Chourmo

Chourmo

by Jean-Claude Izzo
     
 

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The Marseilles trilogy, featuring ex-cop Fabio Montale, is a classic of European crime fiction. Its publication was the catalyst for the foundation of an entire literary movement, Mediterranean noir, and made its author an overnight celebrity. Europa is Proud to reissue the entire trilogy this summer in new editions that have a fresh look and feature an

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The Marseilles trilogy, featuring ex-cop Fabio Montale, is a classic of European crime fiction. Its publication was the catalyst for the foundation of an entire literary movement, Mediterranean noir, and made its author an overnight celebrity. Europa is Proud to reissue the entire trilogy this summer in new editions that have a fresh look and feature an introduction by “the reigning king of Mediterranean noir”, Massimo Carlotto.

Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker
Izzo, who died in 2000, is more than adept at noir conventions—gritty light, sudden switches of scene, the pervasive rot of cynicism, which sullies even the best intentions. But what makes his 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.
Publishers Weekly
Fans of gritty noir who haven't read Total Chaos, the first title in Izzo's Marseilles trilogy, will still be gripped by this sequel. Ex-cop Fabio Montale, whose compassion puts him at odds with his colleagues and superiors, gets an appeal from his attractive cousin to trace her missing son. Tragically, Montale soon finds the boy was killed by gunmen targeting someone else. The apparently related death of a friend, a social worker dedicated to working in Marseilles's poorest neighborhoods, further spurs Montale to risk his life to track down those responsible. Like the best American practitioners in the genre, Izzo refrains from any sugarcoating of the city he depicts or the broken and imperfect men and women who people it. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Like the eponymous slaves who powered Roman galleys, the neighbors who pull together hoping against hope for escape fuel the second installment of Izzo's Marseilles trilogy. Fabio Montale has resigned from a police force even more violent and morally compromised than he is (Total Chaos, 2005). But you don't resign from violence itself, and when his beloved cousin Gelou's son Guitou disappears, Fabio fears the worst. And with reason: The boy, whose first romantic tryst was unwisely set in a borrowed apartment down the hall from Algerian historian Hocine Draoui, is gunned down after he stuck his head out the door in response to Hocine's screaming. Which of the dozens of possible candidates-neighborhood kids who've graduated from holdups to homicide, Islamic fundamentalists who didn't approve of Guitou's dating Naima Hamoudi, terrorists who long ago threatened Hocine with death-is responsible? The question is bleak and the answer even bleaker, but along the way, Izzo provides another guided tour of the underbelly of Marseilles (so extensive that it seems to swallow the whole city) that's bracing in its wit and velocity, and this time, with a surprising amount of sententious sentimentality as well: "The world was like us now. No destination, no future."A bitter, sad and tender salute to a place equally impossible to love or leave. Like George Pelecanos, Izzo connects to individual lives large-scale social, economic and political forces most often encountered in op-ed columns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609451271
Publisher:
Europa
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
Marseilles Trilogy, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
762,277
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

“Like the best noir writers—and make no mistake, he is among the best — Izzo not only has a keen eye for detail . . . but also digs deep into what makes men weep.”—Time Out New York

"Rich, ambitious, and passionate." — Washington Post

"Izzo provides another guided tour of the underbelly of Marseilles (so extensive that it seems to swallow the whole city) that's bracing in its wit and velocity." — Kirkus (starred review)

Meet the Author

Jean-Claude Izzo was born in Marseilles, France, in 1945. He achieved astounding success with his Marseilles Trilogy (Total Chaos, Chourmo, Solea). In addition to the books in this trilogy, his two novels (The Lost Saliors, and A Sun for the Dying) and one collection of short stories (Vivre fatigue) also enjoy great success with both critics and the public. Izzo died in 2000 at the age of fifty-five.

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