Search Results: "Frank Wynne"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ELEMENTARY PARTICLES by Michel Houellebecq
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2000

"Much of the time clumsy, but fiercely interesting."
Houellebecq, who writes in French and lives in Dublin, offers a second try (after Whatever, 1999) that's said to be a hit abroad. Often pretentious—or flat-footed—it nevertheless holds the reader solidly with its guess about mankind's biological future. Read full book review >

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ALEX by Pierre Lemaitre
Kirkus Star
by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"An eloquent thriller with a denouement that raises eyebrows as it speeds the pulse."
In this unpredictable, oddly delectable French thriller, an attractive young Parisian woman is abducted, chained in a crate and brutalized by an avenger—a crime that doesn't begin to hint at the gruesome killings to follow. Read full book review >

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MAMMALS by Pierre Mérot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2006

"Tiresome at times, but with enough laughs to make it worthwhile."
Mérot's first book to be translated into English is the wild tale of a Parisian anti-hero called the Uncle. Read full book review >

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ALLAH IS NOT OBLIGED by Ahmadou Kourouma
Released: May 8, 2007

"As eye-catching as graffiti, but lacking the emotional power of Uzodinma Iweala's Beasts of No Nation (2006)."
This fourth and final novel by the acclaimed Ivoirian (1927-2003), published in France in 2000, combines an invented child-soldier's story with that of a gallery of real warlords. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2012

"'I am neither indifferent to, nor weary of, this world; had I a hundred lives, I know I would not tire of it,' he writes. Intelligent readers will find it hard to argue."
Love and death go hand in hand in the life of journalist and filmmaker Lanzmann, who at 84 delivers his first book (originally published in France in 2009): a beautifully written memoir driven by both the writer's passion for living and his memories of lost friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINDOWS ON THE WORLD by Frederic Beigbeder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Sometimes slight, but always impressive: an important addition to the chorus of heavier, more lifeless tomes on the subject."
From the restaurant that once had the best views in town, 9/11 is witnessed minute by agonizing minute. Read full book review >

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IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE SEA by Tomás González
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"In a cautionary tale with a familiar moral, the arresting prose and complex characters shine."
A couple purchases a dilapidated estate and moves to a remote region of Colombia in this short novel, originally published in 1983 and González's first to be translated into English. Read full book review >

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THE SIEGE by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A genre-bending literary thriller worth the time."
Pirates; serial killings; steamy, unrequited love: Pérez-Reverte (Pirates of the Levant, 2010, etc.) imbues the sensational with significance.Read full book review >

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PURGATORY by Tomás Eloy Martínez
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Justice of sorts is done in this absorbing finale of a distinguished career."
For his last novel, the Argentinian writer (1934-2010) constructed a maze, at the heart of which is a woman who refuses to give her husband up for dead. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Wynne employs all the devices of an expert roman policier."
A spectacular story of vengeance and fraud told with verve and style by British journalist Wynne, translator to English of Michel Houellebecq's The Elementary Particles, 2000, among others. Read full book review >

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THE OCCUPATION TRILOGY by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Fans of Maurice Chevalier won't be pleased, but Modiano's admirers will find this early work fascinating."
"I know the life stories of these shadows is of no great interest to anyone, but if I didn't write it down, no one else would do it": three early novels by Nobel Prize-winning French author Modiano (Suspended Sentences, 2014, etc.) that look back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Read full book review >

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HIS BROTHER by Philippe Besson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Besson's prose has a fatalistic Greek gravitas and a stark honesty: a moving novel as memoir."
French novelist Besson's second outing (after In the Absence of Men, 2003) is the spare account of a beloved brother's untimely death. It has the sensory impact of a memoir. Read full book review >