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Le Bûcher des vanités

Le Bûcher des vanités

Author: Tom WOLFE
Publisher: Robert Laffont
ISBN: 2221138317
Pages: 689
Year: 2014-09-04
Sherman McCoy mène une vie luxueuse entre Wall Street, dont il est l'un des jeunes lions, et Park Avenue. Un soir, revenant de l'aéroport avec sa maîtresse, il rate la sortie de l'autoroute, et se perd dans le Bronx. Au moment où il croit enfin pouvoir échapper à ce quartier de tous les dangers, deux jeunes Noirs s'avancent, menaçants, vers sa Mercedes... Le couple parvient à s'enfuir, mais écrase l'un des deux hommes. Pour Sherman McCoy, c'est le début de la chute. Sa vie affective et professionnelle est pulvérisée, et l'univers dont il se croyait le maître flambe sur le bûcher de toutes les vanités. Graduellement, inexorablement, l'étau se resserre, sans que l'on sache, jusqu'aux toutes dernières pages, comment le cauchemar se terminera. " La plus sinistre, la plus drôle, la plus juste des présentations de la vie new-yorkaise... " Le Monde " Cauchemardesque, fascinant, drôle et passionnant, le livre qu'il faut avoir lu sur ce qui est aujourd'hui la " ville moderne " par excellence. " Les Échos " " The " roman encore jamais écrit sur New York et ses épicentres mondialement nerveux : la Bourse et les conflits raciaux... L'argent, la politique, la presse, la justice, le courage et la lâcheté, du grand spectacle en cinémascope. " Marie-Claire " Le Bûcher des vanités... cet incendie de mots éclairant la nuit contemporaine. " VSD
The Bonfire of the Vanities

The Bonfire of the Vanities

Author: Tom Wolfe
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429960566
Pages: 704
Year: 2002-02-21
Vintage Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York Society this accurately and devastatingly since Edith Wharton" (The National Review) “A page-turner . . . Brilliant high comedy.” (The New Republic)
Savonarole

Savonarole

Author: Roland Barraux
Publisher: Editions L'Harmattan
ISBN: 2336382792
Pages: 62
Year: 2015-06-07
Le fascinant destin de Jérôme Savonarole se situe dans la longue lignée des réformistes de la pensée chrétienne, d'Origène, Arius, Pelage ou Jean Hus, en attendant Luther qui en a confirmé l'expression. Le Frère Dominicain Savonarole fut, pour un temps, le maître de Florence et l'ami de Charles VIII qui prétendait conquérir l'Italie. Excommunié par le pape Alexandre VI, il fut soumis à la torture et finalement pendu et brûlé le 23 mai 1498. L'auteur propose la formule du spectacle théâtral pour illustrer la pensée et l'action de ce personnage qui continue à inspirer jusqu'au Vatican des voix pour sa réhabilitation, voire sa canonisation.
LE BUCHER DES VANITES:ROMAN. TRAD.PAR BENJAMIN LEGRAND.

LE BUCHER DES VANITES:ROMAN. TRAD.PAR BENJAMIN LEGRAND.

Author: Tom Wolfe
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 702
Year: 1988

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 784
Year: 1906

Bloody Miami

Bloody Miami

Author: Tom WOLFE
Publisher: Robert Laffont
ISBN: 2221136764
Pages: 594
Year: 2013-03-28
Le Bûcher des vanités des années 2010 " Miami est la seule ville d'Amérique – et même du monde, à ma connaissance – où une population venue d'un pays étranger a établi sa domination en l'espace d'une génération à peine. Je veux parler des Cubains de Miami. Ici, Nestor, un policier cubain, se retrouve exilé par son propre peuple pour avoir sauvé de la noyade un misérable émigrant clandestin de La Havane ; Magdalena, sa ravissante petite amie, le quitte pour des horizons plus glamour dans les bras d'un psy spécialiste de l'addiction à la pornographie ; un chef de la police noir décide qu'il en a assez de servir d'alibi à la politique raciale du maire cubain ; un journaliste WASP aux dents longues s'échine à traquer le scoop qui lui permettra de se faire une place à la hauteur de son ambition... et je n'évoque là que quelques-uns des personnages de Bloody Miami. C'est un roman, mais je ne peux m'empêcher de me poser cette question : et si nous étions en train d'y contempler l'aurore de l'avenir de l'Amérique ? " Tom Wolfe " Tentaculaire, foisonnant, obsédant, exaltant, exigeant, dopé à la caféine " The Miami Herald " Lire Tom Wolfe, c'est comme passer une journée au parc d'attractions : on est lancé à toute allure sur les rails sifflants d'une narration où les scènes s'enchaînent, portées par une prose électrique. " The Wall Street Journal
A Man in Full

A Man in Full

Author: Tom Wolfe
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429960698
Pages: 742
Year: 2010-04-01
Big men. Big money. Big games. Big libidos. Big trouble. A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era--and established Tom Wolfe as our prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. This time the setting is Atlanta, Georgia--a racially mixed late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth, avid speculators, and worldly-wise politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta real-estate entrepreneur turned conglomerate king, whose expansionist ambitions and outsize ego have at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 28,000-acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife--and a half-empty office tower with a staggering load of debt. When star running back Fareek Fanon--the pride of one of Atlanta's grimmest slums--is accused of raping an Atlanta blueblood's daughter, the city's delicate racial balance is shattered overnight. Networks of illegal Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent, daily life behind bars, shady real-estate syndicates, cast-off first wives of the corporate elite, the racially charged politics of college sports--Wolfe shows us the disparate worlds of contemporary America with all the verve, wit, and insight that have made him our most phenomenal, most admired contemporary novelist. A Man in Full is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.
Back to Blood

Back to Blood

Author: Tom Wolfe
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316214582
Pages: 896
Year: 2012-10-23
A big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay-with officer Nestor Camacho on board-Tom Wolfe is off and running. Into the feverous landscape of the city, he introduces the Cuban mayor, the black police chief, a wanna-go-muckraking young journalist and his Yale-marinated editor; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his Latina nurse by day, loin lock by night-until lately, the love of Nestor's life; a refined, and oh-so-light-skinned young woman from Haiti and her Creole-spouting, black-gang-banger-stylin' little brother; a billionaire porn addict, crack dealers in the 'hoods, "de-skilled" conceptual artists at the Miami Art Basel Fair, "spectators" at the annual Biscayne Bay regatta looking only for that night's orgy, yenta-heavy ex-New Yorkers at an "Active Adult" condo, and a nest of shady Russians. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous bestselling novels, BACK TO BLOOD is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.
Hooking Up

Hooking Up

Author: Tom Wolfe
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 142997902X
Pages: 293
Year: 2010-04-01
Only yesterday boys and girls spoke of embracing and kissing (necking) as getting to first base. Second base was deep kissing, plus groping and fondling this and that. Third base was oral sex. Home plate was going all the way. That was yesterday. Here in the Year 2000 we can forget about necking. Today's girls and boys have never heard of anything that dainty. Today first base is deep kissing, now known as tonsil hockey, plus groping and fondling this and that. Second base is oral sex. Third base is going all the way. Home plate is being introduced by name. And how rarely our hooked-up boys and girls are introduced by name!-as Tom Wolfe has discovered from a survey of girls' File-o-Fax diaries, to cite but one of Hooking Up's displays of his famed reporting prowess. Wolfe ranges from coast to coast chronicling everything from the sexual manners and mores of teenagers... to fundamental changes in the way human beings now regard themselves thanks to the hot new field of genetics and neuroscience. . . to the inner workings of television's magazine-show sting operations. Printed here in its entirety is "Ambush at Fort Bragg," a novella about sting TV in which Wolfe prefigured with eerie accuracy three cases of scandal and betrayal that would soon explode in the press. A second piece of fiction, "U. R. Here," the story of a New York artist who triumphs precisely because of his total lack of talent, gives us a case history preparing us for Wolfe's forecast ("My Three Stooges," "The Invisible Artist") of radical changes about to sweep the arts in America. As an espresso after so much full-bodied twenty-first-century fare, we get a trip to Memory Mall. Reprinted here for the first time are Wolfe's two articles about The New Yorker magazine and its editor, William Shawn, which ignited one of the great firestorms of twentieth-century journalism. Wolfe's afterword about it all is in itself a delicious draught of an intoxicating era, the Twistin' Sixties. In sum, here is Tom Wolfe at the height of his powers as reporter, novelist, sociologist, memoirist, and-to paraphrase what Balzac called himself-the very secretary of American society in the 21st century.
Nagasaki

Nagasaki

Author: Éric Faye
Publisher: Gallic Books
ISBN: 1908313757
Pages: 96
Year: 2014-04-14
In a house on a suburban street in Nagasaki, meteorologist Shimura Kobo lives quietly on his own. Or so he believes. Food begins to go missing. Perturbed by this threat to His orderly life, Shimura sets up a webcam to monitor his home. But though eager to identify his intruder, is Shimura really prepared for what the camera will reveal? This prize-winning novel is a heart-rending tale of alienation in the modern world.
Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes

Author:
Publisher: Canongate U.S.
ISBN: 0802136141
Pages: 64
Year: 1999
The publication of the King James version of the Bible, translated between 1603 and 1611, coincided with an extraordinary flowering of English literature and is universally acknowledged as the greatest influence on English-language literature in history. Now, world-class literary writers introduce the book of the King James Bible in a series of beautifully designed, small-format volumes. The introducers' passionate, provocative, and personal engagements with the spirituality and the language of the text make the Bible come alive as a stunning work of literature and remind us of its overwhelming contemporary relevance.
From Bauhaus to Our House

From Bauhaus to Our House

Author: Tom Wolfe
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0374158924
Pages: 143
Year: 1981
Takes a critical look at the past fifty years of American architecture and assesses the influence of foreign architects and movements
City on Fire

City on Fire

Author: Garth Risk Hallberg
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385353782
Pages: 944
Year: 2015-10-13
National Best Seller • Named a Best Book of the Year by: New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Vogue, The Atlantic, Newsday “A novel of head-snapping ambition and heart-stopping power—a novel that attests to its young author’s boundless and unflagging talents.” —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown’s punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor—and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve. The mystery, as it reverberates through families, friendships, and the corridors of power, will open up even the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever. City on Fire is an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ’n’ roll: about what people need from each other in order to live . . . and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place. From the Hardcover edition.
The Brooklyn Follies

The Brooklyn Follies

Author: Paul Auster
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1429900091
Pages: 320
Year: 2007-04-01
From the bestselling author of Oracle Night and The Book of Illusions, an exhilarating, whirlwind tale of one man's accidental redemption Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, estranged from his only daughter, the retired life insurance salesman seeks only solitude and anonymity. Then Nathan finds his long-lost nephew, Tom Wood, working in a local bookstore—a far cry from the brilliant academic career he'd begun when Nathan saw him last. Tom's boss is the charismatic Harry Brightman, whom fate has also brought to the "ancient kingdom of Brooklyn, New York." Through Tom and Harry, Nathan's world gradually broadens to include a new set of acquaintances—not to mention a stray relative or two—and leads him to a reckoning with his past. Among the many twists in the delicious plot are a scam involving a forgery of the first page of The Scarlet Letter, a disturbing revelation that takes place in a sperm bank, and an impossible, utopian dream of a rural refuge. Meanwhile, the wry and acerbic Nathan has undertaken something he calls The Book of Human Folly, in which he proposes "to set down in the simplest, clearest language possible an account of every blunder, every pratfall, every embarrassment, every idiocy, every foible, and every inane act I had committed during my long and checkered career as a man." But life takes over instead, and Nathan's despair is swept away as he finds himself more and more implicated in the joys and sorrows of others. The Brooklyn Follies is Paul Auster's warmest, most exuberant novel, a moving and unforgettable hymn to the glories and mysteries of ordinary human life.
Le Règne du langage

Le Règne du langage

Author: Tom WOLFE
Publisher: Robert Laffont
ISBN: 2221215362
Pages: 146
Year: 2017-10-19
" Au commencement était le verbe. " Mais l'était-il vraiment ? Tom Wolfe, le maestro des raconteurs d'histoires, enquête ici sur les origines de son principal outil de travail (et objet de passion) : la langue. Pour lui, pas de doute, c'est bien au langage – et non à l'évolution – qu'on doit le développement des sociétés et les réalisations complexes de l'humanité. D'Alfred Wallace, l'autodidacte qui fut le premier, avant Charles Darwin, à défendre la théorie de la sélection naturelle, jusqu'aux néodarwinistes contemporains menés par le linguiste Noam Chomsky et récemment pourfendus par l'anthropologue Daniel Everett, Wolfe examine comment la science a essayé, en vain, de fournir une explication à ce don de la parole. Avec un humour jubilatoire, il suit les errements secrets et grandioses du darwinisme, du temps de la Royal Academy jusqu'au MIT, et signe un petit bijou d'érudition, drôlement passionnant, d'une incroyable férocité envers l'establishment.