Gilbert Adair.

Gilbert Adair
(29 December 1944 – 8 December 2011) was a Scottish novelist, poet, film critic and journalist.He was critically most famous for the "fiendish" translation of Georges Perec's postmodern novel A Void, in which the letter e is not used, but was more widely known for the films adapted from his novels, including Love and Death on Long Island (1997) and The Dreamers (2003)



  • Alice through the Needle's Eye (1984)
  • Peter Pan and the Only Children (1987)
  • The Holy Innocents (1988) – winner of the Author's Club First Novel Award
  • Love and Death on Long Island (1990)
  • The Death of the Author (1992) – a black satire of contemporary theoretical cultishness and a metaphysical murder mystery
  • The Key of the Tower (1997)
  • A Closed Book (1999) – a literary thriller about a prize-winning novelist left blind after a serious car accident.
  • The Dreamers (2003) – a tale of sexual obsession set against the backdrop of the Paris street riots of 1968
  • Buenas Noches, Buenos Aires (2003) – the story of Gideon, a young Englishman in 1980s Paris, on the verge of sexual discovery
  • The Act of Roger Murgatroyd (2006) – a murder mystery set in the 1930s on Dartmoor, first in the Evadne Mount trilogy
  • A Mysterious Affair of Style (2007) – second in the Evadne Mount trilogy
  • And Then There Was No One (2009) – third in the Evadne Mount trilogy


  • A Night at the Pictures (with Nick Roddick) (1985)
  • Myths & Memories (1986)
  • Hollywood's Vietnam (1981)
  • The Postmodernist Always Rings Twice (1992)
  • Wonder Tales: Six French Stories of Enchantment (editor with Marina Warner) (1995)
  • Flickers: An Illustrated Celebration of 100 Years of Cinema (1995)
  • Surfing the Zeitgeist (1997)
  • Movies (editor) (1999)
  • The Real Tadzio (2001) – a biography of the boy (Baron Władysław Moes) who inspired Thomas Mann's Death in Venice.


  • Letters by François Truffaut (1990) (also editor)
  • A Void by Georges Perec (1994) — winner of the Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize
  • Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau (2000) (introduction)


Creators Authors Lewis Carroll - Anna Matlack Richards - Saki - Gilbert Adair - Frank Beddor
Illustrators John Tenniel - Arthur Rackham - Blanche McManus - Peter Newell - Fanny Cory - Bessie Pease Gutmann - Charles Robinson - Harry Rountree - Harry Furniss - Mabel Lucie Attwell - Milo Winter - Oliver Herford - Uriel Birnbaum - Jessie Willcox Smith - Charles Folkard - Mervyn Peake - Alex Blum - Leonard Weisgard - Walt Disney - Marjorie Torrey - Tove Jansson - Ralph Steadman - Frank Bolle - Charles Blackman - Barry Moser - Michael Hague - Anthony Browne - Willy Pogany - Marie Laurencin - Salvador Dalí - Brothers Hildebrandt - Gavin O'Keefe - Tony Ross - Helen Oxenbury - Lisbeth Zwerger - Oleg Lipchenko - Franciszka Themerson

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