Izzo (1945-2000) returns to Marseille (Total Chaos, etc.) 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 the breakup in Rennes from 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, Rico, grief-stricken, decides to return to Marseille, where 20 years before as a recently demobilized marine he meet his first love, Léa. 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. (Aug.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
A Sun for the Dyingby Jean-Claude Izzo
Rico has been banished to society’s margins; he has neither a roof over his head nor a steady income on which to depend. When a friend and fellow vagabond dies of exposure after a night spent in the Paris metro
A year before his untimely death, Jean-Claude Izzo penned his masterpiece: this dramatic story of a man’s search for human intimacy.
Rico has been banished to society’s margins; he has neither a roof over his head nor a steady income on which to depend. When a friend and fellow vagabond dies of exposure after a night spent in the Paris metro, Rico decides to flee the northern cold for his beloved south, for Marseilles and the warmth of the Mediterranean. Diverted and hindered along the way, he suffers the vagaries of human cruelty and pettiness, and is warmed by occasional, fleeting instances of human tenderness. His return to the Mediterranean is simultaneously a homecoming and a pilgrimage in search of lost love, innocence, and humanity.
From the celebrated author of the Marseilles trilogy, this is both an affecting on-the-road novel and a tender exploration of love’s power both to heal and to destroy.
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Meet the Author
Jean-Claude Izzo achieved immediate success with his Marseilles trilogy, published in English by Europa Editions. He died in 2000 at the age of fifty- five.
About the Translator
Howard Curtis lives in London. His many translations include three novels by Georges Simenon, Marc Dugain's The Officers' Ward, nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and Edoardo Albinati's Coming Back, winner of the John Florio Italian Translation Prize. He is the translator of all three books in the Marseilles trilogy.
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So far, from the ones I have read yet, this is my favourite. I think it will stay my favourite actually...
It's not that depressing. But whatever. Again, magnifique.
(Another depressing one. Happen to be good at those. I will take topic requests of you give them, but dont expect me to get it done immediately. I can do certain formats as well, but refrain from asking me to do metered poems. Far too much effort. Ask for any requests in the next result or in the closest open result i dont have a poem in.) <br> <br> Hold the anger in, little angel <br> Soon it will burst <br> And you will fly away. <br> <br> Hold the hurt in, little angel <br> Dwell on it <br> It will bring you closer to the edge. <br> <br> Hold the sadness in, little angel <br> Tears have no purpose here <br> You will never cry again. <br> <br> Hold the fear in, little angel <br> You control it <br> Let it grow and fester. <br> <br> Hold the darkness in, little angel <br> Let the night overcome you <br> Let it carry you far away<br> <br> Sleep tight, little angel,<br> And never wake up.<br> <br> <br> ~~[(Blank)]~~