Re: RARA-AVIS: Jean-Claude Izzo

From: Philip Benz (
Date: 01 Feb 2000

Serbes asks:
<< is any of his work published in English?I haven't found any at Amazon. >>

I don't believe so. Though I'd be happy to pass on the ISBNs for the French edition. I'm half-tempted to take a shot at the translation myself, but it would mean re-inventing the immigrant-marseillais slang in English. I did live in Marseille for 3 years, but can't say I spent much time in the "quartiers nord" hobnobbing with the street kids.

Izzo's hero, Fabio Montale lives in a hard-boiled world, but I suspect he has too soft a center to pass any hardness tests we'd care to set. I also wonder if extensive flashbacks aren't to some degree incompatible with the hard-boiled flavor.

Cheers, --- Phil Lyc饠Astier, Aubenas, France

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