Partout, on célèbre la fameuse "douceur de vivre" à la française. Et pourtant, jamais les Français n'ont été aussi inquiets pour leur avenir ! Aurions-nous perdu la recette de ce bonheur que le monde entier nous envie ? Serions-nous devenus le "pays où la vie est plus dure" ? La faute à la mondialisation, d'après certains, la faute à la crise, selon d'autres... Et si le problème venait, en fait, de la France elle-même ? Cette France qui met la mondialisation en œuvre avec le zèle brutal des bons élèves, cette France, aussi, qui promet l'égalité mais alisse des pans entiers de la société en marge du grand banquet économique ? Nous avons épousé la mondialisation pour le pire, mais pas pour le meilleur... Obsession de la réduction des coûts dans l'entreprise, rigidités de l'Etat, discriminations cachées, peur chronique du changement, fiscalité injuste, impunité des élites : tous nos maux bien français sont ici décortiqués. Comment bousculer enfin l'immobilisme français ? Une question à laquelle Philippe Manière répond sans tabou ni complaisance, capable de "rêver juste" là où beaucoup ont renoncé.

Author ,
Isbn 2246798868
Genre Social Science
Year 2012-02-29
Pages 304
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« Quel bonheur d’être au monde ! Et que tout nous soit donné ! C’est une grande grâce, Monsieur, que d’aimer la vie dans chacune de ses heures, dans chacun de ses visages, dans chacune de ses tâches. Une grâce qui est plus heureuse que le bonheur puisqu’elle se fait bonheur dans le malheur même. » C’est ainsi que l’historien de la littérature Thierry Maulnier accueillait Jean d’Ormesson sous la Coupole, en juin 1974. Celui dont chaque publication a toujours trôné en tête des meilleures ventes, l’amant éternel de Venise, a mené en réalité une vie mouvementée, fascinante à découvrir. Une existence qui incarne d’une certaine façon, le meilleur de l’esprit français. En plus d’une conversation pétillante et subtile, Jean d’Ormesson a toujours su avoir l’élégance d’être léger, feignant de parler de lui à longueur de romans ou d’essais pour mieux cacher ses fêlures et ses déchirures intimes. Voici, sous la plume alerte d’Arnaud Ramsay, la biographie de Jean, Bruno, Wladimir, François-de-Paule Le Fèvre d’Ormesson, celui qu’on a pu qualifier d’aristocrate le plus populaire du pays.

Author Arnaud Ramsay
Isbn 2810004250
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2009-12-09
Pages 336
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This collection of conference papers focuses on Marguerite Duras's place within the major literary, political and cultural events that helped define the 20th century. It covers the broad areas of Duras's public persona and paraliterary writings, her engagement with the image and with theatre, the implications of her politico-cultural trajectory, and her representations of the body, sexuality and transgression.

Author Société Marguerite Duras. International Conference,Société Marguerite Duras
Isbn 9789042013322
Genre History
Year 2001
Pages 311
Language English
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Heureux les grands cocus, votre gloire est éternelle...« Apprenez qu'à Paris ce n'est pas comme à Rome,Le cocu qui s'afflige y passe pour un sotEt le cocu qui rit pour un fort honnête homme... »La FontaineIl est autant de sortes de cocus que de porteurs de cornes. On pense tout de suite au personnage de comédie, ridicule ou pathétique, mais de glorieuse figures de la grande Histoire ont aussi appartenu à cette célèbre confrérie. Héros, puissants, princes, rois, empereurs, présidents... Loin d'être tous pauvres et benêts, certains d'entre eux trônent au Panthéon. Molière, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Napoléon, Henri IV le vert galant lui-même illustrent le clan des cornards. Qui donc a osé leur planter au front les cornes de l'opprobre ? Des femmes libres et audacieuses qui depuis la nuit des temps font cocus tous ces hommes orgueilleux qui pensent les mater.Au temps de la femme soumise, elles sont enjôleuses, intrigantes, amoureuses, audacieuses ou même nymphomanes. Finalement, c'est à ces grandes séductrices, à ces héroïnes passionnées que Pierre Lunel s'est attaché à rendre ici un hommage complice...Pierre Lunel, agrégé de droit romain, est l'auteur de nombreux ouvrages. Il écrit des essais polémiques, des hagiographies de gens d'Église L'Abbé Pierre, l'insurgé de Dieu (Stock, 1989), Soeur Emmanuelle, secrets de vie (Anne Carrère, 2000) , des ouvrages historiques. En 2009, il publie Les Amoursd'Hollywood et, deux ans plus tard, Kennedy, secrets de femmes aux éditions du Rocher. Il est également l'auteur des textes de l'ouvrage du père Pedro, Akamasoa, rêves d'enfants (Le Rocher, 2014).

Author Pierre Lunel
Isbn 2268081915
Genre History
Year 2015-05-29
Pages 328
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« J’aime ces instants, rares, où leurs masques se fêlent. Ai-je bien vu ? Ai-je bien entendu ce que je viens d’entendre ? Cela suppose un partage. Une mise en danger, d’un côté comme de l’autre. Je fais ce métier pour ça. Pour être‎ le témoin, voire la complice, d’un jaillissement de vérité. »A. C.

Author Anna Cabana
Isbn 2246851599
Genre Social Science
Year 2016-04-06
Pages 216
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" Je ne me suis jamais imposé de livrer à ces carnets autre chose que des humeurs, et rien ne paraîtra plus capricieux que ce qu'ils contiennent. Sans autres explications, certains grands événements y ont été passés sous silence et certains êtres, parmi les plus proches, en sont absents. J'avais, pour m'exprimer de manière systématique, mes éditoriaux, mes livres, mes conférences. Cela ne m'a pas empêché de consigner des réflexions ou des descriptions qui auraient pu, (ont pu...), aussi bien, me servir pour un essai ou un récit. En dépit de l'utilisation qu'il m'est arrivé d'en faire plus tard, j'ai cru devoir et pouvoir les maintenir dans ce volume... Mais ces carnets se veulent surtout des contrepoints, des pensées en coulisses souvent suscités par le sentiment d'en avoir trop dit ailleurs, ou pas assez. Ce qui m'a conduit parfois à des indiscrétions, des confidences - des aveux. J'ai ainsi, sans le vouloir vraiment, réservé à ces pages des embarras et des remords, tel un peintre qui, au lieu d'inscrire ses repentirs sur un tableau, les réunirait à part dans un album spécial... " Fondateur en 1964, du Nouvel Observateur, Jean Daniel en est toujours l'éditorialiste. Ecrivain, il a publié une douzaine de récits, d'essais, de nouvelles, dont, aux Editions Grasset, le Refuge et la source (1977), l'Ere des ruptures (1979), les Religions d'un Président (1988), la Blessure (1992) et l'Ami anglais (1994).

Author Jean Daniel
Isbn 2246535190
Genre Literary Collections
Year 2014-04-01
Pages 768
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Is one ever truly ready to face death? Can one, without faith, view death as a beginning rather than an end? François Mitterrand is the man "dying without God," and he offers these pages as his final, unforgettable testament.

Author Franz-Olivier Giesbert
Isbn 1628720476
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 1998-01-05
Pages 999
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Heureuse, fiancée à un noble autrichien, enceinte de huit mois, et tout juste assassinée. Quand Noémie Kimdall, la meilleure flic de France, découvre le corps dans le milieu interlope du bois de Vincennes, elle croit à un crime crapuleux. La réalité est bien pire. ~~~Extrait~~~ Le cri du bébé résonna un instant dans le silence. Autour de la scène de crime, les chiens s'étaient tus. Noémie Kimdall observa les alentours. Les arbres du bois de Vincennes offraient une ombre chiche. La matinée s'annonçait torride. Kimdall était sortie de la Puntilla, sa voiture allemande avec climatisation, vitres teintées, sans airbag passager il y a tout juste un quart d'heure. Elle transpirait déjà des aisselles. Pourtant aucune activité particulière de sa part : regarder un médecin accoucher un cadavre, ça ne devrait pas faire suer.Kimdall se tourna vers le boss. De larges gouttes perlaient sur le front dégarni de Dessantos. Plus loin cette pimbêche de Lizzie Bearn. La blonde était fraîche comme une grenouille devant un moucheron. Son visage était aussi placide et béat que celui du batracien. Elle était penchée sur le corps sans vie de la femme qui venait de mettre bas. Ex-mortem, s'il vous plaît! ~~~~

Author Nathan Pym
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Genre Fiction
Year 2019-06-14
Pages 150
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How could General Electric—perhaps America’s most iconic corporation—suffer such a swift and sudden fall from grace? This is the definitive history of General Electric’s epic decline, as told by the two Wall Street Journal reporters who covered its fall. Since its founding in 1892, GE has been more than just a corporation. For generations, it was job security, a solidly safe investment, and an elite business education for top managers. GE electrified America, powering everything from lightbulbs to turbines, and became fully integrated into the American societal mindset as few companies ever had. And after two decades of leadership under legendary CEO Jack Welch, GE entered the twenty-first century as America’s most valuable corporation. Yet, fewer than two decades later, the GE of old was gone. ​Lights Out examines how Welch’s handpicked successor, Jeff Immelt, tried to fix flaws in Welch’s profit machine, while stumbling headlong into mistakes of his own. In the end, GE’s traditional win-at-all-costs driven culture seemed to lose its direction, which ultimately caused the company’s decline on both a personal and organizational scale. Lights Out details how one of America’s all-time great companies has been reduced to a cautionary tale for our times.

Author Thomas Gryta,Ted Mann
Isbn 0358243572
Genre Business & Economics
Year 2020-07-21
Pages 384
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Jean Daniel est le directeur-fondateur du Nouvel Observateur. Il est l'auteur de très nombreux ouvrages personnels que Grasset a publiés depuis une vingtaine d'années et qui sont, aujourd'hui, rassemblés en un seul volume. Le Livre: Ce volume rassemble l'ensemble des textes autobiographiques de Jean Daniel. Et, puisque l'oeuvre de cet auteur est principalement une autobiographie mêlant engagement publics et états d'âme intimes, il s'agira, de fait, de la plupart de ses ouvrages. Cinq titres composent donc ce volume. -1-Le refuge et la source, publié en 1977. Ce livre, très sensible, évoque sur un mode « camusien » l'enfance de Jean Daniel en Algérie. C'est un texte splendide, dominé par la figure de son père, et qui s'inscrit dans la grande tradition des ouvrages d'éducation sentimentale et affective. -2- Le temps qui reste, publié en 1971. Ce livre de mémoires raconte, entre autres choses, l'aventure de la création du Nouvel Observateur. Il avait connu un énorme succès et imposé Jean Daniel au tout premier rang des mémorialistes de l'époque. -3- La Blessure, publié en 1992 . Ce livre tourne principalement autour de l'épisode dit « de Bizerte » où Jean Daniel avait reçu une rafale de mitraillette (tirée par des soldats français). Cloué sur son lit d'hôpital, il assista aux négociations Mendès-Bourguiba sur la future indépendance de la Tunisie. Dans l'oeuvre de Jean Daniel, c'est un peu l'équivalent de son Adieu aux armes. -4- Avec le temps et Soleil d'hiver, ces deux livres publiés en 1998 et en 2000 rassemblent des « carnets » de l'auteur. C'est une sorte de journal politique, culturel, idéologique et intime. On y croise tout ce que ce demi siècle a compté d'acteurs majeurs, de grands témoins, d'intellectuels éminents.

Author Jean Daniel
Isbn 2246598095
Genre Fiction
Year 2002-05-23
Pages 1700
Language English
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One of the most important books to come out of Quebec, Thirty Acres traces the course of one man’s life as he enters into the age-old rhythms of the land and of the seasons. At the same time, it is a novel on a grand social scale, spanning and documenting the tumultuous half-century in which a new, industrial urban society crowded out Quebec’s traditional rural one. Winner of the Governor General’s Award and numerous other national and international literary prizes, Thirty Acres is a universal story of birth and death, renewal and reversal, ascent and decline, and a masterpiece of irony and realism.

Author Ringuet
Isbn 1551993791
Genre Fiction
Year 2010-04-30
Pages 336
Language English
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Newly updated, the definitive biography of the forty-seventh Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, which examines the fascinating life of a man who has shaped Washington politics for more than four decades, including his years in the Obama White House. Raised in the working-class towns of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware, and with lackluster grades in school and no particular goals, Joe Biden shocked the nation in 1972 when he became one of the youngest elected senators in U.S. history. Over the course of four decades, he carved a legacy for himself as one of the most respected legislators in the country, and was a close friend and partner to President Barack Obama, who valued his vice president’s vast experience in domestic and foreign affairs. Yet Biden's political success has been matched by personal tragedy and countless challenges. Within two months of being elected in 1972, Biden lost his wife, Neilia, and his young daughter in a tragic accident—a loss that brought him to the nadir of despair and shook his resolve to stay in politics. He suffered two brain aneurysms and career-threatening gaffes and miscues. In 2015, he lost his eldest son, Beau, to brain cancer. Now, Biden is back in the spotlight as the frontrunner in a crowded Democratic field challenging Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Based on exhaustive research by one of Washington's most prolific journalists, including numerous exclusive interviews with Biden's confidants and family members, as well as President Obama and the former vice president himself, Joe Biden goes beyond conventional biography to track the forces that have shaped a man who, with his plainspoken style and inspiring life story, has resonated with millions of Americans and whose work has shaped modern American life.

Author Jules Witcover
Isbn 0062014331
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2010-10-05
Pages 544
Language English
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Bourdieu and Literature is a wide-ranging, rigorous and accessible introduction to the relationship between Pierre Bourdieu's work and literary studies. It provides a comprehensive overview and critical assessment of his contributions to literary theory and his thinking about authors and literary works. One of the foremost French intellectuals of the post-war era, Bourdieu has become a standard point of reference in the fields of anthropology, linguistics, art history, cultural studies, politics, and sociology, but his longstanding interest in literature has often been overlooked. This study explores the impact of literature on Bourdieu's intellectual itinerary, and how his literary understanding intersected with his sociological theory and thinking about cultural policy. This is the first full-length study of Bourdieu's work on literature in English, and it provides an invaluable resource for students and scholars of literary studies, cultural theory and sociology.

Author John R. W. Speller
Isbn 1906924422
Genre Social Science
Year 2011
Pages 203
Language English
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Selected as the 2010 CBC Canada Reads Winner! Awards for the French-language edition: Prix des libraires 2006 Prix littéraire des collégiens 2006 Prix Anne-Hébert 2006 (Best first book) Prix Printemps des Lecteurs–Lavinal Intricately plotted and shimmering with originality, Nikolski charts the curious and unexpected courses of personal migration, and shows how they just might eventually lead us to home. In the spring of 1989, three young people, born thousands of miles apart, each cut themselves adrift from their birthplaces and set out to discover what — or who — might anchor them in their lives. They each leave almost everything behind, carrying with them only a few artefacts of their lives so far — possessions that have proven so formative that they can’t imagine surviving without them — but also the accumulated memories of their own lives and family histories. Noah, who was taught to read using road maps during a life of nomadic travels with his mother — their home being a 1966 Bonneville station wagon with a silver trailer — decides to leave the prairies for university in Montreal. But putting down roots there turns out to be a more transitory experience than he expected. Joyce, stifled by life in a remote village on Quebec’s Lower North Shore, and her overbearing relatives, hitches a ride into Montreal, spurred on by a news story about a modern-day cyber-pirate and the spirit of her own buccaneer ancestors. While her daily existence remains surprisingly routine —working at a fish shop in Jean-Talon market, dumpster-diving at night for necessities — it’s her Internet piracy career that takes off. And then there’s the unnamed narrator, who we first meet clearing out his deceased mother’ s house on Montreal’s South Shore, and who decides to move into the city to start a new life. There he finds his true home among books, content to spend his days working in a used bookstore and journeying though the many worlds books open up for him. Over the course of the next ten years, Noah, Joyce and the unnamed bookseller will sometimes cross paths, and sometimes narrowly miss each other, as they all pass through one vibrant neighbourhood on Montreal’s Plateau. Their journeys seem remarkably unformed, more often guided by the prevailing winds than personal will, yet their stories weave in and out of other wondrous tales — stories about such things as fearsome female pirates, urban archaeologists, unexpected floods, fish of all kinds, a mysterious book without a cover and a dysfunctional compass whose needle obstinately points to the remote Aleutian village of Nikolski. And it is in the magical accumulation of those details around the edges of their lives that we begin to know these individuals as part of a greater whole, and ultimately realize that anchors aren’t at all permanent, really; rather, they’re made to be hoisted up and held in reserve until their strength is needed again.

Author Nicolas Dickner
Isbn 0307375803
Genre Fiction
Year 2010-03-09
Pages 304
Language English
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An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel–part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps headlong into the malaise of contemporary existence. Bruno and Michel are half-brothers abandoned by their mother, an unabashed devotee of the drugged-out free-love world of the sixties. Bruno, the older, has become a raucously promiscuous hedonist himself, while Michel is an emotionally dead molecular biologist wholly immersed in the solitude of his work. Each is ultimately offered a final chance at genuine love, and what unfolds is a brilliantly caustic and unpredictable tale. Translated from the French by Frank Wynne.

Author Michel Houellebecq
Isbn 0375412646
Genre Fiction
Year 2001-02-06
Pages 272
Language English
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* Instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestseller * * GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER for BEST DEBUT and BEST ROMANCE of 2019 * * BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR* for VOGUE, NPR, VANITY FAIR, and more! * What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales? When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn't always diplomatic. "I took this with me wherever I went and stole every second I had to read! Absorbing, hilarious, tender, sexy—this book had everything I crave. I’m jealous of all the readers out there who still get to experience Red, White & Royal Blue for the first time!" - Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners "Red, White & Royal Blue is outrageously fun. It is romantic, sexy, witty, and thrilling. I loved every second." - Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six

Author Casey McQuiston
Isbn 1250316782
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-05-14
Pages 432
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The Confessions of Arsène Lupin (1913) is a collection of short stories by Maurice Leblanc. Blending crime fiction, fantasy, and mystery, Leblanc crafts original and entertaining tales of adventure starring one of the greatest literary characters of all time—Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief. Partly based on the life of French anarchist Marius Jacob, Lupin first appeared in print in 1905 as an answer to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Arsène Lupin is the world’s greatest thief, an unmatched force for good whose exploits threaten the wealth and standing of France’s most wicked men. In this installment of Leblanc’s beloved series, Lupin uses his remarkable wit and chameleon-like ability to move undetected through aristocratic society in order to steal, trick, and cheat his way through life. Despite his criminal nature, he operates under a strict moral code, only taking from those who have taken from the poor all their lives. When Baron Repstein, a powerful businessman, has his fortune stolen by a faithless wife, Arsène Lupin casts doubt on his tale of betrayal. Securing a deathbed confession via code from the Baron’s closest associate, Lupin makes his way to Repstein’s home, where he introduces himself and proceeds to reveal the shocking truth. Other stories in the collection include “The wedding-ring,” “The red silk scarf,” and “A Tragedy in the Forest of Morgues.” The Confessions of Arsène Lupin contains tales of romance, mystery, and crime that continue to astound over a century after they were published. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Maurice Leblanc’s The Confessions of Arsène Lupin is a classic of French literature reimagined for modern readers.

Author Maurice Leblanc
Isbn 1513295241
Genre Fiction
Year 2021-03-24
Pages 186
Language English
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“A modern classic of courage and excitement.” —The New Yorker • The source for the iconic prison-escape film starring Steve McQueen Henri Charrière, nicknamed "Papillon," for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped . . . until Papillon. His flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken. Charrière's astonishing autobiography, Papillon, was first published in France to instant acclaim in 1968, more than twenty years after his final escape. Since then, it has become a treasured classic--the gripping, shocking, ultimately uplifting odyssey of an innocent man who would not be defeated. “A first-class adventure story.” — New York Review of Books

Author Henri Charriere
Isbn 0062224476
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2012-05-29
Pages 576
Language English
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