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Cullen, John 1942-

Overview
Works: 57 works in 276 publications in 2 languages and 18,359 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Detective and mystery fiction  Political fiction  Historical fiction  Biography  Humorous fiction  Romance fiction  Noir 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 2,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed to leave her home without an escort or covering her face. Intersecting their world is Atiq, a prison keeper, a man who has sincerely adopted the Taliban ideology and struggles to keep his faith, and his wife, Musarrat, who once rescued Atiq and is now dying of sickness and despair. Desperate, exhausted Mohsen wanders through Kabul when he is surrounded by a crowd about to stone an adulterous woman. Numbed by the hysterical atmosphere and drawn into their rage, he too throws stones at the face of the condemned woman buried up to her waist. With this gesture the lives of all four protagonists move toward their destinies. The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exquisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world. Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot, dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair
The attack by Yasmina Khadra( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,236 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 1,133 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 )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 961 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 913 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 )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 899 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 812 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 753 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
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 investigation : a novel by Philippe Claudel( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 525 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 )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A murder investigation in post-war France becomes an exploration of the legacy of German occupation
Miral by Rula Jebreal( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1948, as violence erupts in Jerusalem, a young Arab woman, Hind Husseini, finds fifty-five abandoned children in the streets and faces the biggest challenge of her life. Hind establishes the Dar El-Tifel orphanage, dedicating her life to providing love, support and education to the children, changing their destiny. As the years pass and the conflict rages on, Hind finds that - despite her best efforts - some of her older students are taking part in the violent struggle for Palestinian independence, including one of her brightest students, Miral. Rula Jebreal traces the lives of generations
The Russian affair by Michael Wallner( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 492 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 490 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 468 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 452 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 408 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 392 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 382 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
 
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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
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