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Jean-Claude Izzo achieved immediate success with his Marseilles trilogy (Total Chaos, Chourmo, Solea) published in English by Europa Editions from 2005 to 2007. He is also the author of The Lost Sailors (Europa Editions, 2007) and is widely credited with being the founder of the Mediterranean noir movement. Izzo died in 2000, at the age of fifty-five.

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Praise for A Sun for the Dying "Our last true romantic, Jean-Claude Izzo transmits warmth to his readers, as if granting them a mouthful of pure love. A Sun for the Dying is beautiful, like a black sun, tragic and desperate." --Le Point (France) "Jean-Claude Izzo knew how to recount stories of intense love found and lost, of the sea and the sun and their perfumes-above all the blue Mediterranean of Marseilles--of the lives of forsaken tramps who wander the streets begging 'please, can you spare a little sun.'"--La Repubblica (Italy) Praise for Jean-Claude Izzo "Izzo digs deep into what makes men weep."--Time Out New York "Izzo writes candidly about European racial politics, and his characters brood intriguingly." --Publishers Weekly "What makes [Izzo's] work haunting is his extraordinary ability to convey the tastes and smells of Marseilles, and the way memory and obligation dog every step his hero takes."--The New Yorker "Izzo's Marseilles is ravishing. Every street, cafe and house has it's own character."--Globe and Mail Praise for "A Sun for the Dying ""Our last true romantic, Jean-Claude Izzo transmits warmth to his readers, as if granting them a mouthful of pure love. "A Sun for the Dying" is beautiful, like a black sun, tragic and desperate." "Le Point" (France) "Jean-Claude Izzo knew how to recount stories of intense love found and lost, of the sea and the sun and their perfumes above all the blue Mediterranean of Marseilles of the lives of forsaken tramps who wander the streets begging 'please, can you spare a little sun.'" "La Repubblica" (Italy) Praise for Jean-Claude Izzo "Izzo digs deep into what makes men weep." "Time Out New York" "Izzo writes candidly about European racial politics, and his characters brood intriguingly." "Publishers Weekly ""What makes [Izzo's] work haunting is his extraordinary ability to convey the tastes and smells of Marseilles, and the way memory and obligation dog every step his hero takes." "The New Yorker ""Izzo's Marseilles is ravishing. Every street, cafe and house has it's own character." "Globe and Mail"" Izzo (1945?2000) returns to Marseille (setting of "Total Chaos" and other of his books) with a bleak, affecting tale about a man on the skids, despairing of love's ability to heal. Rico, the 40-something, hard-drinking transient protagonist, still smarts from a breakup in Rennes with his beautiful, avaricious wife, Sophie. Living on the streets of Paris when his down-and-out friend, Tito, dies curled up on the metro train, the grief-stricken Rico decides to return to Marseille, the city where 20 years before, as a recently demobilized marine, he meet his first love, L?a. The novel becomes a kind of desperate road trip (Tito used to tell Rico about Kerouac's On the Road), as Rico bums his way from Paris to Marseille. Abdou, a 13-year-old Algerian refugee boy in search of a father, takes over the narrative when Rico, increasingly ill, beat up and alcoholic, sinks into a state of delusional regret. Izzo's last novel proves riveting and grim. ?"Publisher's Weekly" Starred Review (Augus Izzo (1945 2000) returns to Marseille (setting of "Total Chaos" and other of his books) with a bleak, affecting tale about a man on the skids, despairing of love's ability to heal. Rico, the 40-something, hard-drinking transient protagonist, still smarts from a breakup in Rennes with his beautiful, avaricious wife, Sophie. Living on the streets of Paris when his down-and-out friend, Tito, dies curled up on the metro train, the grief-stricken Rico decides to return to Marseille, the city where 20 years before, as a recently demobilized marine, he meet his first love, L a. The novel becomes a kind of desperate road trip (Tito used to tell Rico about Kerouac's On the Road), as Rico bums his way from Paris to Marseille. Abdou, a 13-year-old Algerian refugee boy in search of a father, takes over the narrative when Rico, increasingly ill, beat up and alcoholic, sinks into a state of delusional regret. Izzo's last novel proves riveting and grim. "Publisher s Weekly" Starred Review (August Izzo (1945a2000) returns to Marseille (setting of "Total Chaos" and other of his books) with a bleak, affecting tale about a man on the skids, despairing of love's ability to heal. Rico, the 40-something, hard-drinking transient protagonist, still smarts from a breakup in Rennes with his beautiful, avaricious wife, Sophie. Living on the streets of Paris when his down-and-out friend, Tito, dies curled up on the metro train, the grief-stricken Rico decides to return to Marseille, the city where 20 years before, as a recently demobilized marine, he meet his first love, LA(c)a. The novel becomes a kind of desperate road trip (Tito used to tell Rico about Kerouac's On the Road), as Rico bums his way from Paris to Marseille. Abdou, a 13-year-old Algerian refugee boy in search of a father, takes over the narrative when Rico, increasingly ill, beat up and alcoholic, sinks into a state of delusional regret. Izzo's last novel proves riveting and grim. a"Publisheras Weekly" Starred Review (August) aIzzo not only has a keen eye for detail . . . but also digs deep into what makes men weep.aa"Time Out New York" aOur last true romantic, Jean-Claude Izzo transmits warmth to his readers, as if granting them a mouthful of pure love. A Sun for the Dying is beautiful, like a black sun, tragic and desperate.aa"Le Point "(France) aJust as Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy made Los Angeles their very own, so Mr. Izzo has made Marseilles so much more than just another geographical setting.aa"The Economist"

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