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About the Author
Jean-Claude Izzo was born in Marseilles, France in 1945. Best known for the Marseilles trilogy (Total Chaos, Chourmo, Solea), Izzo is also the author of The Lost Sailors, A Sun for the Dying, and one collection of short stories, Living Tires. Izzo is widely credited with being the founder of the modern Mediterranean noir novel. He died in 2000 at the age of fifty-five.
Howard Curtis has translated more than sixty books from French, Italian, and Spanish. Among his recent translations are works by Daniel Arsand, Santiago Gamboa, and Paolo Sorrentino. He lives in London.
"Izzo's Marseilles is ravishing. Every street, café and house has its own character."--Toronto Globe and Mail
"Mr. Izzo was a marvelous food writer . . . His books are filled with winning descriptions of Provencal meals run through with the flavors of north Africa, Italy, Greece."--SAM SIFTON, The New York Times
"In Izzo's books . . . Marseilles is a 'ville selon nos coeur, ' a city in tune with our heart . . . A cosmopolitan, maritime city, greedy, sensual and warm."--MICHEL SAMSON, Slow Food
"Our last true romantic, Jean-Claude Izzo transmits warmth to his readers, as if granting them a mouthful of pure love."--Le Point