WorldCat Identities

Bray, Barbara

Works: 111 works in 397 publications in 2 languages and 14,186 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Drama  Film adaptations  Novels  Records and correspondence  Allegories  Biographies  Screenplays 
Roles: Translator, Other, Author, Adapter, Contributor, Interviewee
Classifications: DC801.M753, 843.912
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Barbara Bray
The lover by Marguerite Duras( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in English and French and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the prewar Indochina of Marguerite Duras's childhood, this is the haunting tale of a tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover. In spare yet luminous prose, Duras evokes life on the margins of Saigon in the waning days of France's colonial empire, and its representation in the passionate relationship between two unforgettable outcasts
The Proust screenplay : À la recherche du temps perdu by Harold Pinter( Book )

33 editions published between 1977 and 2000 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The screenplay adaptation of Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past."
Flaubert-Sand : the correspondence by Gustave Flaubert( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 700 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 645 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
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 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ultimate biography of the warrior-politician who founded Saudi Arabiain 1932 and created one of the world's most powerful nations
Balthasar's odyssey : a novel by Amin Maalouf( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1665, with prophecies and portents foretelling 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
Lenin's embalmers by I. B Zbarskiĭ( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 566 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
Prisoner of love by Jean Genet( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and held by 545 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
The Chinese emperor by Jean Lévi( Book )

2 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Translated from the French by Barbara Bray
Possessions : a novel by Julia Kristeva( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a woman is murdered and decapitated, French journalist Stephanie Delacour interviews various people who knew her and the probe becomes a study in character. By a woman psychoanalyst, author of The Old Man and the Wolves
The bridge of beyond by Simone Schwarz-Bart( Book )

7 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an intoxicating tale of love and wonder, mothers and daughters, spiritual values and the grim legacy of slavery on the French Antillean island of Guadeloupe. Here long-suffering Telumee tells her life story and tells us about the proud line of Lougandor women she continues to draw strength from. Time flows unevenly during the long hot blue days as the madness of the island swirls around the villages, and Telumee, raised in the shelter of wide skirts, must learn how to navigate the adversities of a peasant community, the ecstasies of love, and domestic realities while arriving at her own precious happiness. In the words of Toussine, the wise, tender grandmother who raises her, "Behind one pain there is another. Sorrow is a wave without end. But the horse mustn't ride you, you must ride it." A masterpiece of Caribbean literature, "The Bridge of Beyond" relates the triumph of a generous and hopeful spirit, while offering a gorgeously lush, imaginative depiction of the flora, landscape, and customs of Gua-deloupe. Simone Schwarz-Bart's incantatory prose, interwoven with Creole proverbs and lore, appears here in a remarkable translation by Barbara Bray
Galileo( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 413 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
Symbolists and symbolism by Robert L Delevoy( Book )

8 editions published between 1978 and 1982 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Symbolist movement was one of the dominant forces in European art and literature from 1870 to 1900. Influenced by the English Pre-Raphaelites, the operas of Wagner, and poets like Baudelaire, Mallarme and Maeterlinck, painters aimed at imaginative suggestions of emotion through symbolic allusions and luxuriant decorative form. Symbolism was less a school than the atmosphere of a period."--Amazon
Gardener to the king : a novel by Frédéric Richaud( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this world of pomp and show, one man remains detached from the procession of servants soldiers, politicians, diplomats, flatterers, and self-seekers that daily surrounds the King. As gardener to His Majesty, Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie is master of his own domain, the royal fruit and vegetable garden. Louis' generals might proclaim the power of France abroad, but La Quintinie's espaliers and vegetable plots assert nothing less than man's mastery over nature: a garden that can feed a thousand at a sitting, standards of pruning that in three hundred years have never been surpassed. Once a lawyer who turned his back on a brilliant career to pursue his love of horticulture, La Quintinie became, in the process, as artist."
In our strange gardens by Michel Quint( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 372 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
The old man and the wolves by Julia Kristeva( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 370 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
The harpoon gun by Vasilēs Vasilikos( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Palace of dreams by Ismail Kadare( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 317 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."--
Montaillou : the promised land of error by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie( Book )

19 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life in a medieval French village, recreated from the records of the Inquisition
Un nouveau roman? : recherches et tradition, la critique étrangère by J. H Matthews( Book )

7 editions published between 1964 and 1983 in French and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.40 (from 0.24 for Ibn Saud : ... to 0.59 for The old ma ...)

Lenin's embalmers
The Proust screenplay : À la recherche du temps perduFlaubert-Sand : the correspondenceBalthasar's odyssey : a novelLenin's embalmersPrisoner of lovePossessions : a novelThe bridge of beyondGardener to the king : a novel
Alternative Names
Barbara Bray englische Übersetzerin und Literaturkritikerin

Barbara Bray English translator and critic

Bray, B.

Jacobs, Barabara 1924-2010

English (146)

French (8)