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Nicholson-Smith, Donald

Works: 38 works in 129 publications in 2 languages and 3,116 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Biography  History  Noir fiction  Pictorial works  Biographies  Illustrated works  Comics (Graphic works) 
Roles: Translator, Author, Other
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Most widely held works by Donald Nicholson-Smith
Three to kill by Jean-Patrick Manchette( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942-1995) rescued the French crime novel from the grip of stodgy police procedurals-restoring the noir edge by virtue of his post-1968 leftism. Today, Manchette is a totem to the generation of French mystery writers who came in his wake. Jazz saxophonist, political activist, and screen writer, Manchette was influenced as much by Guy Debord as by Gustave Flaubert
Fatale by Jean-Patrick Manchette( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aimee rolls into town seeking opportunity but unexpectedly falls prey to local machinations
The mad and the bad by Jean-Patrick Manchette( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Michel Hartog, a sometime architect, is a powerful businessman and famous philanthropist whose immense fortune has just grown that much greater following the death of his brother in an accident. Peter is his orphaned nephew--a spoiled brat. Julie is in an insane asylum. Thompson is a hired gunman with an ulcerated gut. Michel, known for his kindly interest in the disadvantaged, hires Julie to look after Peter. And he hires Thompson to kill them. Julie and Peter escape. Thompson, gut groaning, pursues. Hunter and hunted make their way across France to the remote mountain estate to which Michel has retreated. Bullets fly. Bodies accumulate. The craziness is just getting started. Like Jean-Patrick Manchette's celebrated Fatale, The Mad and the Bad is a clear-eyed, cold-blooded, pitch-perfect work of creative destruction"--
Paris vagabond by Jean-Paul Clébert( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paris Vagabond is an unclassifiable masterpiece, a book that purports to be a novel but, accompanied as it is by the photographs of Patrice Molinard, is as much a brilliant documentary as a work of the imagination. In rich prose, suffused with the language of the street, and brilliantly rendered in English by Donald Nicholson-Smith, Jean-Paul Clebert captures the essence of a long-gone Paris of the poor, the criminal, and the outcast: a society of outsiders beyond the social pale. Clebert's is a genuinely anarchist voice, a free spirit who was an intrepid explorer of a Paris that was in many places practically ruinous but where the poor were not yet completely marginalized. He was also a true writer's writer, hailed by his mentor and friend Blaise Cendrars and admired by Henry Miller, who said that reading Paris Vagabond "roiled my guts.""--
The revolution of everyday life by Raoul Vaneigem( Book )

11 editions published between 1967 and 2012 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vaneigem first defines the alienating features of everyday life in consumer society: survival rather than life, the call to sacrifice, the cultivation of false needs, the dictatorship of the commodity, subjection to social roles, and above all the replacement of God by the Economy. The second part of the work, 'Reversal of Perspective', explores the countervailing impulses that, in true dialectical fashion, persist within the deepest alienation: creativity, spontaneity, poetry, and the path from isolation to communication and participation
The green hand and other stories by Nicole Claveloux( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nicole Claveloux's short stories--originally published in the late 1970s and never before collected in English--are among the most beautiful comics ever created: whimsical, intoxicating, with the freshness and splendor of dreams. In hallucinatory color or elegant black-and-white, she brings us into lands that are very different from our own but oddly recognizable. They are lands filled with murderous grandmothers and lonely city dwellers, bad-tempered vegetables and walls that are surprisingly easy to fall through, lands in which the very air seems alive and capable of telling you a dirty joke (or the meaning of life). In the title story, a new houseplant becomes the first step in an epic journey of self-discovery and a witty fable of modern romance--complete with talking shrubbery, infantile gourmands, a wised-up genie, and one very depressed bird. This new selection is the perfect introduction to the work of an unforgettable, unjustly neglected master of French comics"--
Letters to Madeleine : tender as memory by Guillaume Apollinaire( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Collects for the first time in English the remarkable letters and poems sent by French poet Guillaume Apollinaire to his fiancée Madeleine Pagès during World War I. Stationed in the trenches of Champagne, this man of letters who had been at the forefront of the surrealist movement was transformed overnight into an artilleryman. Apollinaire shares with Madeleine his thoughts on art and literature from Racine to Tolstoy, and at the same time he uniquely documents the daily life of a soldier at the front during the Great War"--Publisher description
Cousin K by Yasmina Khadra( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Such was the battle that raged between Cousin K and me: good done badly; evil done well." So relates the unnamed narrator of Cousin K as he launches into the sad tale of his childhood. With his father brutally killed as a traitor during Algeria's war of independence and his older brother an army officer far away, the young boy lives reclusively with his mother, an unfeeling woman who ignores him entirely. At fourteen he directs his thirst for affection toward his nine-year-old cousin, K, who has come to stay with his family for the summer. But so far from reciprocating his passionate regard for her, the little girl steals the affections of his mother and mocks and humiliates him resulting in his love becoming hopelessly entangled with hatred. Now, fate places a young woman in the narrator's path when he rescues her after a violent attack. From her he once more begs for the love that his mother and K always refused him, and her rejection revives the same hatred and illuminates the permanent emotional scars left on him from a lifetime of emotional neglect and derision, resulting in dire consequences."--
The production of space by Henri Lefebvre( Book )

34 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and French and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book is a search for a reconciliation between mental space (the space of the philosophers) and real space (the physical and social spheres in which we all live). In the course of his exploration, Henri Lefebvre moves from metaphysical and ideological considerations of the meaning of space to its experience in the everyday life of home and city. He seeks, in other words, to bridge the gap between the realms of theory and practice, between the mental and the social, and between philosophy and reality. In doing so, he ranges through art, literature, architecture and economics, and further provides a powerful antidote to the sterile and obfuscatory methods and theories characteristic of much recent continental philosophy
Mygale by Thierry Jonquet( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Richard Lafargue, a well-known plastic surgeon, pursues and captures Vincent Moreau, who raped Lafargue's daughter and left her hopelessly mad in an asylum. Lafargue is determined to exact an atrocious vengeance, and an ambiguous, even sadomasochistic relationship develops between self-appointed executioner and victim."--Jacket
50 drawings to murder magic by Antonin Artaud( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sick planet by Guy Debord( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guy Debord is one of the 20th Century's most prophetic critics. His bestselling work, Society of the Spectacle, decisively transformed debates on the shape of modernity, capitalism, and everyday life. Since his suicide in 1994, the accuracy and pertinence of his writings on those troubled times is ever more apparent. A Sick Planet brings together three of his key essays. The Rise and Fall of the "Spectacular" Commodity-Economy is an analysis of the Watts riots in Los Angeles in the summer of 1965, when much of the city's black population fought thousands of police and National Guard for several days. The Explosion Point of Ideology in China examines and celebrates the decomposition of bureaucratic power and its ideology in China. A Sick Planet presents an extremely prescient polemic on global environmental degradation
In praise of defeat : poems selected by the author by Abdellatif Laâbi( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cruel tales from the thirteenth floor by Luc Lang( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In sixteen ferocious short stories, French author Luc Lang encapsulates the brutality of everyday life. Each tale is an admixture of tragedy, comedy, ridicule, and pain. Compassion lurks somewhere, perhaps, but pity is conspicuous by its absence. Lang's curt, agitated prose disassembles daily life with a swift, unflinching hand and examines it with a sharp, analytic eye. Skinning quotidian moments to bare, raw impulses, confusions, and the agonies underneath, the stories in Cruel Tales from the Thirteenth Floor, show the mundane grind of the everyday forces that are fueled by cruel calculation and amoral happenstance and shot through with bizarre surprise. The results are at once coldly comic and powerfully tragic. Interpreting human interactions as a series of precise jabs and desperate flailings, Cruel Tales from the Thirteenth Floor tells truths about the darker sides of our potential and our well-meaning urges dimmed by chance."--
The society of the spectacle by Guy Debord( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative as Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960s up to the present, the volatile theses of this book have decisively transformed debates on the shape of modernity, capitalism and everyday life in the late twentieth century. Now finally available in a superb English translation approved by the author, Debord's text remains as crucial as ever for understanding the contemporary effects of power, which are increasingly inseparable from the new virtual worlds of our rapidly changing image/information culture."--Jacket
Behavior and evolution by Jean Piaget( Book )

8 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is the relationship between behavior and the processes which shape evolution? Why has behavior, whether it amounts to no more than a flower's reaction to light or encompasses the complexities of human thought, been so neglected by traditional evolutionary theory? Beginning with these questions, Jean Piaget offers a dazzling, at time demanding, inquiry into the state of our understanding of evolution. This is a task that takes Piaget from an investigation of the early giants Darwin and Lamarck, to the contributions of Weiss and Baldwin, to the role of cybernetics. Along the way he outlines the relation between instinct and evolution, habits and acquired characteristics. He criticizes those who reduce the question to a genetic determinism. And he challenges those who see no qualitative difference between the evolution of anatomical structures and the evolution of behavioral structures. What Piaget develops in this concise and remarkable work is a subtle, sophisticated theory of behavior in both the plant and the animal worlds. Drawing on his life's work, he argues that all organisms are active and creative, and that the forms of organization they create in their environment go to the heart of the meaning of behavior and the processes of evolution. A prolific writer on philosophy and biology, as well as the father of the development psychology he calls genetic epistemology, Jean Piaget has had as his main area of concern the genesis of abstract concepts (classes, relations, numbers) and physical concepts (space, speed, chance, time) in the developing child. His theories have been widely applied to education
The language of psycho-analysis by Jean Laplanche( Book )

7 editions published between 1973 and 2004 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over 250 terms that form the special vocabulary of psychoanalysis. Based on Sigmund Freud's concepts, but also includes concepts introduced by other writers, such as Melanie Klein. Alphabetical arrangement. Entries include term or concept; equivalents in German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese; definition; commentary (usually 1 or more pages); and references. Bibliography. Indexes of German and English terms
Guy Debord by Anselm Jappe( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

'68 by Paco Ignacio Taibo( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the night of October 2, 1968, there occurred a bloody showdown between student demonstrators and the Mexican government in Tlatelolco Square. At least two hundred students were shot dead and many more were detained. Then the bodies were trucked out, the cobblestones were washed clean. Detainees were held without recourse until 1971. Official denial of the killing continues even today: In the first week of February 2003, Mexico's Education Secretary Reyes Tamiz ordered a new history textbook that mentions the massacre-Claudia Sierra's History of Mexico: An Analytical Approach-removed from shelves and classrooms. (Public outcry led Tamiz to reverse his decision days later.) No one has yet been held accountable for the official acts of savagery. With provocative, anecdotal, and analytical prose, Taibo claims for history "one more of the many unredeemed and sleepless ghosts that live in our lands."
In praise of defeat poems selected by the author by Abdellatif Laâbi( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the central writers and thinkers in contemporary Maghreb letters and banned by the Moroccan government, Abdellatif Laabi's poetry is increasingly influential on the international scene and spans six decades of political and literary change, innovation, and struggle. Including a wide range of work, from piercing domestic love poetry to a fierce lyricism of social resistance informed by nearly a decade spent in prison for "crimes of opinion," all of Laabi's poetry is situated firmly against tyranny and for life'an almost mythic sense of spiritual and earthly joy emanates from this resistance through the darkness of political oppression. This selection of poetry has been masterfully rendered into English for the first time by Donald Nicholson-Smith and introduced by the eminent poet and critic Pierre Joris'the first in translation to be chosen by Laabi himself. From the Trade Paperback edition
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Three to kill
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Donald Nicholson-Smith British translator

Donald Nicholson-Smith Brits vertaler

Smith, Donald Nicholson-.

English (106)

French (2)

FataleThe revolution of everyday lifeLetters to Madeleine : tender as memoryThe production of spaceMygale50 drawings to murder magicA sick planetThe society of the spectacle