"The writing is divine."
—Andrea Camilleri, author of the bestselling Inspector Montalbano series
"Izzo is exceptional at describing the melancholy, aching atmospheres in which these characters find themselves; he tenderly evokes their desperation, and via their misadventures portrays the cruelty of a world where men are sold for scrap like abandoned ships."
Praise for Jean-Claude Izzo's Marseilles Trilogy
"[Total Chaos is] full of fascinating characters, tersely brought to life in a prose style that is (thanks to Howard Curtis' shrewd translation) traditionally dark and completely original."
"[Izzo's] novel is rich, ambitious and passionate, and his sad, loving portrait of his native city is amazing."
—The Washington Post
"Izzo's Marseilles is ravishing. Every street, cafe and house has its own character."
—Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"What makes [Izzo's] work haunting is his extraordinary ability to convey the tastes and smells of Marseilles."
—The New Yorker
"The author masterfully depicts his native Marseilles' sensuous diversity, from down-at-heels
cafés to the increasingly ritzy and snobbish seaside."