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    François Villon

    • Arlea
    • 7 Octobre 2010

    Né en 1431 ou 1432, mort " après 1463 ", François de Montcorbier, ou des Loges, est passé à la postérité sous le nom de son supposé bienfaiteur, Guillaume de Villon. Si la vie du poète a toujours été entourée de mystère, son oeuvre, en revanche, a très vite été imprimée et diffusée : seize éditions se sont succédé de 1489 (Pierre Levet) à 1532 (Clément Marot). Aujourd'hui, la syntaxe et le vocabulaire ont tellement évolué depuis le XVe siècle que la langue de Villon est devenue difficile à comprendre pour nos contemporains. C'est donc une " traduction véritable qui est proposée dans ce livre, sous une forme " bilingue " - et bicolore : en noir et gros caractères les strophes " originales " à l'orthographe modernisée ; en bleu et petits caractères la traduction en français contemporain. Le savoir ne s'oppose pas au goût : comprendre les vers de Villon non seulement n'empêche pas de les goûter mais, au contraire, permet d'en saisir à la fois la portée, l'humour, la force et la grâce.

  • Journal de déportation ; 1948-1950

    Yannis Ritsos

    • Ypsilon
    • 18 Mars 2016

    Alors qu'il était déporté sur les îles de Limnos et Makronissos, entre 1948 et 1950, Ritsos tenait un «journal» poétique. Chaque matin, malgré les terribles conditions de détention, il se réveillait avant tout le monde pour écrire ses poèmes, sur des petits carnets ou des paquets de cigarettes.
    Le quotidien et l'amertume du détenu, dans la poésie de Ritsos, y font entendre les silences de la pierre et parler les oublis de l'histoire.
    Nous avons publié la première traduction française de ce Journal de déportation en 2009, aujourd'hui épuisé. Parmi les trois livres du célèbre poète grec, Yannis Ritsos, que nous avons publiés, celui-ci, son Journal de déportation, a été le plus apprécié et sans cesse demandé lorsqu'il est devenu introuvable. Nous avons donc décidé de proposer cette nouvelle édition, bilingue grec-français, dans un nouveau format et une nouvelle maquette, dans une traduction revue et corrigée par notre traducteur qui ne cesse de « creuser le vers » et de pousser plus loin son travail sur la poésie grecque pour faire mieux connaître son histoire et son actualité, comme le montre bien sa nouvelle postface.


    Patti Smith

    • Random house us
    • 26 Août 2020

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ONE OF NPR'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train , a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. Following a run of concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland as a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible: after all, it's the year of the monkey." For Smith--inveterately curious, always exploring--the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. Smith melds the Western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment set in. But as Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope for a better world. Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.


    Joan Didion

    • Harper collins uk
    • 7 Septembre 2006

    From one of America's iconic writers, a portrait of a marriage and a life -- in good times and bad -- that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. A stunning book of electric honesty and passion.


    Roald Dahl

    • Adult pbs
    • 27 Octobre 2011

    Offers an insightful glimpse into the early life of Roald Dahl, one of the world's favourite authors. This title lets us discover his experiences of the English public school system, the idyllic paradise of summer holidays in Norway, the pleasures (and pains) of the sweetshop, and how it is that he avoided being a Boazer.

  • « Au début des années 1990, j'étais correspondant à Londres pour le New Yorker Magazine. C'était un travail excitant et quelque peu étrange : être correspondant étranger dans mon propre pays, jeter un regard neuf sur des coutumes établies et essayer de les expliquer à un public éloigné qui partage la même langue et pourtant peu d'usages communs. Dix ans plus tard, dans le nouveau siècle et le nouveau millénaire, les choses ont changé et pourtant - c'est la Grande-Bretagne - n'ont pas beaucoup changé. Aurions-nous dû être si surpris ? Sans doute pas ; la Grande-Bretagne est un pays profondément conservateur, peu importe qui le dirige. » Julian Barnes.


    Maya Angelou

    • Virago press ltd
    • 1 Janvier 1991

    This is the first of Maya Angelou's five volumes of autobiography, in which she evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of a white skin and suffers the trauma of rape by her mother's lover.


    James Joyce

    • Harper collins
    • 2 Janvier 2012

    The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin childhood and youth, his quest of identity through art and his gradual emancipation from the claims of his family, religion and Ireland itself, is also an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce and a testament to the artist's "eternal imagination".


    Matt Haig

    • Canongate books
    • 7 Janvier 2016

    THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARD FOR NON-FICTION WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. "I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free."

  • Anglais IN PATAGONIA

    Bruce Chatwin

    • Vintage uk
    • 16 Octobre 2007

    Travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast and, in the course of his travels, describes author's encounters with the people whose stories delay him on the road. This book is a quest or a Wonder Voyage. It is about wandering and exile.

  • Anglais I AM MALALA

    Malala Yousafzai

    • Orion publishing group
    • 9 Octobre 2014

    The bestselling memoir of youngest ever NOBEL PRIZE winner, Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban.

  • Anglais Blue nights

    Joan Didion

    • Fourth estate ltd
    • 26 Avril 2012

    From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter.

  • Anglais Porcelain


    • Faber et faber
    • 5 Mai 2016

    There were many reasons Moby was never going to make it as a DJ and musician in the New York club scene of the late 1980s and early 90s. This was the New York of Palladium, of Mars, Limelight, and Twilo, an era when dance music was still a largely underground phenomenon, popular chiefly among working-class African Americans and Latinos. And then there was Moby-not just a poor, skinny white kid from deepest Connecticut, but a devout Christian, a vegan, and a teetotaler, in a scene that was known for its unchecked drug-fueled hedonism. He would learn what it was to be spat on, literally and figuratively. And to live on almost nothing. But it was perhaps the last good time for an artist to live on nothing in New York City ... And so by the end of the decade, Moby contemplated the end of things, in his career and elsewhere in his life, and he put that emotion into what he assumed would be his swan song, his good-bye to all that, the album that would be in fact the beginning of an astonishing new phase in his life, the multimillion-selling Play . Porcelain is about making it, losing it, loving it, and hating it. It's about finding your people, and your place, thinking you've lost them both, and then, finally, somehow, creating a masterpiece. As a portrait of the young artist, Porcelain is a masterpiece in its own right, fit for the short shelf of musicians' memoirs that capture not just a scene but an age and something timeless about the human condition. Push play.


    Primo Levi

    • Abacus
    • 22 Août 2001

    Two works of autobiography. "If This is a Man" tells of Levi's experiences as a victim of the Holocaust, from his arrest by the Fascists in 1943 to the liberation of Auschwitz by the Russians. "The Truce" is the story of his eight-month journey back to Italy after he was liberated.

  • Anglais The hare with amber eyes: a hidden inheritance

    Edmund de Waal

    • Vintage uk
    • 15 Février 2011

    THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE 2010 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them bigger than a matchbox: Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in his great uncle Iggie's Tokyo apartment. When he later inherited the 'netsuke', they unlocked a story far larger and more dramatic than he could ever have imagined.

    From a burgeoning empire in Odessa to fin de siecle Paris, from occupied Vienna to Tokyo, Edmund de Waal traces the netsuke's journey through generations of his remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century.

    'You have in your hands a masterpiece' Frances Wilson, Sunday Times 'The most brilliant book I've read for years... A rich tale of the pleasure and pains of what it is to be human' Bettany Hughes, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year 'A complex and beautiful book' Diana Athill


    Nelson Mandela

    • Abacus
    • 23 Novembre 1995

    The memoirs of the moral and political leader, Nelson Mandela, recreating the drama of the experiences that helped shape his destiny. It is a story of hardship, resilience and ultimate triumph.

  • La vie picaresque d'Eliya Karmona

    Eliya Karmona

    • Lior
    • 3 Juin 2016

    Un grand bonheur attend les lecteurs de ce livre : la découverte d'un monde à jamais disparu à travers l'un des chefs-d'oeuvre de la littérature judéo-espagnole.
    Eliya Karmona est né à Istanbul le 21 octobre 1869 dans l'une des familles juives les plus influentes de la ville. Son grand-oncle, Tchelebi Behor Karmona (1773-1826) fut le fermier-général de l'Empire ottoman. Son père ayant essuyé un revers de fortune, Eliya Karmona dut cependant très tôt gagner sa vie. S'il en avait été autrement nous n'aurions sans doute pas pu découvrir à ses côtés un extraordinaire tableau de l'Empire ottoman à son couchant.
    Armé de son nom pour seul capital, Eliya Karmona est poussé par une formidable énergie qui le conduit à exercer trente-six métiers, solliciter les célébrités de son temps, effectuer de constants voyages d'une ville à l'autre. L'argent lui glisse entre les doigts dès qu'il apparaît. Chaque échec, chaque rebuffade qu'il reçoit est une initiation et l'occasion d'un nouveau départ. Personnage burlesque, Eliya Karmona apparaît tour à tour ballotté, impuissant, victime des hommes et des femmes - une mère omnisciente, une maîtresse conquérante, une épouse superstitieuse - mais aussi résistant, intrépide, entreprenant. Après moult aventures, il parviendra à son but suprême : fonder un journal satirique en judéo-espagnol. Ce sera El Djugueton (1908-1931).
    Le grand talent d'Eliya Karmona est d'avoir su se mettre en scène dans la veine des meilleurs auteurs picaresques espagnols et d'avoir su faire rire et réfléchir ses lecteurs envers et contre lui. Nul doute que ce Karmona saute-ruisseau et sans le sou restera le plus illustre rejeton de cette noble famille séfarade.

  • Anglais WILD - FILM TIE IN

    Cheryl Strayed

    • Atlantic books
    • 4 Décembre 2014

    Antonia Fraser

    • Phoenix
    • 30 Mai 2002

    This title presents a new life of this legendary French queen by historian Antonia Fraser.

  • Anglais Winter journal

    Paul Auster

    • Faber et faber
    • 18 Avril 2013

    ' You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else. ' In Winter Journal , Paul Auster moves through the events of his life in a series of memories grasped from the point of view of his life now: playing baseball as a teenager; participating in the anti-Vietnam demonstrations at Columbia University; seeking out prostitutes in Paris, almost killing his second wife and child in a car accident; falling in and out of live with his first wife; the 'scalding, epiphanic moment of clarity' in 1978 that set him on a new course as a writer. Winter Journal is a poignant memoir of ageing and memory, written with all the characteristic subtlety, imagination and insight that readers of Paul Auster have come to cherish. 'An examination of the emotions of a man growing old . . . this book has much to recommend it, and Auster is unsparingly honest about himself.' Financial Times

  • Anglais The corfu trilogy

    Gérald Durrell

    • Adult pbs
    • 3 Août 2006

    Contains three books - "My Family and Other Animals", "Birds, Beasts and Relatives" and "The Garden of the Gods". Offering portraits of the author's family and their many unusual hangers-on, this work also captures the beginnings of his lifelong love of animals.

  • For readers of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham - the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO''s ''Girls'' - as one of the brightest and most original writers working today. ''If I could take what I''ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile. I''m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.''


    Stephen William Hawking

    • Doubleday bantam trade hb uk
    • 9 Octobre 2014

    Stephen Hawking has dazzled readers worldwide with a string of bestsellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inwards for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.

    My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking's improbable journey, from his post-war London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Lavishly illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this concise, witty and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him 'Einstein'; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of academia.

    Writing with characteristic humility and humour, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of motor neurone disease aged twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onwards through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece A Brief History of Time - one of the iconic books of the twentieth century.

    Clear-eyed, intimate and wise, My Brief History opens a window for the rest of us into Hawking's personal cosmos.