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The Lost Sailors [Paperback]

By Jean-claude Izzo & Howard Curtis (Translator)
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"Izzo digs deep into what makes men weep."-Time Out New York

In this moving investigation into the human comedy, the men aboard an impounded freighter in the port of Marseilles are divided: Wait for the money owed them, or accept their fate and abandon ship? Captain Abdul Aziz is determined to save his charge and do the right thing by his men. In these close quarters charged with physical and emotional tension, each life begins to resemble a chapter in the complex, colorful, and tragic story of the Mediterranean Sea itself-rich with romance, legend, passion, and drama.

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Pages   262
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Europa Editions
ISBN  1933372354  
ISBN13  9781933372358  

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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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"And in the social hierarchy, it was better to command than to submit."  Feb 14, 2008
Jean-Claude Izzo, author of the Marseilles Trilogy (Total Chaos, Chourmo, and Solea) creates another slice of Marseilles life in his latest novel, The Lost Sailors. While the focus of the book is a handful of sailors stranded in the Port of Marseilles, this novel is the sort of uncompromising, dark exploration of human behaviour that fans expect from Izzo's raw noir crime fiction.

When the novel begins, it's been five months since the freighter Aldebaran, registered to a Cypriot owner, Constantin Takis, was seized as security for unpaid debts. This act leaves the sailors completely stranded and in dire straits. As time goes by, and the court case against Takis continues, the unpaid sailors find themselves living on the freighter with dwindling provisions and short tempers. When most of the international crew is finally paid off, Lebanese Captain Abdul Aziz remains with the freighter along with the Greek first mate Diamantis.

With a great deal of free time, inactivity and boredom, Aziz and Diamantis contemplate their lives, their failed marriages and the time spent at sea. Aziz's career is built on a shameful secret and a moment in which he ignored principles and opted, instead, for security. This decision, based on expediency, eats away at Aziz's conscience, but rather than deal with it openly, it remains destructively buried. Diamantis, on the other hand, decides to come to terms with his past, and the turning point in his life occurred in Marseilles twenty years earlier.

Diamantis's search for his past takes him into the very depths of the Marseilles underworld--the bars where lonely, sex-hungry sailors meet beautiful girls, life is cheap and few can afford principles. As with Izzo's other novels, The Lost Sailors has the usual extraneous characters and lacks a strong focus, but those criticisms aside, Izzo once again offers his readers an unforgettable, unique slice of Marseilles life. While an exploration of the seamy side of Marseilles, and its continuing problems with racism and gentrification, The Lost Sailors also pays homage to those men who spend their lives on the sea--a dying breed of men who are lost and vulnerable on the land.
More Than Just a Sea Tale  Jan 18, 2008
This short book turned out to be a story I couldn't put down. Although I could find plenty of pitiful characters, they all had elements of the whole human balance sheet, good, bad and fascinating. I have no idea if the translation is a good one or not, but the story went along very smoothly, which is saying a lot as the subjects were so imbedded in the dark side of the life of merchan marines. Izzo will be missed, at least by this reader.

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