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A Sun for the Dying [Paperback]

By Jean-claude Izzo & Howard Curtis (Translator)
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Rico has been banished to societyA's margins; he has neither a roof over his head nor a steady income on which to depend. When a friend and fellow clochard 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 Mediterranean. From the celebrated author of the Marseilles trilogy, this is both an affecting on-the-road novel and a tender exploration of loveA's power both to heal and to destroy.

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Pages   221
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 26, 2008
Publisher   Europa Editions
ISBN  1933372591  
ISBN13  9781933372594  

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More About Jean-claude Izzo & Howard Curtis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jean-Claude Izzo was born in Marseilles in 1945. Best known for the Marseilles trilogy (Total Chaos, Chourmo, Solea), Izzo is also the author of The Lost Sailors, and A Sun for the Dying. Izzo is widely credited with being the founder of the modern Mediterranean noir movement. He died in 2000 at the age of fity-five.

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"you've seen things no one has seen, lived through things no one had lived through. You're condemned."  Sep 14, 2008
Fans of Jean-Claude Izzo's dark crime trilogy set in Marseilles (Total Chaos, Chourmo, Solea) will welcome A Sun for the Dying. While society tends to ignore those who live on the street, Izzo boldly creates an unusual protagonist--a middle-aged homeless man, named Rico. Once employed, successful, and married, Rico is now homeless, living on the streets of Paris. The death of his friend, Titi, convinces Rico to leave Paris to return to the warmth of his beloved Marseilles.

A Sun for the Dying finds Rico on the frozen Parisian streets, begging for change, and saturating his memories with cheap alcohol. The death of his friend, Titi at the age of 45, serves as a wake-up call. Titi showed Rico some of the tricks of surviving on the street, but his lonely death on a platform of a train station, convinces Rico "to leave Paris." He reasons, "If he was going to die, he might as well die in the sun." Teaming up with a violent, young drifter named Dede, the pair head for Marseilles, but Dede has plans to get some easy cash to finance the trip.

Over the course of the novel, Rico's past is gradually revealed, and it's apparent that his life has been shaped by his troubled relationships with women. Rico has sweet memories of his first love, Lea, a Marseilles woman he didn't marry, and Rico concludes this is where he made his first mistake. Rico's subsequent marriage and bitter divorce to the social-climbing Sophie left him vulnerable--financially and emotionally. And this set the stage for the series of events that led to his life on the streets.

There are several women in Rico's past--the generous loving Lea, his ex-wife Sophie, switchboard operator, Malika, and the self-destructive Violaine with "eyes to capsize the world." It's Violaine who takes "him to the abyss into which she had long since plunged." But there's a savage, bleak grace in his relationship with Mirjana, a young, Bosnian prostitute, and it's through this relationship that Rico rediscovers some shred of his humanity. But he pays a terrible price for knowing Mirjana and reasons, "the world dissolves but not the evil that rules it."

A Sun for the Dying is Izzo's finest novel, bitter, bleak and perfect.

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