning Echenoz (also see p. 143), starts well but ends up wan and thin. Read full book review >
A CLEANING WOMAN by Christian Oster
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"If you have to read it, better open a nice French red."
Vapid and pretentious tale of obsessive love. Read full book review >
I’M GONE by Jean Echenoz
Released: March 1, 2001

"Amazingly, the shaggy tale winds up more conclusively than any of Echenoz's four previously translated novels (Big Blondes, 1997, etc.), though nearly every sentence crackles with enough sly humor to keep the author's postmodern credentials intact."
Crime novel, the 1999 Prix Goncourt-winner, that's also a whimsical tale of the eternal (and eternally rewarding) midlife search for new partners and a deadpan commentary on its own contrivances. Read full book review >
BREAK OF DAY by André Breton
Released: Oct. 18, 1999

"Breton's flowery prose, permeated with bizarre imagery and disjointed fantasies and punctuated by frequent ellipsis, is made still more challenging to read in the present translation: what sounds highfalutin in French often degenerates into awkward, run-on English sentences."
Originally published in France in 1934, this complements previously translated collections of essays by the leading theorist of Surrealism (The Lost Steps and Free Rein, 1996), this time focusing on works written during the period of Surrealist maturation (1924—33). Read full book review >
SEVEN DREAMS OF ELMIRA by Patrick Chamoiseau
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"A minor but charming addition to Chamoiseau's exotic and distinctive oeuvre."
Seven Dreams Of Elmira ($20.00; Aug.; 64 pp.; photographs by Jean-Luc Laguardique; 1-58195-002-0): This quaint and curious little volume combines a number of striking photographs (black and white and color landscapes and portraits) that celebrate the West Indian island of Martinique with a terse prose poem written by that island's most successful literary export: the Creole-born author of such lush, exuberant fictions as Texaco (1997) and Solibo Magnificent (1998). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Polizzotti, the editorial director of David R. Godine, is more scrupulous in supplying the external essentials than the inspired madness of Breton's inward experiment. (photos, not seen)"
This hefty debut biography gives a respectful, impartial account of AndrÇ Breton's (18961966) life and of the movement he founded and led. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 1995

"If the individual colors and shapes in the pictures are simple, as a whole they create an intensely expressive atmosphere. (Picture book. 7-10)"
The thoughtless words of childhood become the focus of the narrator's haunted memories of WW II. Read full book review >