Jean-Claude Izzo - book author
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 in a bookstore. He also actively campaigned on behalf of Pax Christi, a Catholic peace movement. Then, in 1964, he was called up for military duty in Toulon and Djibouti. He then worked for the military newspaper as a photograph and journalist.
Jean-Claude Izzo is the author of books: Total Chaos, Chourmo, Solea, Il sole dei morenti, La trilogie Fabio Montale: Total Khéops, Chourmo, Solea, The Lost Sailors, Aglio, menta e basilico: Marsiglia, il noir e il Mediterraneo, Vivere stanca, Garlic, Mint, & Sweet Basil, A Sun for the Dying
Ugo, Manu, and Fabio grew up together on the mean streets of Marseilles, where friendship means everything. They promised to stay true to one another and swore that nothing would break their bond. But people and circumstances change. Ugo and Manu have been drawn into the criminal underworld of Europe's toughest, most violent and vibrant city. When Manu is murdered and Ugo returns from abroad to avenge his friend's death, only to be killed himself, it is left to the third in this trio, Detective Fabio Montale, to ensure justice is done. Despite warnings from both his colleagues in law enforcement and his acquaintances in the underworld, Montale cannot forget the promise he once made Manu and Ugo. He's going to find their killer even if it means going too far.
In Izzo's novels, Marseilles is explosive, tragic, breathtakingly beautiful and deadly. Asked to explain the astounding success of his now legendary Marseilles triology, Izzo credits his beloved native city: "Essentially, I think I have been rewarded for having depicted the real beauty of Marseilles, its gusto, its passion for life, and the ability of its inhabitants to drink life down to the last drop." Fabio Montale is the perfect protagonist in this city of melancholy beauty. A disenchanted cop with an inimitable talent for living who turns his back on a police force marred by corruption and racism and, in the name of friendship, takes the fight against the mafia into his own hands.
In this second installment of Jean-Claude Izzo's legendary Marseilles Trilogy-which includes Total Chaos, Chourmo, and Solea-Fabio Montale has left a police force riddled with corruption, racism, and greed to follow the ancient rhythms of his native town: the sea, fishing, the local bar, hotly contested games of belote. But his cousin's son has gone missing, and Montale is dragged back onto the mean streets of a violent, crime-infested Marseilles.
Gianni già lo sa. Ex militante della lotta armata in Italia, rifugiato a Marsiglia, viene un giorno aggredito da due skinhead con un cane lupo. Non può reagire, ormai ha una famiglia, ha ripudiato il terrorismo. Deve subire l’umiliazione, la violenza... È vita questa? Lo stesso vale per Osman, vittima del razzismo quotidiano. Per Gérard, portuale rimasto senza lavoro che vede le sue illusioni affondare nelle acque nere del porto. E per Aurore e per Giovanni, eroi loro malgrado di questi fatti di cronaca che sanno di tragedia.
In questi brevi racconti Jean-Claude Izzo ha condensato il suo mondo: Marsiglia con il porto, la città rifugio degli esiliati, la crudeltà della vita, l’incapacità degli uomini di amare e di capire, la violenza e il razzismo. Il testamento amaro e straziante di un grande scrittore.