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Cullen, John 1942-

Overview
Works: 50 works in 238 publications in 1 language and 18,324 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Political fiction  Biography  Noir fiction  Suspense fiction  Historical fiction  Military history 
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 )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 2,084 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 )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,293 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 )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,001 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"--
April in Paris by Michael Wallner( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When people on Paris's bustling streets look at Michel Roth, they see little more than a Parisian student, a quietly spoken young man with a book under his arm, handsome but guarded. What they do not realize is that he is carrying a painful secret, one that he cannot even reveal to the woman he loves. For Michel is no ordinary Frenchman but a German. He has been sent to Paris to assist the Nazis in dealing with Resistance fighters. Desperate to escape his daily life, he steals into the world of the oppressed Parisians, and into the path of Chantal. But as Michel falls for the bookseller's beautiful daughter, he discovers that a person's past always catches up with them. Soon he will be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice and choose between his country, his life and his destiny." -- BOOK JACKET
The sirens of Baghdad : a novel by Yasmina Khadra( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 953 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
The day of the barbarians : the battle that led to the fall of the Roman Empire by Alessandro Barbero( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 897 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 852 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 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part haunting crime thriller, part love story, this brilliantly executed novel within a novel is the book on which the Oscar-winning best foreign film of the same name was based. But its stands alone as a gobsmackingly good read, reminiscent of another peerless Spanish tale, The Shadow of the Wind. On the day of his retirement criminal investigator Benjamin Chaparro is determined to put to rest his obsession with the decades-old brutal rape and murder of a beautiful young married woman in Buenos Aires by writing a book about it from his point of view as the chief investigator. As Chaparro sifts through the evidence of the investigation that has haunted him all these years, he begins to revisit the lives of people with whom he had become entangled in pursuit of the murderer: Morales, the murdered woman's husband who has never recovered from the tragedy of losing the love of his life; Pablo Sandoval, Chaparro's gifted but unpredictable partner; and Irene Menendez Hastings, the beautiful upper-class former judge's assistant whose relentless interrogation of one of the prime suspects provoked unintended consequences. Vividly evoking the danger and political intrigue lurking just beneath the surface of everyday life in Argentina during the 1970s 'Dirty War', The Secret in Their Eyes also holds the key to Chaparro's own private drama ... a secret love
Brodeck : a novel by Philippe Claudel( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A murder investigation in post-war France becomes an exploration of the legacy of German occupation
Don't move by Margaret Mazzantini( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 562 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 Russian affair by Michael Wallner( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 528 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
Lies : a novel by Enrique de Hériz( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 502 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
Happy are the happy by Yasmina Reza( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 493 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
The investigation : a novel by Philippe Claudel( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dystopian critique of the darkly comic nature of the human condition follows an unremarkable man's investigation into a series of suicides in a sprawling complex of an unnamed town, where he is hampered by rudeness, regulations, and a growing sense that he is being watched
Miral by Rula Jebreal( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 462 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 wrong blood : a novel by Manuel de Lope( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 434 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
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
Shift : inside Nissan's historic revival by Carlos Ghosn( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Supernotes : a thriller by Agent Kasper( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale inspired by the life of a top-level undercover spy for the CIA and Italian intelligence services finds Agent Kasper investigating a money-printing operation in North Korea, only to be betrayed by his two governments and subjected to a brutal incarceration
Villa triste by Patrick Modiano( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 336 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
 
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The attackApril in ParisThe sirens of Baghdad : a novelThe day of the barbarians : the battle that led to the fall of the Roman EmpireFollow your heartThe secret in their eyesBrodeck : a novelDon't move