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Cullen, John 1942-

Overview
Works: 55 works in 226 publications in 1 language and 17,292 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Political fiction  Historical fiction  Biography  Noir fiction  Romance fiction  Novels 
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 2,063 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 Meursault investigation by Kamel Daoud( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,025 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 943 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 929 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 894 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 832 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 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective 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. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge
Don't move by Margaret Mazzantini( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 550 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
Brodeck : a novel by Philippe Claudel( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 543 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
The Russian affair by Michael Wallner( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 516 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 498 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 489 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 investigation : a novel by Philippe Claudel( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 478 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 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1948, as violence erupts in Jerusalem, a young Arab woman, Hind Husseini, finds fifty-five abandoned children and faces the biggest challenge of her life - changing their destiny. She dedicates her life to providing the children with love and education, and established the Dar El-Tifel orphanage
The wrong blood : a novel by Manuel de Lope( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 416 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 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
Villa triste by Patrick Modiano( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick Modiano is one of the most seductive and accessible in his oeuvre: the story of a man's memories of fleeing responsibility, finding love, and searching for meaning in an uncertain world 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, Rene 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. Modiano has written a haunting novel that captures lost youth, the search for identity, and ultimately, the fleetingness of time
Shift : inside Nissan's historic revival by Carlos Ghosn( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Shift, Carlos Ghosn, the brilliant, audacious, and widely admired CEO of Nissan, recounts how he took the reins of the nearly bankrupt Japanese automotive company and achieved one of the most remarkable turnarounds in automotive'and corporate'history. When Carlos Ghosn (pronounced like "phone") was named COO of Nissan in 1999, the company was running out of gas and careening toward bankruptcy. Eighteen short months later, Nissan was back in the black, and within several more years it had become the most profitable large automobile company in the world. In SHIFT, Ghosn describes how he went about accomplishing the seemingly impossible, transforming Nissan once again into a powerful global automotive manufacturer. The Brazilian-born, French-educated son of Lebanese parents, Ghosn first learned the management principles and practices that would shape his decisions at Nissan while rising through the ranks at Michelin and Renault. Upon his arrival at Nissan, Ghosn began his new position by embarking on a three-month intensive examination of every aspect of the business. By October 1999 he was ready to announce his strategy to turn the company around with the Nissan Revival Plan. In the plan, he consistently challenged the tradition-bound thinking and practices of Japanese business when they inhibited Nissan's effectiveness. Ghosn closed plants, laid off workers, broke up long-standing supply networks, and sold off marginal assets to focus on the company's core business. But slashing costs was just the first step in Nissan's recovery. In fact, Ghosn introduced changes in every corner of the company, from manufacturing and engineering to marketing and sales. He updated Nissan's car and truck lineup, took risks on dynamic new designs, and demanded improvements in quality'strategies that quickly burnished Nissan's image in the marketplace, and re-established the company in the minds of consumers as a leader in innovation and engineering. Like the best-selling memoirs of Jack Welch, Lou Gerstner, and Larry Bossidy, SHIFT is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to transform and re-create a world-class company. Written by one of the world's most successful and acclaimed CEOs, SHIFT is an invaluable guide for business readers everywhere
Supernotes : a thriller by Agent Kasper( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 352 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
The attack by Yasmina Khadra( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Amin Jaafie, an Israeli Arab, is a surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv. Dedicated to his work, respected and admired by his colleagues and community, he represents integration at its most successful. He has learned to live with the violence and chaos that plague his city, and on the night of a deadly bombing in a local restaurant, he works tirelessly to help the shocked and shattered patients brought to the emergency room. But this night of turmoil and death takes a horrifyingly personal turn. His wife's body is found among the dead, with massive injuries, the police coldly announce, typical of those found on the bodies of fundamentalist suicide bombers. As evidence mounts that his wife, Sihem, was responsible for the catastrophic bombing, Dr. Jaafie is torn between cherished memories of their years together and the inescapable realization that the beautiful, intelligent, thoroughly modern woman he loved had a life far removed from their comfortable, assimilated existence together. -- Back cover
 
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The 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 novelThe Russian affair