Books by Mark Polizzotti

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

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

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

This hefty debut biography gives a respectful, impartial account of AndrÇ Breton's (18961966) life and of the movement he founded and led. The eclectic Surrealist alumni include many of the century's most famous artistsDal°, Giacometti, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Luis Bu§uelmost of whom eventually left the movement's ranks or were expelled, Polizzotti observes, because of ``the conflict between their need to develop freely and Breton's will to maintain a Surrealist cohesion in his own unstable image.'' Born to lower-class parents who encouraged a medical career, Breton began his literary strivings under the influence of Symbolism, the avant-garde poet Apollinaire, and the manic playwright Alfred Jarry. Read full book review >

Released: May 8, 1995

The thoughtless words of childhood become the focus of the narrator's haunted memories of WW II. Helen recalls the events of her ninth birthday in occupied France in 1942. Read full book review >