Search Results: "Howard Curtis"


BOOK REVIEW

THE OFFICERS’ WARD by Marc Dugain
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Curiously light, an herbal teacup of the grim horrors drunk by the gallon by predecessors long ago."
First-novelist Dugain's return to WWI, winner of the Prix des Libraires, offers quietly extended moments of seeming authenticity, then ends not in ashes but in soap. Read full book review >

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THE PENALTY AREA by Alain Gillot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A slim, understated novel of nicely drawn vignettes, this is more consommé than bisque and might leave some readers unsatisfied."
A boys soccer coach in Sedan, France, temporarily takes in his sister's son and finds he may have the "little nugget" his team needs to excel. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCIPLE by Jérôme  Ferrari
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An elegant, cheerless meditation on how even the brightest people can find it in themselves to accommodate evil on the way to annihilation."
Prix Goncourt-winning novelist Ferrari continues his program of interrogating history to expose brittle truths about our nature. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO THE DARK VALLEY by Santiago  Gamboa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A complex, challenging story that speaks to the terror and dislocation of the age."
Or, love and loss in a time of ruin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRAITORS TO ALL by Giorgio Scerbanenco
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 3, 2014

"Carrua is right on the money when he tells Lamberti, '[y]ou want to eat up the criminals.' This illegal doctor's righteous fury comes to a head with the most admirable character in the cast facing a long prison term."
After three years in prison for euthanasia, Dr. Duca Lamberti (A Private Venus, 2014) returns to the practice of medicine in an equally unlawful and even more sordid way in this second volume of the noirish Milano Quartet, first published in Italy in 1966. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO IS LOU SCIORTINO? by Ottavio Cappellani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"A hip and funny take on mob warfare, with very little gusto lost in translation."
Who's the boss? That's the real question as two generations of Mafiosi tangle in Sicily. Read full book review >

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TIERRA DEL FUEGO by Francisco Coloane
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Much-honored Chilean author Coloane (1910-2002) captures the geographical and psychological extremity of his native grounds in beautiful language, well translated by Curtis."
Nine tales of greed and hardship set in the harsh, unforgiving landscape of southern Chile's islands. Read full book review >

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ZULU by Caryl Férey
by Caryl Férey, translated by Howard Curtis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2010

"A horrifying, eye-opening thriller."
A crime novel set in post-apartheid South Africa, and the winner of the French Grand Prix for Best Crime Novel of 2008. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PRIVATE VENUS by Giorgio Scerbanenco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"The first volume in Scerbanenco's Milano Quartet is a blast from the past, a sleek, stripped-down reminder of the fast, brutal days of Continental noir. Sensitive souls will notice that the author's attitude toward the LGBT community has dated in more glaring ways."
A disgraced doctor's ticket to redemption requires him to rescue a young man even more lost than he is in this slice of noir first served in Italy in 1966 and finally translated into English. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST SAILORS by Jean-Claude Izzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Slow-building drama with a tragic denouement as inevitable and deadly as any storm at sea."
Sailors can be more lost on land than they ever were at sea, suggests this moody drama from French novelist Izzo (Solea, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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SOLEA by Jean-Claude Izzo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 2007

"A story like this can't possibly end well. But poetry-spouting Fabio goes out in a blaze of glory that makes the trilogy's capstone its least nihilistic entry."
The final installment of Izzo's Marseilles trilogy plunges ex-cop Fabio Montale into an even deeper well of corruption than the first two (Total Chaos, 2005; Chourmo, 2006). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CAROUSEL OF DESIRE by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Middling literary erotica: not quite Kundera but raw enough to satisfy a curious teenager."
"He had made love to her so well that she hated him": a steamy Belgian bestseller makes its way across the pond. Read full book review >