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La trilogie marseillaise (Tome 2) - Chourmo (Folio policier) (French Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Jean-Claude Izzo
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Fabio Montale, acculé à la démission parce qu'il s'occupait trop bien de sa mission dans les quartiers nord, reprend du service pour se lancer à la recherche de deux adolescents disparus la veille de la rentrée des classes. Trop sensible, trop lucide, il est confronté à la montée des "agitateurs de crécelles sécuritaires", du chômage, de la drogue et des intégrismes de tous ordres.
"Chourmo", c'est l'esprit de la chiourme, des anciens galériens. Par extension, c'est un état d'esprit qui pousse à aller vers les autres, esprits dont Fabio Montale se fait le juste représentant. À Marseille, les galères - entre le F.N., les extrémistes islamistes et la Mafia - on a l'air de bien connaître.
Chourmo, deuxième volet de la trilogie marseillaise de Jean-Claude Izzo, est dédié "à la mémoire d'Ibrahim Ali, abattu le 24 février 1995 dans les quartiers nord de Marseille, par des colleurs d'affiches du Front national".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 452 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 2070417190
  • Publisher: Editions Gallimard (21 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: French
  • ASIN: B00DKUGU8S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars "We pulled for you when the wind was against us 11 Jan 2011
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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and the sails were low. Will you never let us go?" Rudyard Kipling, "Song of the Galley-Slaves"

The title of Jean-Claude Izzo's "Chourmo" is taken from an old Provencal word describing the rowers in Roman galleys. Izzo writes that "In Marseilles, you weren't just from one neighborhood, one project. You were chourmo. In the same galley, rowing! Trying to get out. Together." But the melancholy subtext here is that either by design or fortune (good or bad) all the rowing in the world never gets the characters that inhabit Izzo's world very far from Marseilles. This is not really surprising when you consider that Marseilles never really let Jean-Claude Izzo get away. Izzo was bon in Marseilles in 1945. He died, at age 54, in Marseilles. Chourmo is Volume II in what is known as Izzo's Marseilles Trilogy. Total Chaos (Marseilles Trilogy) is Volume I; Solea (Marseilles Trilogy) is Volume III.

"Chourmo" reintroduces us to Fabio Montale, Montale, now retired from the force, is content to listen to his music and work on his cottage overlooking the bay he swam in as a child. But his cousin Gelou, asks him to find her son who snuck out of the house one night to see a girl and who has not returned. Montale next sees an old friend gunned down in a low-income housing project. The rest of the story is devoted to resolving how these two seemingly parallel story lines play out. Along the way we are exposed to the many social forces that shape the nature of crime and punishment in Marseilles. Izzo, looking through the eyes of Montale, takes us into a world of corrupt police and politicians, organized crime, and an immigrant population struggling for acceptance in a world in which they are less than welcome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and melancholic crime story. 12 Sep 2003
By Jan-Thorsten Reszat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read Chourmo in the german edition on a friend's recommendation and I swallowed it within 48 hrs. It's a witty, fast-paced and quite grim detective story - but first of all it's a love declaration to one of the most thrilling cities in Europe: Marseille.
The story centers on ex-cop Fabio Montale, who's spent most of his service in the suburbs of Marseille, the dangerous boiling pots of the poorest of poors and unliked immigrants from Africa and other former french colonies. He's seen it all - organized crime, racial discrimination, the rise of racist organisation 'Front National' and most of all death and loss. And many of the dead have been friends of Fabio Montale. Yet he can't let loose from this city of poison and charmes and when his beloved cousin Gelou asks him to investigate the disappearance of her son, he doesnt hesitate - simply because he's still too much of a detective at heart.
In the course of events, Montale gets mired in between the activities of religious fanatics, ambitious and corrupt police officers and dangerous mafia thugs as he stumbles rather coincidentally over several strings of crime that only get linked together due to his own interference. But Izzo doesnt disappoint his readers at this point, cuz he manages to fit all loose ends nicely together.
But overshadowing all these plots are the spirit of southern France (for example you can almost grasp the taste of french wines and food - hmmm...yummy) and the omnipresent fascination of Marseille: A city where "the exciled of the world are meeting" and in which the only achievement that counts is to survive. And that's the final resume also for Fabio Montale as he is just glad to survive all this mess along with a few friends who were simply luckier than many other peoples encountered...
Two thumbs up for Jean-Claude Izzo, who himself died way too early, for this melancholic and exciting novel.
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