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Bellos, David

Works: 87 works in 308 publications in 2 languages and 14,594 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Diaries  Personal narratives  Detective and mystery stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bildungsromans  Historical fiction  Political fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author of introduction, Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: PG9621.K3, 891.9913
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Publications about David Bellos
Publications by David Bellos
Most widely held works about David Bellos
Most widely held works by David Bellos
The universal history of numbers : from prehistory to the invention of the computer by Georges Ifrah( Book )
in English and held by 1,601 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the history of counting and calculating from the time of cave dwellers to the late twentieth century, examining how different cultures used numbers to solve basic problems related to their everyday needs
Is that a fish in your ear? : translation and the meaning of everything by David Bellos( Book )
18 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,184 libraries worldwide
Funny and surprising on every page, Is That a Fish in Your Ear offers readers new insight into the mystery of how we come to know what someone else means whether we wish to understand Asteerix cartoons or a foreign head of state. Using translation as his lens, David Bellos shows how much we can learn about ourselves by exploring the ways we use translation, from the historical roots of written language to the stylistic choices of Ingmar Bergman, from the United Nations General Assembly to the significance of James Camerons Avatar. Is That a Fish in Your Ear ranges across human experience to describe why translation sits deep within us all, and why we need it in so many situations, from the spread of religion to our appreciation of literature; indeed, Bellos claims that all writers are by definition translators. Written with joie de vivre, reveling both in misunderstanding and communication, littered with wonderful asides, it promises any reader new eyes through which to understand the world.
The journal of Hélène Berr by Hélène Berr( Book )
6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 950 libraries worldwide
The joyful but ultimately heartbreaking journal of a young Jewish woman in occupied Paris, now published for the first time, 63 years after her death. In 1942, Hélène Berr, a 21-year-old Jewish student at the Sorbonne, started to keep a journal, writing with verve and style about her everyday life in Paris--about her studies, her friends, her growing affection for the "boy with the grey eyes," about the sun in the dewdrops, and about the effect of the growing restrictions imposed by France's Nazi occupiers. Humiliations were to follow, which she records, now with a view to posterity. She wants the journal to go to her fiancé, who has enrolled with the Free French Forces, as she knows she may not live much longer. She was right. The final entry is dated February 15, 1944, and we now know she died in Bergen-Belsen in April 1945, within a month of Anne Frank and just days before the liberation of the camp.--From publisher description
The successor : a novel by Ismail Kadare( Book )
11 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 818 libraries worldwide
On Dec. 13, 1981 Mehmet Shehu, a man who was number two in the Albanian government, was killed. Was it murder or suicide? Many different politicians in the country might stand to gain from this death. A wonderful analysis of dictatorship and communistic government
Have mercy on us all by Fred Vargas( Book )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 781 libraries worldwide
"In a small Parisian square, the ancient tradition of the town crier continues into modern times. The self-appointed crier, Joss Le Guern, reads out the daily news, snippets of gossip, and lately, ominous messages placed in his handmade wooden message box by an annonymous source that warn of an imminent onset of the bubonic plague."
Agamemnon's daughter : a novella and stories by Ismail Kadare( Book )
9 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 766 libraries worldwide
In the title novella, a young man working for the state-controlled media agency experiences a vision of the ancient general Agamemnon, who warns him of the repercussions of his love affair with a high-ranking official's daughter, in a collection that also includes the short stories "The Blinding Order" and "The Great Wall."
Spring flowers, spring frost : a novel by Ismail Kadare( Book )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 727 libraries worldwide
In a town at the foot of the northern Highlands, life goes on as always, but people are in a state of shock: a bank has been robbed, a sure sign of the Westernization of this backward Balkan land. Meanwhile, other strange events -- such as the marriage of a girl and a snake -- confirm that ancient legends still prevail. People are flocking from far and wide to search for a tunnel to the Secret State Archives, said to house records of crimes they may have committed. Some even claim the ghosts of former dictators Hoxha, Brezhnev, and Ulbricht -- not to mention Oedipus -- have been seen there ... Against this backdrop, a simple and sensual love story between a painter and a girl stands out as light against dark
Chronicle in stone : a novel by Ismail Kadare( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 695 libraries worldwide
A coming-of-age tale by the inaugural Man Booker International Prize winner follows a young man's efforts to juggle the challenges of growing up in Albania during the terrors of World War II, a period marked by devastating cruelty, betrayals, and simple pleasures
The plague ; The fall ; Exile and the kingdom ; and selected essays by Albert Camus( Book )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 680 libraries worldwide
From the Publisher: From one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers of the twentieth century-two novels, six short stories, and a pair of essays in a single volume. In both his essays and his fiction, Albert Camus (1913-1960) deployed his lyric eloquence in defense against despair, providing an affirmation of the brave assertion of humanity in the face of a universe devoid of order or meaning. The Plague-written in 1947 and still profoundly relevant-is a riveting tale of horror, survival, and resilience in the face of a devastating epidemic. The Fall (1956), which takes the form of an astonishing confession by a French lawyer in a seedy Amsterdam bar, is a haunting parable of modern conscience in the face of evil. The six stories of Exile and the Kingdom (1957) represent Camus at the height of his narrative powers, masterfully depicting his characters-from a renegade missionary to an adulterous wife-at decisive moments of revelation. Set beside their fictional counterparts, Camus's famous essays "The Myth of Sisyphus" and "Reflections on the Guillotine" are all the more powerful and philosophically daring, confirming his towering place in twentieth-century thought
The pyramid by Ismail Kadare( Book )
16 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 593 libraries worldwide
In ancient Egypt, a pharaoh wants to dispense with a pyramid as his grave, but the priests convince him that building one is necessary to keep the populace busy and controlled. A political allegory by an Albanian writer, author of The Concert
Leo Spitzer, essays on seventeenth-century French literature by Leo Spitzer( Book )
4 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 492 libraries worldwide
Georges Perec : a life in words : a biography by David Bellos( Book )
16 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 461 libraries worldwide
The siege by Ismail Kadare( Book )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 455 libraries worldwide
The story of the siege of a Christian citadel in the Albanian mountains by the Ottoman Army in the 15th century
The file on H. by Ismail Kadare( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 440 libraries worldwide
A political comedy on two American academics who are recording story-singers in Albania. The two are on a project to show that story-singers were the source of Homer's epics, but this is much too highbrow for the district governor, convinced the pair are spies. By an Albanian writer, author of The Concert
Honoré de Balzac, Old Goriot by David Bellos( Book )
6 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 422 libraries worldwide
Balzac criticism in France, 1850-1900 : the making of a reputation by David Bellos( Book )
11 editions published between 1971 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 392 libraries worldwide
Jacques Tati : his life and art by David Bellos( Book )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 314 libraries worldwide
What emerges from this biography of the French filmmaker Jacques Tati, is the portrait of a man at once dedicated, impassioned and shy, more an artist than a businessman. He died in 1982 but his comedy films are as popular now as in their heyday
Seeking whom he may devour : Chief Inspector Adamsberg investigates by Fred Vargas( Book )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 254 libraries worldwide
Each day, inhabitants of a small community in the French Alps find another of their ewes with its throat cut. When one of the villagers too is killed people begin to wonder: could it be the work of a werewolf? Soon suspicion falls on Massart, one of the villagers, because of his beardlessness (according to popular legend, werewolves have no hair on their bodies because they are inside the body). Soliman, the victim's adopted son; Le Veilleur, a lonely sheperd and Camille, a lovely girl from the city, decide to pursue Massart and their hunt leads them into the Alps, but their incompetence is undisguisable and they decide to summon Commissaire Adamsberg to help
Journal by Hélène Berr( Book )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 237 libraries worldwide
Hélène Berr (1921-1945), a Jewish French woman, documented her life in a diary during the time of Nazi occupation of France
Honoré de Balzac, La cousine Bette by David Bellos( Book )
9 editions published between 1980 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 230 libraries worldwide
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Belos, David
English (152)
French (3)
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