Jean-Claude Izzo





Jean-Claude Izzo


Born
in Marseilles, France
June 20, 1945

Died
January 01, 2000

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Jean-Claude Izzo was a French poet, playwright, screenwriter, and novelist who achieved sudden fame in the mid-1990s with the publication of his three noir novels, Total Chaos (Total Khéops), Chourmo, and Solea: widely known as the Marseilles Trilogy. They feature, as protagonist, ex-cop Fabio Montale, and are set in the author's native city of Marseille. All have been translated into English by Howard Curtis.
Jean-Claude Izzo's father was an Italian immigrant and his maternal grandfather was a Spanish immigrant. He excelled in school and spent much of his time at his desk writing stories and poems. But because of his “immigrant” status, he was forced into a technical school where he was taught how to operate a lathe.
In 1963, he began work i
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Total Chaos

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Chourmo

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Solea

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La trilogie Fabio Montale: ...

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The Lost Sailors

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Il sole dei morenti

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Aglio, menta e basilico: Ma...

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Vivere stanca

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Les marins perdus

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Marinai perduti

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Total Chaos Chourmo Solea
Marseilles Trilogy (3 books)
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Total Chaos Chourmo Solea
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“Sometimes, all it takes is one gesture, one word, to change the course of someone's life. Even if you know it won't last forever.”
Jean-Claude Izzo, Total Chaos

“Να τα βρεις με τη ζωή σημαίνει να τα βρεις με τις αναμνήσεις σου... Ν' αναρωτιέσαι για το παρελθόν δε χρησιμεύει πουθενά. Τις ερωτήσεις πρέπει να τις απευθύνουμε στο μέλλον.”
Jean-Claude Izzo, Chourmo

“The sensuality of desperate lives. Only poets talk like that. But poetry has never had an answer for anything. All it does it bear witness. To despair. And desperate lives. ”
Jean-Claude Izzo, Total Chaos

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