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Chourmo (original 1996; edition 2000)

by Jean-Claude Izzo

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secondo romanzo della trilogia noir di Izzo, è un romanzo in cui l'ambientazione la fa da padrona, oserei definirlo quasi intimista ( )
  Zeruhur | May 26, 2012 |
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Chourmo is the second novel in Izzo's Marseilles trilogy (aptly named, as the essential character in all the novels is the city itself). Marseille, in all its complexity, is a constant for Izzo; the city's role in the drama goes beyond that of background or setting for the crime-story: the corruption, murder, sex, love and hate with which he populates his noir narratives. Marseille is, in a sense, both father and mother, friend & lover for generations of immigrants, once Italian & Spanish, more recently, North African. It is both fishing village, impoverished post-industrial metropole, & millenial new-economy super-city. In Chourmo, retired police officer Fabio Montale reenters the investigative fray when the youngest son, Guitou, of Fabio's favorite cousin, Gélou, disappears while on an unauthorized weekend visit with his girlfriend Naima. Much murder and mayhem insues, with corrupt police, Islamist extremists, FN racists, confused, more or less innocent adolescents, and the Mafia all involved. A Vietamese buddhist temple, a pair of elderly lovers, & a stupendous car chase along the coast finish things off. My only disappointment is that Izzo waxes less lyrical less often in Chourmo than he did in Total Khéops on the endlessly fascinating topics of food & music. Fabio Montale has become even more cynical, more fatalistic & more of an alcoholic. One senses that for him, in spite of his determination to focus on the life & love he finds very close at hand with friends, food, drink & the sea, his fate must be a tragic one.
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  Paulagraph | May 25, 2014 |
Didn't read after experience of the first in the series, Total Chaos.
  edwardsgt | Oct 6, 2013 |
secondo romanzo della trilogia noir di Izzo, è un romanzo in cui l'ambientazione la fa da padrona, oserei definirlo quasi intimista ( )
  Zeruhur | May 26, 2012 |
secondo romanzo della trilogia noir di Izzo, è un romanzo in cui l'ambientazione la fa da padrona, oserei definirlo quasi intimista ( )
  Zeruhur | May 26, 2012 |
Jean Claude Izzo is the Raymond Chandler of Marseilles, a city as complex and corrupt as the Los Angeles Chandler wrote about. To say that he is as good as Chandler is high praise, and true, but one hastens to add that without Chandler there could be no Izzo. Very much in the tradition Chandler invented, he is a worthy successor to the master, and anyone not absolutely repelled by crime novels, by honesty, by beauty, should explore these novels now.
  dcozy | Jan 16, 2011 |
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