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Bray, Barbara

Works: 135 works in 404 publications in 4 languages and 12,496 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Drama  Film adaptations  Records and correspondence  Biographical films  Historical films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Political fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Contributor, Other, Interviewee, Singer
Classifications: PQ2607.U8245, 843.912
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Barbara Bray
The lover by Marguerite Duras( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in English and French and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Saigon, 1930s: a poor French girl meets the elegant son of a wealthy Chinese family. Soon they are lovers, locked into a private world of passion and intensity that defies all the conventions of their society. A sensational international bestseller and winner of France's coveted Prix Goncourt, The Lover is disturbing, erotic and masterly. This is an unforgettable portrayal of the incandescent relationship between the lovers and of the hate that slowly tears the girl's family apart
The Proust screenplay : À la recherche du temps perdu by Harold Pinter( Book )

30 editions published between 1977 and 2000 in English and French and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmscenario, gebaseerd op de roman À la recherche du temps perdu van de Franse 19e eeuwse schrijver Marcel Proust
Flaubert-Sand : the correspondence by Gustave Flaubert( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the correspondence and friendship between Gustave Flaubert and George Sand
Monsieur Proust by Céleste Albaret( Book )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Céleste Albaret was Marcel Proust's housekeeper in his last years, when he retreated from the world to devote himself to In Search of Lost Time. She could imitate his voice to perfection, and Proust himself said to her, "You know everything about me." Her reminiscences of her employer present an intimate picture of the daily life of a great writer who was also a deeply peculiar man, while Madame Albaret herself proves to be a shrewd and engaging companion."--Publisher description
Lenin's embalmers by I. B Zbarskiĭ( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Ilya Zbarski embalmed Lenin two months after his death. This text reveals the story of his family and of those who worked in the mausoleum laboratory. It also contains archival and contemporary photographs
Galileo by Bertolt Brecht( Visual )

17 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Screen version of Bertolt Brecht's play about Galileo, the 17th century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the moons of Jupiter. He supported Copernicus' theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun. This brought him into conflict with the Catholic Church. By threatening him with torture, the Church forced him to recant his views in front of a tribunal, and sentenced him to house arrest. However, Galileo's trials and theories inspired others like Newton and Kepler to prove that the Earth was not the center of the Universe
Balthasar's odyssey : a novel by Amin Maalouf( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1665, with prophecies and portents fortelling the forthcoming Apocalypse, Balthasar, an antiquarian merchant and sage, embarks on a perilous quest to find a rare book that could hold the key to the world's salvation
Prisoner of love by Jean Genet( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Starting in 1970, Jean Genet---petty thief, prostitute, modernist master---spent two years in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. Always an outcast himself, Genet was drawn to this displaced people, an attraction that was to prove as complicated for him as it was enduring. Prisoner of Love, written some ten years later, when many of the men Genet had known had been killed, and he himself was dying, is a beautifully observed description of that time and those men as well as a reaffirmation of the author's commitment not only to the Palestinian revolution but to rebellion itself. For Genet's most overtly political book is also his most personal---the last step in the unrepentantly sacrilegious pilgrimage first recorded in The Thief's Journal, and a searching meditation, packed with visions, ruses, and contradictions, on such life-and-death issues as the politics of the image and the seductive and treacherous character of identity. Genet's final masterpiece is a lyrical and philosophical voyage to the bloody intersection of oppression, terror, and desire at the heart of the contemporary world
In our strange gardens by Michel Quint( Book )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the tale of Andre and Gaston who, after finding themselves in a German prison near the end of World War II, are told that one of the prisoners will die at dawn, and that the prisoners are to choose the victim
Ibn Saud : the desert warrior who created the kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Michael Darlow( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ibn Saud grew to manhood living the harsh traditional life of the desert nomad, a life that had changed little since the days of Abraham. Equipped with immense physical courage, he fought and won, often with weapons and tactics not unlike those employed by the ancient Assyrians, a series of astonishing military victories over a succession of enemies much more powerful than himself. Over the same period, he transformed himself from a minor sheikh into a revered king and elder statesman, courted by world leaders such as Churchill and Roosevelt. A passionate lover of women, Ibn Saud took many wives, had numerous concubines, and fathered almost one hundred children. Yet he remained an unswerving and devout Muslim, described by one who knew him well at the time of his death in 1953 as "probably the greatest Arab since the Prophet Muhammad." Saudi Arabia, the country Ibn Saud created, is a staunch ally of the West, but it is also the birthplace of Osama bin Laden and fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers. Saud's kingdom, as it now stands, has survived the vicissitudes of time and become an invaluable player on the world's political stage
The old man and the wolves by Julia Kristeva( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wolves invade the seaside resort town of Santa Vavara in Eastern Europe, killing thousands of people, but no one will talk of it except a Latin professor known as the Old Man. Narrated by a French journalist. By the author of Desire in Language
Gardener to the king : a novel by Frédéric Richaud( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"His skill is admired by the King and revered by savants, his freedom is envied by all - the rhythms he observes are not those of the courtly dance but of the seasons. As the autocratic might of the King fules the rising hysteria around him, La Quintinie's wide humanitarian sympathies are with the soil and those who live by it. For the kitchen garden at Versailles harbors not only a great courtier, gardener, and provider, but also a secret radical."--Jacket
Un nouveau roman? : recherches et tradition, la critique étrangère by J. H Matthews( Book )

15 editions published between 1964 and 1983 in 3 languages and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Montaillou : the promised land of error by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie( Book )

16 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life in a medieval French village, recreated from the records of the Inquisition
French hospitality : racism and North African immigrants by Tahar Ben Jelloun( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The French consul by Lucien Bodard( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sailor from Gibraltar by Marguerite Duras( Book )

6 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman searches for the nameless sailor - a crook and a killer - who awakened in her an insatiable taste for love
Antigone by Jean Anouilh( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antigone was originally produced in Paris in 1942, when France was occupied by Hitler's Army. It depicts an authoritarian regime mirroring the predicament of the French people of the time. It is based on the Greek tragedy by Sophocles
The Palace of dreams by Ismail Kadare( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The mysterious Palace of Dreams stands at the heart of a vast but fragile Balkan empire. Inside, workers assiduously sift, sort, classify, and ultimately interpret the dreams of the empire's citizens. The workers search out Master-Dreams that will provide clues to the destiny of the empire and its Sultan. Mark-Alem, scion of a noble family that has provided viziers to the Sultan from time immemorial, and whose poser the Sultan distrusts, is recruited into the Palace of Dreams at the humblest level. He immediately feels the terrible pressure that drives his coworkers, the dread of overlooking a crucial dream whose capture and interpretation might avert political disaster. But he rapidly rises through the hierarchy - only barely finding his bearings in one section of the Palace's labyrinthine passages that represent the entire empire's consciousness laid bare before he is promoted to another. And the pressure only increases as he becomes familiar with the fates of subversive dreamers and personally responsible for the sorts of dreams that might ruin an entire family. A family like his own."--
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Alternative Names
Barbara Bray englische Übersetzerin und Literaturkritikerin

Barbara Bray English translator and critic

Bray, B.

Jacobs, Barabara 1924-2010

English (136)

French (14)

German (2)

Spanish (1)

The Proust screenplay : À la recherche du temps perduFlaubert-Sand : the correspondenceLenin's embalmersBalthasar's odyssey : a novelPrisoner of loveIn our strange gardensThe old man and the wolvesGardener to the king : a novel