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Cullen, John 1942-

Works: 49 works in 216 publications in 2 languages and 18,099 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Biography  Political fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Military history  Religious fiction  Suspense fiction  Spy stories 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author
Classifications: PQ3989.2.K386, 843.92
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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 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 2,140 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 )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,333 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 sirens of Baghdad : a novel by Yasmina Khadra( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 977 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third novel in Yasmina Khadra's bestselling trilogy about Islamic fundamentalism has the most compelling backdrop of any of his novels: Iraq in the wake of the American invasion. A young Iraqi student, unable to attend college because of the war, sees American soldiers leave a trail of humiliation and grief in his small village. Bent on revenge, he flees to the chaotic streets of Baghdad where insurgents soon realize they can make use of his anger. Eventually he is groomed for a secret terrorist mission meant to dwarf the attacks of September 11th, only to find himself struggling with moral qualms. The Sirens of Baghdad is a powerful look at the effects of violence on ordinary people, showing what can turn a decent human being into a weapon, and how the good in human nature can resist. From the Trade Paperback edition
The Meursault investigation by Kamel Daoud( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 927 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 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 920 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 881 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."
April in Paris by Michael Wallner( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 851 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
Brodeck : a novel by Philippe Claudel( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 596 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
Don't move by Margaret Mazzantini( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 584 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 573 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
Miral by Rula Jebreal( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 496 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
Happy are the happy by Yasmina Reza( Book )

3 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
The wrong blood : a novel by Manuel de Lope( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 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
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 404 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 )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 369 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 CEO, Shift is an invaluable guide for business readers everywhere
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The attackThe sirens of Baghdad : a novelThe day of the barbarians : the battle that led to the fall of the Roman EmpireFollow your heartApril in ParisBrodeck : a novelDon't moveThe Russian affair