Search Results: "Alex Bellos"


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THE GRAPES OF MATH by Alex Bellos
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 2014

"Great reading for the intellectually curious."
Forget the bad pun of the title; this is a first-rate survey of the world of mathematics by a British practitioner of the art. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 2010

"A smorgasbord for math fans of all abilities."
An expansive overview of numbers and figures, and those who find them irresistible. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Erudite and occasionally dense, but ultimately illuminating, even transformative."
An award-winning translator describes and defends his profession. Read full book review >

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THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY by David Bellos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Anyone who loves Hugo, France, and the French language will revel in this delightful book that explains all the intimacies of 19th-century French life."
A renowned French translator explores the life and legacy of Les Misérables. Read full book review >

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PORTRAIT OF A MAN KNOWN AS IL CONDOTTIERE by Georges Perec
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2015

"The translation is pleasingly idiomatic, the translator's introduction illuminating. Perec's yarn, though, will largely be of interest to students of postwar French literature and social history, who will find that it makes a nice if not especially memorable puzzle."
"Leonardo is dead, Antonello is dead, and I'm not feeling too well myself." Thus we read in French experimentalist Perec's long-forgotten, rejected debut, now rescued from the dustbin of literary history. Read full book review >

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AGAMEMNON’S DAUGHTER by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"'Agamemnon's Daughter' is negligible. But Kadare is a great writer, and 'The Blinding Order' in particular is not to be missed."
A miscellany showcasing earlier work by the Albanian author (Elegy for Kosovo, 2000, etc.) and recipient of the first Man Booker International Prize. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 14, 2000

"A must for any library—and a wonderful gift for anthropologists, ethnographers, cultural historians, and quiz kids."
Ifrah's monumental follow-up to From One to Zero (1993) goes from one to (almost) infinity as he meticulously reviews the numbers and reckoning systems of countless tribes and cultures in a dazzling scholarly performance. Read full book review >

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SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Vargas has created a notably intriguing policeman in Adamsberg (Have Mercy on Us All, 2005), whose story this time draws you in and keeps you guessing until the dazzling dénouement."
The inhabitants of the Alpes-Maritimes region of France live in fear as sheep and humans alike are ravaged by what appears to be an enormous wolf. Read full book review >

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THE SIEGE by Ismail Kadare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"It's an original approach to an old story many times retold; a song sung in an eloquently expressive voice, both agelessly familiar and refreshingly new."
In his classic study The Singer of Tales (1960), eminent scholar Albert Lord demonstrated strong links between the twin Homeric epics the Iliad and the Odyssey and the tradition of oral storytelling continued even into the 20th century in numerous European and Asian cultures, notably those of the Balkan countries. Read full book review >

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THE JOURNAL OF HÉLÈNE BERR by Hélène Berr
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A worthy addition to Holocaust literature, evoking the sweetness of one life lost and reminding us with urgent clarity how inexorably it was swept under those tragic times."
The journal of a bright young woman who was among the many French Jews funneled through Drancy, the Parisian collection camp, to Nazi death camps. Read full book review >

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HAVE MERCY ON US ALL by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 3, 2005

"Captivating characters, historical oddities and clever plotting all add up to a scintillating tale. Mystery fans will be avidly seeking more from Vargas (Seeking Whom He May Devour, not reviewed, etc.)."
A French bestseller wonders whether modern Paris is in for another round of the plague. Read full book review >