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Bellos, David

Works: 116 works in 536 publications in 4 languages and 17,369 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Detective and mystery fiction  Personal narratives  Diaries  Historical fiction  Autobiographical fiction  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, Narrator, Editor, Interviewee, Other, tra
Classifications: PG9621.K3, 891.9913
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Most widely held works about David Bellos
Most widely held works by David Bellos
The universal history of numbers : from prehistory to the invention of the computer by Georges Ifrah( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the history of counting and calculating from the time of cave dwellers to the late twentieth century, examining how different cultures used numbers to solve basic problems related to their everyday needs
Is that a fish in your ear? : translation and the meaning of everything by David Bellos( Book )

33 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Funny and surprising on every page, Is That a Fish in Your Ear offers readers new insight into the mystery of how we come to know what someone else means whether we wish to understand Asteerix cartoons or a foreign head of state. Using translation as his lens, David Bellos shows how much we can learn about ourselves by exploring the ways we use translation, from the historical roots of written language to the stylistic choices of Ingmar Bergman, from the United Nations General Assembly to the significance of James Camerons Avatar. Is That a Fish in Your Ear ranges across human experience to describe why translation sits deep within us all, and why we need it in so many situations, from the spread of religion to our appreciation of literature; indeed, Bellos claims that all writers are by definition translators. Written with joie de vivre, reveling both in misunderstanding and communication, littered with wonderful asides, it promises any reader new eyes through which to understand the world.
The journal of Hélène Berr by Hélène Berr( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The joyful but ultimately heartbreaking journal of a young Jewish woman in occupied Paris, now published for the first time, 63 years after her death. In 1942, Hélène Berr, a 21-year-old Jewish student at the Sorbonne, started to keep a journal, writing with verve and style about her everyday life in Paris--about her studies, her friends, her growing affection for the "boy with the grey eyes," about the sun in the dewdrops, and about the effect of the growing restrictions imposed by France's Nazi occupiers. Humiliations were to follow, which she records, now with a view to posterity. She wants the journal to go to her fiancé, who has enrolled with the Free French Forces, as she knows she may not live much longer. She was right. The final entry is dated February 15, 1944, and we now know she died in Bergen-Belsen in April 1945, within a month of Anne Frank and just days before the liberation of the camp.--From publisher description
The novel of the century : the extraordinary adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos( Book )

14 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The definitive biography of the world's most popular novel. Putting a century of scholarship on one of the world's most enduring popular novels into accessible, narrative form, this new approach to a classic of world literature is written for a wide general readership. Packed full of information about the book's origins and later career on stage and screen, The Novel of the Century brings to life the extraordinary story of how Victor Hugo managed to write his novel of the downtrodden despite a revolution, a coup d'état, and political exile; how he pulled off the deal of the century to get it published; and how he set it on course to become the novel that epitomizes the grand sweep of history in the nineteenth century. This biography of a masterpiece also shows how and why the moral and social messages of Les Misérables are full of meaning for our time."--
The successor : a novel by Ismail Kadare( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Successor' is a powerful political novel based on the sudden, mysterious death of the man who had been handpicked to succeed the hated Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha, by an author the Wall Street Journal called 'one of the most compelling novelists now writing in any language'
The plague ; The fall ; Exile and the kingdom ; and selected essays by Albert Camus( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: From one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers of the twentieth century-two novels, six short stories, and a pair of essays in a single volume. In both his essays and his fiction, Albert Camus (1913-1960) deployed his lyric eloquence in defense against despair, providing an affirmation of the brave assertion of humanity in the face of a universe devoid of order or meaning. The Plague-written in 1947 and still profoundly relevant-is a riveting tale of horror, survival, and resilience in the face of a devastating epidemic. The Fall (1956), which takes the form of an astonishing confession by a French lawyer in a seedy Amsterdam bar, is a haunting parable of modern conscience in the face of evil. The six stories of Exile and the Kingdom (1957) represent Camus at the height of his narrative powers, masterfully depicting his characters-from a renegade missionary to an adulterous wife-at decisive moments of revelation. Set beside their fictional counterparts, Camus's famous essays "The Myth of Sisyphus" and "Reflections on the Guillotine" are all the more powerful and philosophically daring, confirming his towering place in twentieth-century thought
Have mercy on us all by Fred Vargas( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a small Parisian square, the ancient tradition of the town crier continues into modern times. The self-appointed crier, Joss Le Guern, reads out the daily news, snippets of gossip, and lately, ominous messages placed in his handmade wooden message box by an annonymous source that warn of an imminent onset of the bubonic plague."
Spring flowers, spring frost : a novel by Ismail Kadare( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a town at the foot of the northern Highlands, life goes on as always, but people are in a state of shock: a bank has been robbed, a sure sign of the Westernization of this backward Balkan land. Meanwhile, other strange events--such as the marriage of a girl and a snake--confirm that ancient legends still prevail. People are flocking from far and wide to search for a tunnel to the Secret State Archives, said to house records of crimes they may have committed. Some even claim the ghosts of former dictators Hoxha, Brezhnev, and Ulbricht -- not to mention Oedipus--have been seen there ... Against this backdrop, a simple and sensual love story between a painter and a girl stands out as light against dark
Agamemnon's daughter : a novella and stories by Ismail Kadare( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the title novella, a young man working for the state-controlled media agency experiences a vision of the ancient general Agamemnon, who warns him of the repercussions of his love affair with a high-ranking official's daughter, in a collection that also includes the short stories "The Blinding Order" and "The Great Wall."
Chronicle in stone : a novel by Ismail Kadare( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A coming-of-age tale by the inaugural Man Booker International Prize winner follows a young man's efforts to juggle the challenges of growing up in Albania during the terrors of World War II, a period marked by devastating cruelty, betrayals, and simple pleasures
Georges Perec : a life in words : a biography by David Bellos( Book )

38 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Franse schrijver (1936-1982)
The pyramid by Ismail Kadare( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In ancient Egypt, a pharaoh wants to dispense with a pyramid as his grave, but the priests convince him that building one is necessary to keep the populace busy and controlled. A political allegory by an Albanian writer, author of The Concert
Leo Spitzer, essays on seventeenth-century French literature by Leo Spitzer( Book )

6 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Honoré de Balzac, Old Goriot by David Bellos( Book )

8 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This up-to-date account of the novel's composition, structure, and achievement provides readers with the literary and historical knowledge needed to make sense of the text. Professor Bellos explains how Balzac challenged prevailing nineteenth-century expectations of what novels should be like
The siege by Ismail Kadare( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the siege of a Christian citadel in the Albanian mountains by the Ottoman Army in the 15th century
Twilight of the eastern gods by Ismail Kadare( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fictionalized recreation of the author's experiences as a student at the prestigious Gorky Institute for World Literature describes the school's descent into a dangerously Socialist Realist aesthetic that almost caused him to abandon writing altogether
On leave : a novel by Daniel Anselme( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When On Leave was published in Paris in 1957, as France's engagement in Algeria became ever more bloody, it told people things they did not want to hear. It vividly described what it was like for soldiers to return home from an unpopular war in a faraway place. The book received a handful of reviews, it was never reprinted, it disappeared from view. With no outcome to the war in sight, its power to disturb was too much to bear. Through David Bello's translation, this lost classic has been rediscovered. Spare, forceful, and moving, it describes a week in the lives of a sergeant, a corporal, and an infantryman, each home on leave in Paris. What these soldiers have to say can't be heard, can't even be spoken; they find themselves strangers in their own city, unmoored from their lives. Full of sympathy and feeling, informed by the many hours Daniel Anselme spent talking to conscripts in Paris, On Leave is a timeless evocation of what the history books can never record: the shame and the terror felt by men returning home from war--
The file on H. by Ismail Kadare( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the mid-1930s, two Irish-American scholars arrive in a small town in Northern Albania to carry out research on the surviving tradition of spoken verse epics, recording the last of the wandering ballad-mongers. They hope to solve the mystery of Homer'sauthorship of "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey."
Balzac criticism in France, 1850-1900 : the making of a reputation by David Bellos( Book )

12 editions published between 1972 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jacques Tati : his life and art by David Bellos( Book )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and French and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What emerges from this biography of the French filmmaker Jacques Tati, is the portrait of a man at once dedicated, impassioned and shy, more an artist than a businessman. He died in 1982 but his comedy films are as popular now as in their heyday
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The universal history of numbers : from prehistory to the invention of the computer
Is that a fish in your ear? : translation and the meaning of everythingThe journal of Hélène BerrThe successor : a novelThe plague ; The fall ; Exile and the kingdom ; and selected essaysHave mercy on us allSpring flowers, spring frost : a novelAgamemnon's daughter : a novella and storiesChronicle in stone : a novel
Alternative Names
Bellos, D. M.

Bellos, D. M. 1945-

Bellos, David M.

Bellos, David M. 1945-

Belos, David

David Bellos britisch-US-amerikanischer Literaturwissenschaftler und Übersetzer

David Bellos British translator and author

בלוס, דיויד

벨로스, 데이비드

ベロス, デイヴィッド


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