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Messud, Claire 1966-

Works: 32 works in 279 publications in 17 languages and 12,704 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Romance fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Exhibition catalogs  Political fiction  Railroad stories  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3563.E8134, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Claire Messud
Most widely held works by Claire Messud
The emperor's children by Claire Messud( Book )

77 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 14 languages and held by 3,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three friends on the verge of their thirties--beautiful, sophisticated Marina Thwaite; Danielle, a quiet TV producer; and Julius, a freelance writer--make their way through New York City, until Marina's idealistic cousin, Bootie, arrives to complicate their lives
The woman upstairs : a novel by Claire Messud( Book )

52 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 2,890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relegated to the status of schoolteacher and friendly neighbor after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a charismatic Lebanese student and is drawn into the child's family until his artist mother's careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal
The last life by Claire Messud( Book )

31 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about French colonists in Algeria and their difficult adjustment to France after Algerian independence. It is narrated by a girl whose grandfather buys a hotel on the Riviera and forgetting he is no longer in the colonies goes to jail for shooting at rowdy teenagers by a pool
The emperor's children by Claire Messud( )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Friends at Brown University, Marina, Danielle, and Julius are still looking to make their marks as they approach their 30s. Marina lives with her celebrated parents on the Upper West Side while trying to complete her book. TV producer Danielle's success is due to the puff pieces she churns out. Freelance critic Julius can barely make ends meet. Into this mix comes Bootie, Marina's college droupout cousin, who is just the catalyst the three friends need to start making siginificant changes in their lives
David Golder ; The ball ; Snow in autumn ; The Courilof affair by Irène Némirovsky( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of novels by the Russian-born author of Suite Française," who died in Auschwitz in 1942, features David Golder," a parable about greed and loneliness, as well as three novels available in English for the first time
The woman upstairs by Claire Messud( Recording )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nora Eldridge, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who long ago abandoned her ambition to be a successful artist, has become the 'woman upstairs', a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her classroom walks Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale. When Reza is attacked by schoolyard bullies who call him a terrorist, Nora is drawn into the complex world of the Shahid family
The hunters : two short novels by Claire Messud( Book )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The widely acclaimed author of "The Last Life" offers two extraordinary short novels about isolation: "A Simple Tale", about a Ukrainian woman relocated as a displaced person to Canada, and "The Hunters", following a London scholar who becomes obsessed by the neighbors downstairs
When the world was steady by Claire Messud( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A middle-aged Australian divorcee, whose guiding philosophy is that we make our own happiness, discovers that luck is equally important when she runs into bums who ruin her holiday on Bali
Alice Neel : drawings and watercolors 1927-1978 by Alice Neel( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two serious ladies by Jane Bowles( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Christina Goering, eccentric and adventurous, and Frieda Copperfield, anxious but enterprising, are two serious ladies who want to live outside of themselves. Old friends, each will take a surprising path in search of salvation: during a visit to Panama, Mrs. Copperfield abandons her husband, finding solace in a relationship with a teenage prostitute; while Miss Goering, a wealthy spinster, pursues sainthood via sordid encounters with the basest of men. At the end the two women meet again, each radically altered by her experience"--Provided by publisher
The use of man by Aleksandar Tišma( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aleksandar Tisma's The Use of Man is an unsparing and unequaled reckoning with the destruction of human life, self, and being in war, a book about a particular time and place, World War II and the Balkans, but nonetheless for all times. Set on the banks in the multiethnic town of Novi Sad on the Yugoslavian border with Hungary, the novel tracks the intertwined lives of a group of young people, high-school classmates, accustomed to studying and dancing and flirting and gossiping with one another. Then war breaks out, changing everything. Vera, of German background and half Jewish, is sent to a concentration camp; her cousin Sep becomes a Nazi; her boyfriend Milinko, a Serb, joins the resistance. Another friend, Svedoje, triumphs over the mayhem by becoming a killer, pure and simple. And when Vera returns after the war to what remains of the place called home she finds that survival, too, has its dead ends. Tisma is one of the master writers of the twentieth century, a companion to Vasily Grossman, Curzio Malaparte, and Laszlo Krasznahorkai. Writing about the savagery that erupts in war but also about the persistent terror that underlies peace, Tisma, more than any of his peers, speaks directly to the unspeakable cruelty of life. He does so, however, with a composure, with a respect for the singularity of human character and existence, and with bleak beauty that makes his work not only unignorable but essential. The scrupulous archaeologist of the destroyed soul, he restores its fragments to our contemplation with such art and care that we cannot turn aside"--
Une histoire simple ; (suivi de) Les chasseurs : deux romans by Claire Messud( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Regroupe deux courts romans : le premier, qui donne son titre au volume, relate l'influence subtile qu'exerce une vieille bonne sur sa vieille patronne ; le second, "Les chasseurs", voit le narrateur, venu étudier à Londres, regarder les marionnettes qui s'agitent derrière les fenêtres, jusqu'au jour où l'une d'entre elles va malgré lui entrer dans sa vie
The burning girl : a novel by Claire Messud( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The professor's history by Claire Messud( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claire Messud: The woman upstairs by Claire Messud( )

2 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Known for her deft ability to conjure the lives and mores of radically different characters, Claire Messud is "a writer of near-miraculous perfection" (New York Times). Her books include When the World Was Steady, The Hunters, and The Last Life -- all New York Times Notable Books of the Year -- and The Emperor's Children, a cutting portrait of life among Manhattan's junior intelligentsia that was long-listed for the Booker Prize. A PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, she is the recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships, as well as the Straus Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In her new book, a consistent friend and tidy neighbor is transformed by desire for a world beyond her own
La donna del martedì : romanzo by Claire Messud( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in Italian and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anne Peretz : paintings by Anne Peretz( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exit strategies by Aleksandar Hemon( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Be it a wrong turn, a bad relationship, a debilitating illness or a war, every action creates a reaction, every move is followed by another move. How do we get out of what we've gotten ourselves into? How do we deal with what's been thrust upon us? Granta 118 zooms in close on the phenomenon of the exit strategy
Atonement : a novel by Ian McEwan( Book )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister, Cecilia, strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries and committed a crime that creates in her a sense of guilt that will color her entire life. Ian McEwan has in each of his novels drawn the reader brilliantly into the intimate lives and situations of his characters. But never before has he written on a canvas so large: taking the reader from a manor house in England in 1935, to the retreat to Dunkirk in 1941, to a London hospital soon after where the maimed, broken, and dying soldiers are shipped from the evacuation, to a reunion of the Tallis clan in 1999. Atonement is Ian McEwan's finest achievement. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war. England and class, it is at its center a profound-and profoundly moving-exploration of shame and forgiveness, of atonement and the difficulty of absolution
Strangers on a train by Patricia Highsmith( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here we encounter Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him."--Page 4 of cover
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The emperor's children
Alternative Names
Claire Messud American writer

Claire Messud Amerikaans schrijfster

Claire Messud escritora estadounidense

Claire Messud US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

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The last lifeThe emperor's childrenDavid Golder ; The ball ; Snow in autumn ; The Courilof affairThe hunters : two short novelsWhen the world was steadyUne histoire simple ; (suivi de) Les chasseurs : deux romansThe professor's history