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Bell, Madison Smartt

Works: 110 works in 467 publications in 10 languages and 18,195 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Biography  Biographical fiction  Short stories  Psychological fiction  Terminology  Biographies  Musical fiction 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Performer, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: PS3552.E517, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Madison Smartt Bell
All souls' rising by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

43 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 1791 revolt against the French in Haiti through the eyes of the parties in the conflict: mulattos, blacks and whites. The protagonists include its tragic leader, the aristocratic Toussaint L'Ouverture who refused to declare independence from France. A tale of burning plantations, massacres and Byzantine politics
Toussaint Louverture : a biography by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and French and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a biography of Toussaint Louverture that captures the frequently contradictory and complex life of the leader of the late-eighteenth-century Haitian Revolution that became the only successful slave revolt in history
Master of the crossroads by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and French and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Brings to life the rise to power of the great Haitian military general Tussaint Louverture and the story of the only successful slave revolution in history."--Jacket
The stone that the builder refused by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Continues the saga of Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the successful Haitian slave revolt, as he struggles to free Haiti from the bonds of slavery and to build a new society on the roots of revolution
Lavoisier in the year one : the birth of a new science in an age of revolution by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Portuguese and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antoine Lavoisier--who lived at the zenith of the Enlightenment and died at the hands of the French Revolution--was himself a revolutionary. Closely followed by the burgeoning international scientific community, he competed with the best minds of his time to be the first to explain how chemical processes really work. Aided by a large fortune and his accomplished wife, he employed the most ingenious and expensive technology of his time in a series of innovative experiments that forever buried medieval alchemy and established a chemical language still in use today. Yet his personal triumph was short-lived, and the glory his achievement brought France could not protect him from the ravages of the Terror.--From publisher description
Soldier's joy by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

10 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laidlaw has returned to Tennessee to find his old boyhood friend Redmon in a battle for the literal salvation of another human who is blacker than Laidlaw, whiter than Redmon
Devil's dream by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nathan Bedford Forrest was the most reviled and celebrated, loathed and legendary, of Civil War generals. We see Forrest off the battlefield, in the more hidden but no less telling moments of his life: wooing the woman who would become his wife; battling an addiction to gambling; overcoming his abhorrence of the bureaucracy of the army to rise to its highest ranks. We see him taking part in the business of slave trading, but treating his own slaves humanely. We see him with his slave mistress, with whom he fathered several children, and we see him reveal his gift for inspiring courage but not change
Straight cut by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

31 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this story of romantic duplicity, drug deals, and double crosses, Tracy discovers that the film editing job in Rome offered to him by an old friend is not at all what it seems
The year of silence by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

29 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays the story of Marian's disaffection and death, told mainly through the stories of others: Weber; his sparring partner, Sinclair; devoted Gwen; and 'hanger-on' Crystal; the dwarf Marian befriended; the police; even Larkin's missing brother
Anything goes by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and French and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-year-old Jesse escapes from his dysfunctional family life by forming a band that embarks on a year-long tour across the South, which enables him to come to terms with where he is from and where he is going
Ten Indians by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A child psychologist decides to repay society for his privileged life by helping the underprivileged. The man, who is white, opens a school in Baltimore to teach Tae Kwon Do to black teenagers, only to discover that the martial arts have limited application to life in the mean streets
Save me, Joe Louis by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Macrae is living pretty close to the edge in the inhospitable rush of Manhattan. He and Charlie make their bread, such as it is, by a fairly clever scheme of forcing their vitims to withdraw money from bank cash machines. It's not very lucrative, but it's not very risky either. They become involved in darker matters, and Macrae indulges in an incomparably brutal act of vengeance, which is not really his style. Charlie is the one with sychotic tendencies. The pair moves on to Baltimore, where they hook up with a black ex-con called Porter, from whom Macrae begins to learn "the perils of living ... an unexamined life." With crime as their livelihood, the three move on to the rural South. It is here that Macrae will rediscover Lacy, an old flame, who will perhaps help him find his balance in his topsy-turvy world of perpetual distemper
Barking man and other stories by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and German and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten tales of misfits in big cities and lonely backwaters, striving to free themselves from traps of their own making In each of Bell's ten stories, characters struggle through trying times, captives of their own bad decisions or plain bad luck. In "Black and Tan," a farmer's fortitude after the tragic death of his family leads him to become a savior of delinquent boys. The title story charts a London student's crumbling psyche. And in "Petit Cachou" hustlers and panhandlers in the French Riviera experience the darker side of life on a seemingly perfect stretch of the Mediterranean coastline. While depicting characters both sympathetic and hopeless, Bell's remarkable insight makes for a vivid rendering of civilization's many frayed edges. Barking Man is the author's second collection of stories, and presents Bell's writing at its most unforgettable
Doctor Sleep by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adrian Strother, a London hypnotherapist who suffers from insomnia, is called upon to help find a serial killer who is targeting little girls
The Washington Square ensemble by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

21 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a rundown park in New York City, five regulars tell their own stories and bring the city's "seedy underworld to vibrant life."--P. [4] of cover
Waiting for the end of the world by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verhaal rond een een epileptische alcoholist, die in de duistere onderwereld van New York een missie heeft te vervullen
Zero db and other stories by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madison Smartt Bell's celebrated debut story collection about the daily struggles of life in America The characters in this captivating collection of stories are linked by imprisonment in desperate circumstances and the currents of history that carry them along. Praised for its clarity of voice and vision, Zero db and Other Stories begins with a grim tour of the Deep South that includes a visit to a Tennessee slaughter yard, an unflinching look at the underbelly of the Northeast, and even a trip back in time to the Great Plains of the nineteenthth century and the confluence of events leading up to the Battle of Little Bighorn. Engrossing and brimming with insight, Bell's early stories are remarkable for their ambition of scope and the author's deft rendering of human diversity
The color of night by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and French and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mae, a Las Vegas blackjack dealer, spends her free time wandering the desert with a rifle, or sitting in her trailer obsessively watching replays of an old lover escaping the wreckage of 9/11. What she sees in those images is different from what the rest of us would see. She revels in the pure anarchy, thrills at the destruction. These images recall memories of a childhood marked by unthinkable abuse, of her drift into a cult that committed the most shocking crime of the '60s, of her life since then as a feral and wary outsider, caught in a swirl of events at once personal, political, mythic"--Publisher description
The best American short stories, 1989( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"100 other distinguished short stories of the year 1988": pages [326]-329
Behind the moon : a fever dream by Madison Smartt Bell( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Julie takes a dangerous fall down the shaft of an underground cave, which opens into a gallery filled with remarkable ancient paintings. Lying unconscious in a hospital bed, Julie travels in a seductive parallel universe populated by a prehistoric human sensibility, while Marissa, who gave Julie up for adoption 15 years earlier, attempts to draw her back to consciousness"--
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All souls' rising
Toussaint Louverture : a biographyMaster of the crossroadsThe stone that the builder refusedLavoisier in the year one : the birth of a new science in an age of revolutionSoldier's joyDevil's dreamStraight cutThe year of silence
Alternative Names
Madison Smartt Bell Amerikaans schrijver

Madison Smartt Bell amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Literaturprofessor

Madison Smartt Bell amerikansk författare

Madison Smartt Bell amerikansk skribent

Madison Smartt Bell écrivain américain

Madison Smartt Bell scrittore statunitense

Smart Bell, Madison

Smartt Bell, Madison

Smartt Bell Madison 1957-....

Мэдисон Смартт Белл

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