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Henri III

By Philippe Erlanger

Peu de souverains connurent à l'égal d'Henri III l'amour passionné et los angeles haine aveugle de los angeles foule. Adoré avant son avènement comme un demi-dieu, il devint, sitôt qu'il règna, l'objet d'une exécration et d'un mépris qui devaient le faire tomber sous le poignard d'un assassin.

Et pourtant ce monarque tant vilipendé fut un souverain courageous, séduisant, généreux, libéral, doué de tous les dons de l'esprit, grand orateur, soldat valeureux, diplomate incomparable, profondément attaché à sa patrie. Son impopularité, il ne l. a. dut réellement ni à l. a. bizarrerie de ses mœurs, ni aux étrangetés de son caractère. Le grief profond des hommes qui, de son temps, se disputaient los angeles France vint de ce que, méprisant toutes les factions, il défendit inlassablement contre elles l. a. reason du pays.

Philippe Erlanger s'est efforcé de tracer une peinture fidèle d'un roi mal connu et, pour ce faire, il a cru ne devoir dissimuler ni ses singularités, ni ses faiblesses. Dans une évocation pleine de vie et de couleur, il montre cet homme extraordinaire en lutte contre los angeles révolution du XVIe siècle et ressuscite autour de lui les personnages fastueux, pittoresques, corrompus qui menaient leurs intrigues à los angeles Cour licencieuse des derniers Valois.

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Le Dépaysement: Voyages en France

By Jean-Christophe Bailly

« Le sujet de ce livre est los angeles France. Le yet est de comprendre ce que ce mot désigne aujourd’hui et s’il est juste qu’il désigne quelque selected qui, par définition, n’existerait pas ailleurs. » Ainsi start Le Dépaysement. Mais pour répondre à cette query, à cette query d’ identité, l’auteur, au lieu d’écrire un essai, a pendant trois ans parcouru le territoire, prélevant dans le paysage lui-même, sur le motif, les éléments d’une attainable réponse. Les frontières, les rivières, les montagnes, les écarts entre nord et midi, mais aussi les couches de sédimentation de l. a. moral sense historique, ce sont tous ces éléments rencontrés en chemin qu’il restitue au sein d’un livre qui veut être avant tout los angeles description d’un état de choses, à un second donné. Cette « coupe cellular » fera donc passer le lecteur par une grande variété de lieux, des plus marqués par l’Histoire aux plus discrets, en même temps qu’il croisera quantité de noms et verra, mais sur pièces, se tendre les enjeux d’une query que l’actualité politique récente a fait resurgir, mais en los angeles défigurant.

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Bardo or Not Bardo

"Irreducible to any unmarried literary style, the Volodinian cosmos is skillfully crafted, fusing components of technological know-how fiction with magical realism and political commentary."—Nicholas Hauck, Music & Literature

One of Volodine's funniest books, Bardo or now not Bardo takes position in his universe of failed revolutions, radical shamanism, and off-kilter nomenclature.

In every one of those seven vignettes, anyone dies and has to make his manner during the Tibetan afterlife, often referred to as the Bardo. within the Bardo, souls wander for forty-nine days earlier than being reborn, helped alongside on their trip by way of the lessons of the Book of the Dead.

Unfortunately, Volodine's characters bungle their probabilities at enlightenment, with the lately lifeless selecting to waste away their afterlife sound asleep, or opting for to be reborn as a trifling spider. The still-living aren't far better off, creating a mess of items of their personal methods, reminiscent of erroneously reciting a Tibetan cookbook to a misplaced comrade rather than the holy book.

Once back, Volodine has tested his diversity and ambition, crafting a relocating, hysterical paintings approximately variations and the facility of the book.

Antoine Volodine is the first pseudonym of a French author who has released twenty books lower than this identify, numerous of that are on hand in English translation, resembling Minor Angels, and Writers. He additionally publishes less than the names Lutz Bassmann and Manuela Draeger.

J. T. Mahany is a graduate of the grasp of Arts in Literary Translation stories application on the collage of Rochester and is at the moment learning for his MFA on the collage of Arkansas.

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Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

By David Downie

Part experience tale, half cultural historical past the writer of Paris, Paris: trip into town of sunshine explores the phenomenon of pilgrimage alongside the age-old means of Saint James in France

pushed by means of interest, wanderlust, and overall healthiness crises David Downie and his spouse set out from Paris to stroll throughout France to the Pyrenees. beginning at the Rue Saint-Jacques then hiking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric direction takes seventy two days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths―a 1,100-year-old community of trails resulting in the sanctuary of Saint James the better. it's best often called El Camino de Santiago de Compostela―“The approach” for brief. the item of any pilgrimage is an inward trip manifested in an extended, reflective stroll. For Downie, the inward trip met the outer one: a mix of self-discovery and actual regeneration. greater than 200,000 pilgrims take the hugely commercialized Spanish course each year, yet few pass France. Downie had a aim: to move from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his personal maverick manner. 32 pages of colour photos through Alison Harris. 32 pages of colour pictures

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Democracy in America (Penguin Classics)

By Alexis de Tocqueville

A modern learn of the early American state and its evolving democracy, from a French aristocrat and sociologist

In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, a tender French aristocrat and bold civil servant, set out from post-revolutionary France on a trip throughout the United States that may take him nine months and canopy 7,000 miles. the end result used to be Democracy in America, a refined and prescient research of the existence and associations of 19th-century the United States. Tocqueville seemed to the flourishing deomcratic approach in the USA as a potential version for post-revolutionary France, believing that the egalitarian beliefs it enshrined mirrored the spirit of the age or even divine will. His examine of the strengths and weaknesses of an evolving democratic society has been quoted via each American president on the grounds that Eisenhower, and is still a key aspect of reference for any dialogue of the yank state or the democratic system.

This new version is the one one who comprises all Tocqueville's writings on the USA, together with the rarely-translated Two Weeks within the Wilderness, an account of Tocqueville's travels in Michigan one of the Iroquois, and Excursion to Lake Oneida

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more advantageous through introductions and notes via exceptional students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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The Tyrant

By Jacques Chessex

Winner of France's so much prestigious literary award, the Prix Goncourt.

A haunting paintings, corresponding to Albert Camus, that portrays with beautiful mental aspect the emotional predicament within the lifetime of Jean Calmet, a tender Swiss schoolteacher. As we watch the father's cremation within the commencing bankruptcy, we feel that, even if his father's physique has been lowered to ashes, his spirit survives to hang-out Jean. His father's prodigious power and virility had overwhelmed his relations and ruined his son's adolescence. Even after his father's dying, Jean can't be loose. The parental ogre's activities proceed to suck Jean right into a vortex of despair.

‘First released in France in 1973, this unbearably unhappy novel from Swiss writer Chessex, the 1st non-French author to win the Prix Goncourt, charts a man’s gradual yet regular direction towards tragedy.Chessex completely captures the juxtaposition of the profound and the banal in a surreal scene the place a mortuary consultant hawks diversified versions of urns to carry cremated is still. Jean’s burden of guilt simply grows heavier with time, and the denouement will strike many as pathetically inevitable.’ Publishers Weekly

Jacques Chessex, an immense of Swiss literature, received the Grand Prix de l. a. langue française and used to be offered the Grand Prix Jean Giono for his complete paintings. sour Lemon Press released his novels The Vampire of Ropraz and A Jew needs to Die to excessive acclaim. He died in 2009 at age seventy-five.

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