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Cullen, John 1942-

Overview
Works: 56 works in 272 publications in 2 languages and 18,240 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Detective and mystery fiction  Political fiction  Historical fiction  Biography  Humorous fiction  Noir fiction  Romance fiction 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author
Classifications: PQ3989.2.K386, 843.92
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by John Cullen
The swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 2,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel is an astounding tale of love and sacrifice in the horrific and inhumane Taliban regime. How do you survive in a world where you can be beaten up for laughing with your husband? What kind of life can you live when everything has been taken away from you? Where the Taliban rule, love between a man and a woman, joy, music, freedom have been banned, replaced by violence and hatred, all in the name of God. Mosheen and Zunaira had everything going for them before. He was going to become a diplomat, she was a magistrate, they came from wealthy families and married young. They've lost everything: their parents are dead, their house destroyed, Zunaira is not allowed to work and has to wear the hated Burkha to go out. Atiq, a Russian war veteran, now works part-time as a prison jailer. His wife Musarrat is dying of an unknown illness. He is drained by his love and pain for her, her efforts to please him, her slow agony. All around them are men with certainties, ready to lapidate a woman or divorce a dying wife. This harsh world is driving the two couples mad. One day, Mosheen convinces Zunaira to go out with him. At first she resists him. Then she gives way. This outing and its disastrous consequences entwine the fates of the two couples. It is the affirmation of love and sacrifice against the prevailing inhumanity
The attack by Yasmina Khadra( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, unlikely to satisfy partisans on either side of the issue, Dr. Amin Jaafari is a man caught between two worlds; he's a Bedouin Arab surgeon struggling to integrate himself into Israeli society. The balancing act becomes impossible when the terrorist responsible for a suicide bombing that claims 20 lives, including many children, is identified as Jaafari's wife by the Israeli police. Jaafari's disbelief that his secular, loving spouse committed the atrocity is overcome when he receives a letter from her posthumously. In an effort to make sense of her decision, Jaafari plunges into the Palestinian territories to discover the forces that recruited her
The Meursault investigation by Kamel Daoud( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This response to Camus's The Stranger is at once a love story and a political manifesto about post-colonial Algeria, Islam, and the irrelevance of Arab lives. He was the brother of "the Arab" killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus's classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling's memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous: he gives his brother a story and a name--Musa--and describes the events that led to Musa's casual murder on a dazzlingly sunny beach. Harun is an old man tormented by frustration. In a bar in Oran, night after night, he ruminates on his solitude, on his anger with men desperate for a god, and on his disarray when faced with a country that has so disappointed him. A stranger among his own people, he wants to be granted, finally, the right to die. The Stranger is of course central to Daoud's novel, in which he both endorses and criticizes one of the most famous novels in the world. A worthy complement to its great predecessor, The Mersault Investigation is not only a profound meditation on Arab identity and the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria, but also a stunning work of literature in its own right, told in a unique and affecting voice."--
The sirens of Baghdad : a novel by Yasmina Khadra( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forced to leave the university when the Americans invade Iraq, a young man from a small desert village heads for Baghdad to join the resistance, until a top secret mission forces him to reconcile a proposed terrorist act with his own moral principles
April in Paris by Michael Wallner( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Working as an interpreter at Gestapo headquarters in occupied Paris, Roth, a young German soldier, falls in love with Chantal, the daughter of an antiquarian bookshop owner, and finds himself on the opposite side of his Nazi colleagues
The day of the barbarians : the battle that led to the fall of the Roman Empire by Alessandro Barbero( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a close-up look at the Battle of Adrianople in 378 A.D., which led to a disastrous defeat of the Roman army by a barbarian horde led by Fritigern, a battle that marked the beginning of the end for the Roman Empire
Follow your heart by Susanna Tamaro( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of letters from an 80-year-old woman living in a small town in Italy to her rebellious granddaughter in America. In them she recounts the history of their family, philosophizes on life, and offers advice. On the danger of dreams deferred, she writes to the girl, "Listen to your heart. When it speaks, get up and go where it takes you."
The secret in their eyes by Eduardo A Sacheri( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benjamín Chaparro is a retired law clerk still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation, recalling along the way the major players: Pablo Sandoval, Chaparro's erratic yet brilliant partner; Ricardo Morales, the deceased woman's husband, who never recovered from the tragedy; and Isidoro Gómez, the sickeningly obsessive suspect with whom Chaparro feels an uneasy kinship. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long, unrequited love for Irene, then just an intern, now a respected judge. Set in the Buenos Aires of the 1970s, Sacheri's tale reveals the underpinnings of Argentina's Dirty War and takes on the question of justice-- what it really means and in whose hands it belongs. This haunting crime thriller also explores the boundaries of love in all its forms: adoration, devotion and obsession
Don't move by Margaret Mazzantini( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a confession to his comatose daughter, a respected surgeon recounts how he entered into an obsessive extramarital affair with the girl's mother and committed an act of unbridled rage that resulted in her conception
The investigation : a novel by Philippe Claudel( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Investigator is a man quite like any other. He is balding, of medium build, dresses conservatively-in short, he is unremarkable in every way. He has been assigned to conduct an Investigation of a series of suicides (twenty-two in the past eighteen months) that have taken place at the Enterprise, a huge, sprawling complex located in an unnamed Town. The Investigator's train is delayed, and when he finally arrives, there's no one to pick him up at the station. It is alternating rain and snow, it's getting late, and there are no taxis to be seen. Off sets the Investigator, alone, into the night, unsure quite how to proceed. So begins the Investigator's series of increasingly frustrating attempts to fulfill his task. In the course of hours of wandering looking for the entrance to The Enterprise, he bumps into a stranger hurrying past and spills open his luggage, soaking his clothes. When he finally reaches the Enterprise, he is told he does not posses the proper authorization documents to enter after regular hours. Asking for directions to a hotel, he is informed "We're not the Tourist Office," and must set off to find one himself. Time and time again, regulations hamstring him, street layouts befuddle him, and all the while he senses someone watching him, recording his every movement."--Jacket
Brodeck : a novel by Philippe Claudel( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a stranger with unusual manners is murdered for his unflattering and insightful illustrations, a government report writer and concentration camp survivor writes an official, whitewashed account of the incident while secretly penning the truth in a parallel narrative
Miral by Rula Jebreal( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1948, Hind Husseini establishes a school for refugee Palestinian girls in East Jerusalem, and years later, amid ongoing conflict, finds herself in a desperate struggle to save young Miral as she is drawn to join the intifada
The Russian affair by Michael Wallner( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Anna begins an affair with the powerful Soviet official, Alexey Bulyagkov, her life begins to look a little bit brighter. But soon her romance comes to the notice of the KGB, and she's forced to spy on him to protect her family
Happy are the happy by Yasmina Reza( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This citation of Borges resonates with every character in Yasmina Reza's novel, except that they are never so lucky. In fact, what happens to them is the exact opposite of what they crave. The twenty short chapters that make up this unusual book deal with both marital and extramarital vicissitudes, the elusiveness of intimacy, the fear of loneliness, and the desire to be loved or at least understood just once in our lives. The mixing of tones--cruelty and despair competing with humor and fantasy--and the quality of the monologues--taut and highly original--adds to the novel's virtuosity. This is without a doubt Reza's most accomplished work
Lies : a novel by Enrique de Hériz( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An intricately wrought, multilayered novel, "Lies" ranges from the present to deep in the past. Told through two narratives, the stories are both brutal and exciting. Together these stories illuminate the importance of storytelling in shaping beliefs about families and their histories
The wrong blood : a novel by Manuel de Lope( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the days before the Civil War, two women in the Basque Country in northern Spain conspire to commit a victimless crime
Shift : inside Nissan's historic revival by Carlos Ghosn( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Villa triste by Patrick Modiano( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The narrator of Villa Triste, an anxious, roving, stateless young man of eighteen, arrives in a small French lakeside town near Switzerland in the early 1960s. He is fleeing the atmosphere of menace he feels around him and the fear that grips him. Fear of war? Of imminent catastrophe? Of others? Whatever it may be, the proximity of Switzerland, to which he plans to run at the first sign of danger, gives him temporary reassurance. The young man hides among the other summer visitors until he meets a beautiful young actress named Yvonne Jacquet, and a strange doctor, René Meinthe. These two invite him into their world of soirees and late-night debauchery. But when real life beckons once again, he finds no sympathy from his new companions
Villard : the life and times of an American titan by Alexandra Villard De Borchgrave( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of nineteenth-century financier Henry Villard details his 1853 arrival in New York from Germany, his role as a journalist and war correspondent during the Civil War, and his rise to financial success in the Gilded Era
Supernotes : a thriller by Agent Kasper( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agent Kasper is investigating a money-printing operation in North Korea, only to be betrayed by his two governments. While scrappy lawyer Barbara Belli works for his release in Rome, Kasper is a prisoner in the Cambodian hinterlands-- wasted by torture, malnutrition, and psychotropic drugs. He's really pissed off the wrong people this time
 
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The attackThe sirens of Baghdad : a novelApril in ParisThe day of the barbarians : the battle that led to the fall of the Roman EmpireFollow your heartThe secret in their eyesDon't moveBrodeck : a novel