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Kíor Thuathail; 280 pages, paperback; 978-1-911363-40 8
A tough and poetic thriller set under the Mediterranean sun. This is the story of three comrades who grew up together on the streets of Marseilles — Ugo, Manu and Fabio — and the gypsy beauty, Lole. Close friends in their youth, they become separated by life, and are brought together again by death.
Death and Poetry under a Mediterranean Sun
Kíor Thuathail (Total Khaos) was adapted as a television series in 2001, and as a film in 2002. The second novel in the series, Chourmo, will be published in 2021.
The author Jean-Claude Izzo was a poet and a writer from Marseille. As well as Kíor Thuathail (Total Khéops), he has written the novels Chourmo and Solea. He died in 2000.
‘A Great Read’
“Tá obair mhór déanta ag Bernadette Nic an tSaoir. Éiríonn léi leabhar beo a chur roimh an léitheoir. Ní mhúchann sí glór an údair ach cuireann ag caint i nGaeilge é agus caitheann sí roinnt focal Fraincise leis an léitheoir anois agus arís leis an chomhthéacs a shaibhriú….. Léitheoireacht den scoth atá ann.” — Pól Ó Muirí, The Irish Times.
“Is féidir an ghrian a mhothú ar do chraiceann, an sáile a bhlaiseadh. Agus an biotáille, an miangas, an dóchas is éadóchas. Grá agus gruaim. Scéinséir lán castaí is corranna … Coirpigh. Póilíní, idir dhíreach is cham. Tuismitheoirí díograiseacha ar loic an tír orthu. Ógánaigh ag iarraidh saoirse is meas. Agus grá. Formad, drúis, saint. Iarrachtaí bheith ionraic i saol lofa.” — Smaointe Fánacha Aonghasa
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