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Works by Frank Wynne

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The Elementary Particles (1998) — Translator, some editions — 5,561 copies, 86 reviews
Platform (2001) — Translator, some editions — 2,862 copies, 50 reviews
Ripper (2013) — Translator, some editions — 1,040 copies, 69 reviews
The Great Swindle (2013) — Translator, some editions — 866 copies, 53 reviews
Alex (2011) — Translator, some editions — 854 copies, 58 reviews
Vernon Subutex 1 (2015) — Translator, some editions — 584 copies, 19 reviews
The Siege (2010) — Translator, some editions — 567 copies, 26 reviews
Irene (2006) — Translator, some editions — 537 copies, 23 reviews
Blood Wedding (2009) — Translator, some editions — 441 copies, 40 reviews
What the Day Owes the Night (2008) — Translator, some editions — 375 copies, 20 reviews
Camille (2015) — Translator, some editions — 327 copies, 17 reviews
The Impostor (2014) — Translator, some editions — 304 copies, 14 reviews
Soft in the Head (2008) — Translator, some editions — 296 copies, 19 reviews
Three Days and a Life (2016) — Translator, some editions — 267 copies, 11 reviews
The German Mujahid (2008) — Translator, some editions — 260 copies, 20 reviews
The Art of Losing: A Novel (2017) — Translator, some editions — 251 copies, 14 reviews
The Disoriented (2012) — Translator, some editions — 234 copies, 13 reviews
In the Absence of Men (2001) — Translator, some editions — 224 copies, 5 reviews
Kamchatka (2003) — Translator, some editions — 195 copies, 11 reviews
Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote (1998) — Translator, some editions — 193 copies, 7 reviews
Tank Girl: The Odyssey (1995) — Editor, some editions — 157 copies, 1 review
The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers' Guild (2020) — Translator, some editions — 154 copies, 5 reviews
Animalia (2016) — Translator, some editions — 112 copies, 2 reviews
Standing Heavy (2014) — Translator, some editions — 89 copies, 5 reviews
Village of the lost girls (2015) — Translator, some editions — 86 copies, 4 reviews
The Untameable (2016) — Translator, some editions — 84 copies, 7 reviews
The Ghetto Within (2019) — Translator, some editions — 83 copies, 5 reviews
Get Well Soon (2012) — Translator, some editions — 61 copies, 6 reviews
His Brother (2001) — Translator, some editions — 59 copies
The Fallen (2018) — Translator, some editions — 37 copies, 1 review
What Goes Unsaid: A Memoir of Fathers Who Never Were (2019) — Translator, some editions — 31 copies, 12 reviews
Somewhere in a Desert (1996) — Translator, some editions — 19 copies
La viajera del viento (2014) — Translator, some editions — 12 copies, 1 review


Common Knowledge

County Sligo, Ireland
Places of residence
Strandhill, Ireland (birth)
Dublin, Ireland
Paris, France
London, England, UK
comics editor
Pierre Lemaitre (translator)
Irish Translators' and Interpreters' Association
David Miller
Short biography
Frank Wynne is a journalist and literary translator.  He was awarded the 2002 IMPAC Prize for his translation of Michel Houellebecq's The Elementary Particles, and the 2005 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for his translation of Frédéric Beigbeder's Windows on the World.   He has also translated the work of Pierre Mérot, Philippe Besson, and Ahmadou Kourouma.  He has written for the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Irish Times, Melody Maker and Time Out.  Born in Ireland, he is currently based in London.  [from I Was Vermeer (2006)]



Utterly fascinating biography of Han Van Meegeren.
harishwriter | 7 other reviews | Oct 12, 2023 |
I never thought I would come to learn that artistic forgery can involve respect towards the original artist. The title of the book is a mere gimmick -- the core of the book is concerned with the art and beauty that engulfed forger Han Van Meegeren's life as an admirer of Vermeer. Anyone can paint a painting, but the real challenge rests in completely imitating the style of another artist, and Van Meegeren was most certainly a man capable of doing so. Pushing aside the ethics of forgery, this book invites the reader to open their eyes to the amount of talent that is required in producing masterpieces, forgery or not. While I found numerous occasions of editorial oversight, I still devoured this book. It does not demand great knowledge of Western art history (Google is your friend!), and presents the most dazzling biography I've encountered in a while, delicately tracing the life of whom I daringly see as a true artist.… (more)
biblio-empire | 7 other reviews | May 24, 2016 |
This is the fascinating story of Han van Meegeren, a 20th century art forger.
He was born in 1889 in the Netherlands to a middle class family.His father refused to support his art studies and insisted that he study Architecture. Along the way he marries, has two children, lives a life of debauchery and poverty, divorces his wife and woos and marries Joanna Oolerman, the wife of a prominent art critic.
Van Meegeren painted in the style of the Dutch masters which was considered passé compared to emerging styles such Impressionism and cubism. Unable to prosper, he decided to launch a career as a forger. His chosen artist was Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) who seemingly had painted only 30 or more canvasses. He realized there was a gap between young Vermeer and old Vermeer paintings and painted a masterpiece called The Supper at Emmaus which would bridge both time periods. His methodical approach included purchasing a 300 year old canvas, mixing pigments that imitated Vermeer's, perfecting the craquelature with a combination of formaldehyde and heat, and adding Vermeer's signature. He presented himself as an art agent for a wealthy family down on their luck and through an intermediary sold the Vermeer to the Boijman's museum in Rotterdam. He was so successful in duping prominent critics and art historians that he continued with several other forgeries and amassed a fortune.
In the summer of 1945 he was arrested not for his forgeries but because a painting for which he was a sales agent wound up in the collection of Field Marshall Goring. He was charged with collaborating with the Nazis. At the ensuing trial he pleaded guilty to the charges of forgery instead of aiding and abetting the enemy.
Great story
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MaggieFlo | 7 other reviews | May 23, 2016 |
Antes de contar a história de van Mergeerer, Wynne enumera os estereótipos sobre falsário. Contraditoriamente, ele cai nesses estereótipos logo em seguida.
JuliaBoechat | 7 other reviews | Mar 30, 2013 |

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