Nicole Krauss

  • Ils vivent en Suisse, au Japon, à New York, Los Angeles ou Tel-Aviv. Ce sont des hommes et des femmes de tous âges qu'a priori rien ne rapproche. Et pourtant... Saisis à un moment décisif de leur parcours, les personnages d'Être un homme sont poussés à questionner le sens profond de leur existence. Pour certains, il s'agit de leur judéité. Pour d'autres, des liens familiaux, amoureux ou amicaux qui les unissent. Une aura de mystère les entoure, comme si une présence invisible les accompagnait. Dans ce recueil de nouvelles conçu avec l'ampleur d'un roman, Nicole Krauss fait mouche par la justesse et la poésie de son écriture. Elle tient une place à part dans le paysage littéraire américain et le prouve une fois de plus. Magistralement.

  • Forêt obscure

    Nicole Krauss

    Au Hilton de Tel-Aviv, Nicole, romancière renommée, est d'humeur morose : tout ce qui avait constitué jusqu'à présent ses certitudes lui paraît s'effriter. Non loin de là, Jules Epstein, riche new-yorkais, espère reprendre goût à la vie sur la terre de ses ancêtres. Tous deux ne connaissent pas, ne se croiseront sans doute jamais mais, animés par une soif de vérité, ils décident de se réinventer.

  • L'histoire de l'amour

    Nicole Krauss

    A new york, la jeune alma ne sait comment surmonter la mort de son père.
    Elle croit trouver la solution dans un livre que sa mère traduit de l'espagnol, et dont l'héroïne porte le même prénom qu'elle. non loin de là, un très vieil homme se remet à écrire, ressuscitant la pologne de sa jeunesse, son amour perdu, le fils qui a grandi sans lui. et au chili, bien des années plus tôt, un exilé compose un roman. trois solitaires qu'unit pourtant, à leur insu, le plus intime des liens : un livre unique, l'histoire de l'amour, dont ils vont devoir, chacun à sa manière, écrire la fin.
    Cet admirable roman, hanté par la shoah, offre une méditation déchirante sur la mémoire et le deuil. mais c'est avant tout un hymne à la vie, écrit dans une langue chatoyante et allègre, l'affirmation d'un amour plus fort que la perte, et une célébration, dans la lignée de borges, des pouvoirs magiques de la littérature. il impose d'emblée nicole krauss comme une romancière de tout premier plan. prix du meilleur livre étranger 2006

  • La grande maison

    Nicole Krauss

    Un poète, Daniel Varsky, confie à Nadia un bureau très particulier : ce meuble imposant, qui aurait appartenu à Federico Garcia Lorca, semble posséder une âme et lie quatre destins qui semblent d'abord séparés. À Londres, Arthur Bender découvre que sa femme lui a caché toute une partie de sa vie. À Oxford, Isabelle, une Américaine venue étudier en Angleterre, tombe amoureuse du fils d'un étrange antiquaire qui oeuvre pour la restitution des biens juifs confisqués par les nazis. À Jérusalem, un père adresse une lettre à son fils, Dov, avec qui il n'a jamais su être proche. Quatre histoires qui gravitent mystérieusement autour de ce bureau très particulier.

  • Anglais Forest dark

    Nicole Krauss

    CHOSEN AS BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE OBSERVER , NEW YORKER , NEW YORK TIMES BOOKS REVIEW , TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT AND THE TIMES 'Lucid and exhilarating . A great gift' New York Review of Books 'Tantalizes and compels ... A welcome reminder of how a novel can be defiantly and brilliantly novel' Douglas Kennedy, New Statesman Jules Epstein has vanished: first slowly, then all at once. He begins divesting himself of all of his worldly possessions. Now he's fallen off the face of the earth, and all the search parties can find is his empty monogrammed briefcase, abandoned in the Judean foothills.

    /> In her room at the Tel Aviv Hilton, an American novelist has also left home to undergo a transformation. But when a stranger recruits her for a project involving Kafka, she is drawn into a mystery that will take her on a metaphysical journey and change her in ways she could never have imagined.

  • In the Polish village where he was born, Leo Gursky fell in love with a young girl called Alma and wrote a book in her honour. These days he is just about surving life in America. Meanwhile, a young girl, hoping to find a cure for her mother's loneliness, stumbles across a book that changed her mother's life and she goes in search of the author.

  • TO BE A MAN

    Nicole Krauss

  • Great House

    Nicole Krauss

    During the winter of 1972, a woman spends a single night with a young Chilean poet before he departs New York, leaving her his desk. It is the only time they ever meet. Two years later, he is arrested by Pinochet's secret police and never seen again. Across the ocean, in the leafy suburbs of London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers a lock of hair among her papers that unravels a terrible secret. In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer has spent a lifetime reassembling his father's study, plundered by the Nazis from Budapest in 1944; now only one item remains to be found.

    Connecting these lives is a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or give it away. And as the narrators of Great House make their confessions, this desk comes finally to stand for all that has been taken from them, and all that binds them to what has disappeared.

    Great House is a story haunted by questions: What do we pass on to our children and how do they absorb our dreams and losses? How do we respond to disappearance, destruction, and change?

    Nicole Krauss has written a soaring, powerful novel about memory struggling to create a meaningful permanence in the face of inevitable loss.

  • In this dazzling collection of short fiction, the National Book Award Finalist and New York Times bestselling author of The History of Love --"one of America's most important novelists and an international literary sensation" ( New York Times )--explores what it means to be in a couple, and to be a man or a woman in that perplexing relationship and beyond. In one of her strongest works of fiction yet, Nicole Krauss plunges fearlessly into the struggle to understand what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman, and the arising tensions that have existed from the very beginning of time. Set in our contemporary moment, and moving across the globe from Switzerland, Japan, and New York City to Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, and South America, the stories in To Be a Man feature male characters as fathers, lovers, friends, children, seducers, and even a lost husband who may never have been a husband at all. The way these stories mirror one other and resonate is beautiful, with a balance so finely tuned that the book almost feels like a novel. Echoes ring through stages of life: aging parents and new-born babies; young women's coming of age and the newfound, somewhat bewildering sexual power that accompanies it; generational gaps and unexpected deliveries of strange new leases on life; mystery and wonder at a life lived or a future waiting to unfold. To Be a Man illuminates with a fierce, unwavering light the forces driving human existence: sex, power, violence, passion, self-discovery, growing older. Profound, poignant, and brilliant, Krauss's stories are at once startling and deeply moving, but always revealing of all-too-human weakness and strength.

  • Leo Gursky is a man who fell in love at the age of ten and has been in love ever since. These days, he is just about surviving life in America, tapping his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbour know he's still alive, drawing attention to himself at the milk counter of Starbucks. But life wasn't always like this.

  • A luminous and unforgettable first novel by an astonishing new voice in fiction, hailed by Esquire magazine as yes'>#8220;one of Americayes'>#8217;s best young writers.yes'>#8221;Samson Greene, a young and popular professor at Columbia, is found wandering in the Nevada desert. When his wife, Anna, comes to bring him home, she finds a man who remembers nothing, not even his own name. The removal of a small brain tumor saves his life, but his memories beyond the age of twelve are permanently lost. Here is the story of a keenly intelligent, sensitive man returned to a life in which everything is strange and new. An emigrant from his own life, set free from all that once defined him, Samson Greene believes he has nothing left to lose. So, when a charismatic scientist asks him to participate in a bold experiment, he agrees. Launched into a turbulent journey that takes him to the furthest extremes of solitude and intimacy, what he gains is nothing short of the revelation of what it means to be human.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • A luminous and unforgettable first novel by an astonishing new voice in fiction, hailed by Esquire magazine as yes'>#8220;one of Americayes'>#8217;s best young writers.yes'>#8221;Samson Greene, a young and popular professor at Columbia, is found wandering in the Nevada desert. When his wife, Anna, comes to bring him home, she finds a man who remembers nothing, not even his own name. The removal of a small brain tumor saves his life, but his memories beyond the age of twelve are permanently lost. Here is the story of a keenly intelligent, sensitive man returned to a life in which everything is strange and new. An emigrant from his own life, set free from all that once defined him, Samson Greene believes he has nothing left to lose. So, when a charismatic scientist asks him to participate in a bold experiment, he agrees. Launched into a turbulent journey that takes him to the furthest extremes of solitude and intimacy, what he gains is nothing short of the revelation of what it means to be human.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • During the winter of 1972, a woman spends a single night with a young Chilean poet before he departs New York, leaving her his desk. It is the only time they ever meet. Two years later, he is arrested by Pinochet's secret police and never seen again. Across the ocean, in the leafy suburbs of London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers a lock of hair among her papers that unravels a terrible secret. In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer has spent a lifetime reassembling his father's study, plundered by the Nazis from Budapest in 1944; now only one item remains to be found.
    Connecting these lives is a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or give it away. And as the narrators of Great House make their confessions, this desk comes finally to stand for all that has been taken from them, and all that binds them to what has disappeared.
    Great House is a story haunted by questions: What do we pass on to our children and how do they absorb our dreams and losses? How do we respond to disappearance, destruction, and change?
    Nicole Krauss has written a soaring, powerful novel about memory struggling to create a meaningful permanence in the face of inevitable loss.

  • Anglais Forest Dark

    Nicole Krauss

    From the bestselling, twice Orange Prize-shortlisted, National Book Award-nominated author comes a vibrant tale of transformation: of a man in his later years and a woman novelist, each drawn to the Levant on a journey of self-discovery
    Jules Epstein has vanished from the world. He leaves no trace but a rundown flat patrolled by a solitary cockroach, and a monogrammed briefcase abandoned in the desert.
    To Epstein's mystified family, the disappearance of a man whose drive and avidity have been a force to be reckoned with for sixty-eight years marks the conclusion of a gradual fading. This transformation began in the wake of Epstein's parents' deaths, and continued with his divorce after more than thirty-five years of marriage, his retirement from a New York legal firm, and the rapid shedding of possessions he'd spent a lifetime accumulating. With the last of his wealth and a nebulous plan, he departs for the Tel Aviv Hilton.
    Meanwhile, a novelist leaves her husband and children behind in Brooklyn and checks into the same hotel, hoping that the view of the pool she used to swim in on childhood holidays will unlock her writer's block. But when a man claiming to be a retired professor of literature recruits her for a project involving Kafka, she is drawn into a mystery that will take her on a metaphysical journey and change her in ways she could never have imagined.
    Bursting with life and humour, this is a profound, mesmerising, achingly beautiful novel of metamorphosis and self-realisation - of looking beyond all that is visible towards the infinite.

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