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Mark Kurlansky (born 7 December 1948 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a highly-acclaimed American journalist and writer of general interest non-fiction. He is especially known for titles on eclectic topics, such as cod or salt.

Kurlansky attended Butler University, where he harbored an early interest in theatre and earned a BA in 1970. However, his interest faded and he began to work as a journalist in the 1970s. During the 70’s he worked as a correspondent in Western Europe for the Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and eventually the Paris-based International Herald Tribune. He moved to Mexico in 1982 where he continued to do journalism. He wrote his first book, A Continent of Islands, in 1992 and went on to write several books throughout the 1990s. His 1997 book Cod was an international bestseller and was translated into more than 15 languages. His work and contribution to Basque identity and culture is recognised in the Basque hall of fame.

Kurlansky as a teenager called Emile Zola his "hero", and in 2009 Kurlansky translated one of Zola's novels The Belly of Paris whose theme is the food markets of Paris.[1]

Bibliography

  • A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny (1992), ISBN 0-201-52396-5
  • A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry (1995), ISBN 0-201-60898-7
  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (1997), ISBN 0-8027-1326-2
  • The Basque History of the World (1999), ISBN 0-8027-1349-1
  • The White Man in the Tree, and Other Stories (2000), ISBN 0-671-03605-X
  • The Cod's Tale (2001), ISBN 0-399-23476-4
  • Salt: A World History (2002), ISBN 0-8027-1373-4
  • Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing From Around the World and Throughout History (editor, 2002), ISBN 0-345-45710-2
  • 1968: The Year that Rocked the World (2004), ISBN 0-345-45581-9
  • Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue: A Novel of Pastry, Guilt, and Music (2005), ISBN 0-345-44818-9
  • The Girl Who Swam to Euskadi (2005), ISBN 1-877802-54-9
  • The Story of Salt (2006), ISBN 0-399-23998-7
  • The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell (2006), ISBN 0-345-47638-7
  • Nonviolence: Twenty-five Lessons From the History of a Dangerous Idea (2006), ISBN 0-679-64335-4
  • The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America's Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town (2008), ISBN 0-345-48727-3
  • The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola, Mark Kurlansky as translator. The Modern Library, 2009. ISBN 978-0812974225
  • The Food of a Younger Land (2009), ISBN 1594488657

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Mark Kurlansky (born 1948-12-07 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a highly-acclaimed American journalist and writer of general interest non-fiction. He is especially known for titles on eclectic topics, such as cod or salt.

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  • In spite of muzzling the press, imprisoning thousands, and engaging in torture, kidnapping and murder, the Socialist government was still vulnerable to the accusation of being "soft on Basques."
    • The Basque History of the World (1999)
  • Without the music to shout over, few people bothered saying anything." (Remarking on a power cut while in a bar in the Dominican Republic)
    • A Continent of Islands" (1992)

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