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Polizzotti, Mark

Works: 104 works in 349 publications in 4 languages and 16,793 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Novels  Biography  Thrillers (Fiction)  Juvenile works  Novellas  Psychological fiction  Bildungsromans  Biographies  Horror fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Writer of accompanying material, Editor, Other, Illustrator, Publisher, wpr
Classifications: PQ2673.O3, 843.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mark Polizzotti
Star of fear, star of hope by Jo Hoestlandt( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 1,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nine-year-old Helen is confused by the disappearence of her Jewish friend during the German occupation of Paris
Suspended sentences : three novellas by Patrick Modiano( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although originally published separately, Modiano's three novellas form a single ... whole, haunted by the same gauzy sense of place and characters. Modiano draws on his own experiences, blended with the real or invented stories of others, to present a dreamlike autobiography that is also the biography of a place. Orphaned children, mysterious parents, forgotten friends, enigmatic strangers--each appears in this three-part love song to a Paris that no longer exists"
Revolution of the mind : the life of André Breton by Mark Polizzotti( Book )

33 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A full-length biography of Andre Breton, the founder and prime theorist of the French Surrealist movement, and one of the twentieth century's most influential and charismatic cultural figures and reformers of modern thought
Syndrome E by Franck Thilliez( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lucie Henebelle, single mother and beleaguered detective, has just about enough on her plate with one daughter in the hospital and another off at summer camp when she receives a panicked call from an ex-lover. Lucie's old friend has developed a case of hysterical blindness after watching an obscure and mysterious film from the 1950s. Embedded in the film are subliminal images so unspeakably heinous that Lucie realizes she must get to the bottom of it--especially when nearly everyone connected to the film starts turning up dead. Enlisting the help of Inspector Franck Sharko--a brooding, broken profiler for the Paris police who is exploring the film's connection to five murdered men unearthed at a construction site--Lucie begins to strip away layers of what is perhaps the most disturbing and powerful film ever made"--Publisher description
Impressions of Africa; a novel by Raymond Roussel( )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While shipwrecked in a mythical African land, passengers stage a gala and entertain the chieftain Talou, their captor, with bizarre performances, including a zither-playing worm, a marksman who can peel an egg at fifty yards, and others
I'm gone : a novel by Jean Echenoz( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Goncourt Prize-winning novel is about a Parisian art dealer who walks out on his wife to join a treasure hunting expedition to the Arctic, only to find himself caught up in a theft. Echenoz has produced a suspenseful crime caper, a look at the uncertainties of love, and a witty foray into corruption in the art market
Writing by Marguerite Duras( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Written in the splendid bareness of her late style, these pages are Marguerite Duras's theory of literature. Comparing a dying fly to the work of style; remembering the trance and incurable disarray of writing; recreating the last moments of a British pilot shot during World War II; or else letting out a magisterial 'So what?' to question six decades of story telling, all operate as an indispensable confession. The final literary testament of one of the greatest French writers of the twentieth century."--Jacket
The black notebook by Patrick Modiano( Book )

12 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A writer's notebook becomes the key that unlocks memories of a love formed and lost in 1960s Paris. In the aftermath of Algeria's war of independence, Paris was a city rife with suspicion and barely suppressed violence. Amid this tension, Jean, a young writer adrift, met and fell for Dannie, an enigmatic woman fleeing a troubled past. A half century later, with his old black notebook as a guide, he retraces this fateful period in his life, recounting how, through Dannie, he became mixed up with a group of unsavory characters connected by a shadowy crime. Soon Jean, too, was a person of interest to the detective pursuing their case--a detective who would prove instrumental in revealing Dannie's darkest secret. The Black Notebook bears all the hallmarks of this Nobel Prize-winning literary master's unsettling and intensely atmospheric style, rendered in English by acclaimed translator Mark Polizzotti. Once again, Modiano invites us into his unique world, a Paris infused with melancholy, uncertain danger, and the fading echoes of lost love"--
Out of my head by Didier van Cauwelaert( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about one man's struggle to reclaim his identity
L'Année dernière a Marienbad( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in French and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feature : "[T]his surreal fever dream, or nightmare, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled château they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais' investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story."--Container
Bred to kill by Franck Thilliez( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this sequel to Syndrome E, Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Sharko have reunited to take on the case of the brutal murder of Eva Louts, a promising graduate student who was killed while working at a primate research center outside Paris. But what first appears to be a vicious animal attack soon proves to be something more sinister. What was Eva secretly researching? Was she tracking three fanatical scientists who control a thirty-thousand-year-old virus with plans to unleash it into the world?"
After the circus by Patrick Modiano( Book )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the hallmarks of French author Patrick Modiano's writing is a singular ability to revisit particular motifs and episodes, infusing each telling with new detail and emotional nuance. In this evocative novel the internationally acclaimed author takes up one of his most compelling themes: a love affair with a woman who disappears, and a narrator grappling with the mystery of a relationship stopped short. Set in mid-sixties Paris, After the Circus traces the relationship between the narrator, a young man not quite of legal age, and the slightly older, enigmatic woman he first glimpses at a police interrogation. The two lovers make their uncertain way into each other's hearts, but the narrator soon finds himself in the unsettling, ominous presence of others. Who are these people? Are they real, or simply evoked? Part romance, part detective story, this mesmerizing book fully demonstrates Modiano's signature use of atmosphere and suggestion as he investigates the perils and the exhilaration of young love
Pedigree : a memoir by Patrick Modiano( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and French and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this rare glimpse into the life of Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano, the author takes up his pen to tell his personal story. He addresses his early years--shadowy times in postwar Paris that haunt his memory and have inspired his world-cherished body of fiction. In the spare, absorbing, and sometimes dreamlike prose that translator Mark Polizzotti captures unerringly, Modiano offers a memoir of his first twenty-one years. Termed one of his 'finest books' by the Guardian, Pedigree is both a personal exploration and a luminous portrait of a world gone by"--Jacket flap
Bouvard and Pécuchet by Gustave Flaubert( Book )

9 editions published between 1936 and 2016 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Considered Gustave Flaubert's masterpiece, Bouvard and Pecuchet opens with two middle-aged copy-clerks who become fast friends after meeting on a city bench and discovering their shared habit of writing their names in their hats: "I should say so! Someone could walk off with mine at the office!" When a small inheritance allows Bouvard and Pecuchet to retire early and move to the country, they use their newfound leisure time to satisfy their curiosity about all the things they'd been too busy to study in the city. Flaubert shows his unlikely protagonists diving disastrously into everything from farming and politics to literature and love, and coming up empty-handed each time - until, finally, their obsessive pursuit of knowledge becomes an end in itself." Bouvard and Pecuchet unravels the novel's realist tradition, and sets the stage for the modernist innovations of Kafka, Joyce, and Beckett. Although Flaubert died before completing it, this new translation contains the fullest and most accurate version of the text, as well as his "Dictionary of Accepted Ideas" and the previously untranslated "Catalogue of Fashionable Ideas."--Publisher
A new world imagined : art of the Americas by Boston Museum of Fine Arts( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work proposes a bold new look at the art of the Americas by viewing it through its intersections and relationships with the world at large. Taking the vast geography and staggering cultural diversity of the North and South American continents as its starting point, the book introduces the ways in which American art, broadly defined, has been shaped both by its encounters with cultures around the globe and by its own past, from the ancient and native populations that first inhabited these territories to the European, Asian, Scandinavian and Latino emigres who settled here. But beyond actual immigration, foreign cultures, especially the strikingly different cultures of Asia and the Islamic world, have also impacted our own in purely imaginary ways, as American artists projected their fantasies and preconceptions on these far off lands and "imported" their motifs, infusing their work with a rich, wholly invented and thoroughly American vision of the "other." Discussing over 200 artworks, from incense burners and painted drinking vessels to some of this country's most celebrated paintings and sculptures, and coinciding with the opening of MFA Boston's new Art of the Americas wing, this work offers an alternate history of the Americas through the diverse inspirations and interactions through which its art has been fashioned. -- From book jacket
Such fine boys by Patrick Modiano( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As a boarding school student in the early 1960s, Patrick Modiano lived among the troubled teenage sons of wealthy but self-involved parents. In this mesmerizing novel, Modiano weaves together a series of exquisitely crafted stories about such jettisoned boys at the exclusive Valvert School on the outskirts of Paris: abandoned children of privilege, left to create new family ties among themselves. Misfits and heroes, sports champions and good-hearted chums, the boys of Valvert misbehave, run away, get expelled, and engage in various forms of delinquency and disappearance. They emerge into adulthood tragically damaged, still tethered to their adolescent selves, powerless to escape the central loneliness of their lives in an ever-darkening spiral of self-delusion and grim consequence"--Back cover
Chopin's move : a novel by Jean Echenoz( Book )

3 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the plot thickens, the characters become embroiled in layer upon layer of deception and double-dealing, leading them further into a world in which nothing can be taken at face value, and in which "reality" hinges on apparently harmless coincidence."--Jacket
Piano : a novel by Jean Echenoz( Book )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After a brief stay in purgatory - part luxury hotel, part minimum-security prison supervised by dead celebrities - Max is sentenced to "the urban zone", a partition of hell bearing an uncanny resemblance to his native Paris on an eternally gloomy day." "Forbidden to reveal his true identity, Max engages in a hapless struggle to piece his former life back together while searching in vain for the women he once loved."--Jacket
The lost steps = Les pas perdus by André Breton( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Lost Steps (Les Pas perdus) is Andre Breton's first collection of critical and polemical essays. Composed between 1917 and 1923, these pieces trace his evolution during the years when he was emerging as a central figure in French (and European) intellectual life. They chronicle his tumultuous passage through the Dada movement, proclaim his explosive views on Modernism and its heroes, and herald the emergence of Surrealism itself. Along the way, we are given Breton's serious commentaries on his Modernist predecessors, Guillaume Apollinaire and Alfred Jarry, followed by his not-so-serious Dada manifestoes
Highway 61 revisited by Mark Polizzotti( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highway 61 Revisited resonates because of its enduring emotional appeal. Few songwriters before Dylan or since have combined so effectively the intensely personal with the spectacularly universal. This book examines just what makes the songs on Highway 61 Revisited so affecting, how they work together as a suite, and how lyrics, melody, and arrangements combine to create an unusually potent mix. He blends musical and literary analysis of the songs themselves, biography (where appropriate) and recording information (where helpful). And he focuses on Dylan's mythic presence in the mid-60s, when he emerged from his proletarian incarnation to become the American Rimbaud
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Star of fear, star of hope
Revolution of the mind : the life of André BretonImpressions of Africa; a novelI'm gone : a novelWritingOut of my headBouvard and PécuchetA new world imagined : art of the AmericasChopin's move : a novel
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