Presents a portrait of the ancient Kaweskar people through the eyes of Magellen, Drake, Darwin, and other historical characters in the story of Lafko, the last surviving Kaweskar
Ils s'appelaient eux-mêmes les Hommes. Ils étaient parvenus à cette extrémité de la terre - qui devait, bien plus tard, être nommée Terre de Feu –;, au terme d'une si longue migration qu'ils en avaient perdu la mémoire. Sans cesse poussés par de nouveaux envahisseurs, ils avaient traversé un continent et des millénaires dans l'ignorance et la peur. Ils s'étaient établis là où, semblait-il, nul ne pouvait les rejoindre, tant sont cruels le ciel, la terre et la mer dans cet enfer austral. Ils furent peut-être un peuple; ils ne furent plus que des clans, puis des familles. Un jour, et c'est demain, il n'y aura plus que Lafko –; Lafko, fils de Lafko, fils de Lafko depuis le fond des âges - , le dernier des Hommes, celui que nous voyons, à la première et à la dernière page de ce livre, tenter de trouver dans la tempête la grève où il pourra mourir, seul sous le regard de Dieu. Dans l'intervalle, depuis le rêve de Henri le Navigateur et l'apparition des vaisseaux de Magellan, les Hommes, ces " sauvages ", ont regardé passer l'Histoire et l'ont subie. Demain, Lafko va se perdre dans la nuit. Qui se souvient des Hommes ? Jean Raspail, pour avoir rencontré l'un des derniers canots des Alakalufs (tel est leur nom moderne), ne les a pas oubliés. Dans ce livre - que, faute de mieux, il qualifie de " roman ", mais " épopée " ou " tragédie " seraient sans doute plus exacts –;, il recrée le destin de ces êtres, nos frères, que les hommes qui les virent hésitèrent à reconnaître comme des hommes. C'est une immense et terrible histoire. Et c'est un livre comme il n'en existe pas aujourd'hui, et dont on sort transformé.
"Published for the first time in 1973, Camp of the Saints is a novel that anticipates a situation that seems plausible today and foresees a threat that no longer seems unbelevable to anyone: it describes the peaceful invasion of France, and then of the West, by a third world burgeoned into multitudes. At all levels - global consciousness, governments, societies, and especially every person within himself - the question is asked belatedly: what's to be done?"--Author's introduction to the 1985 French edition.
Author: Jean Raspail
The year is 1939, the eve of war in France. A troop of adolescents in the countryside of Touraine led by the bold beautiful Bertrand, play war games to test their chivalry. Matching Bertrand in beauty is Maite, his cool, remote girlfriend. The others, including the narrator, bask in their leaders' perfection but cannot match them in courage, idealism, or inventiveness. Like the children in Lord of the Flies, the group assaults the boundaries between childhood and adulthood, games ans life, at Bertran's summer retreat, Blue Island.
Author: Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.
A prize-winning, "womanist" novel--part thriller, part science-fiction fantasy--traces the emotional and sexual awakening of one woman, the youngest of a group imprisoned in a world of men who attempt to dehumanize them. IP.
Nous déléguons aujourd’hui une grande partie de notre mémoire aux ordinateurs, tablettes et autres smartphones. Nous avons oublié comment ne pas oublier. Chaque année, quelques dizaines de personnes font un joyeux pied de nez à notre époque. Venues du monde entier, elles se retrouvent pour disputer une compétition singulière. L’objectif ? Obtenir le titre de « grand maître de la mémoire ». L’élu doit notamment être capable de se souvenir de l’ordre des cartes d’un jeu entier en moins de deux minutes, et, en une heure, de celui de mille chiffres quelconques. Ces hommes et ces femmes n’ont rien d’exceptionnel. Ils sont comme nous, ni plus ni moins doués. Suivons-les dans les coulisses du championnat du monde de la mémoire. Ils ont des choses surprenantes à nous apprendre.
Author: Ken Grimwood
Publisher: Harper Collins
Jeff Winston, forty-three, didn't know he was a replayer until he died and woke up twenty-five years younger in his college dorm room; he lived another life. And died again. And lived again and died again -- in a continuous twenty-five-year cycle -- each time starting from scratch at the age of eighteen to reclaim lost loves, remedy past mistakes, or make a fortune in the stock market. A novel of gripping adventure, romance, and fascinating speculation on the nature of time, Replay asks the question: "What if you could live your life over again?"
Author: Elie Wiesel
Publisher: Hill and Wang
A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man. Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
Author: Bruce Chatwin
The masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the genre and made its author famous overnight An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. Fueled by an unmistakable lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Chatwin treks through “the uttermost part of the earth”—that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome—in search of almost-forgotten legends, the descendants of Welsh immigrants, and the log cabin built by Butch Cassidy. An instant classic upon publication in 1977, In Patagonia is a masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Kindly Ones
Author: Jonathan Littell
Publisher: Emblem Editions
“Oh my human brothers, let me tell you how it happened.” Dr. Max Aue, the man at the heart of Jonathan Littell’s stunning and controversial novel The Kindly Ones, personifies the evils of the Second World War and the Holocaust. Highly educated and cultured, he was an ambitious SS officer, a Nazi and mass murderer who was in the upper echelons of the Third Reich. He tells us of his experience during the war. He was present at Auschwitz and Babi Yar, witnessed the battle of Stalingrad, and survived the fall of Berlin — receiving a medal from Hitler personally in the last days of Nazi Germany. Long after the war, he is living a comfortable bourgeois life in France, married with two children, managing a lace factory. And now, having evaded justice, he speaks out, giving a precise and accurate record of his life. The tone of his account is detached, lapidary, and for the most part unrepentant, whether he is describing his participation in mass murder on the Eastern Front, his bureaucratic investigations of labour productivity in the death camps, his casual murder of civilians as he tries to break through Russian lines towards the end of the war, or his fervid and convoluted relationship with his twin sister. Over its course, by entwining Aue’s life with those of historical figures such as Eichmann and Speer, Himmler and indeed Hitler, The Kindly Ones comes to depict the entire architecture of Nazism — from its grandest intellectual pretensions to its most minute, most chilling managerial details and executions. The Kindly Ones presents — with unprecedented realism, meticulous research that is both fascinating and compelling, and brilliant literary accomplishment — the greatest horrors imaginable. “War and murder are a question, a question without an answer, for when you cry out in the night, no one answers,” Aue says. In the same way, this powerfully affecting, powerfully challenging book confronts the reader with the most profound questions about history, morality, and art without offering any easy resolution. Written originally in French, and published now in English for the first time, The Kindly Ones has already sold to date well over a million copies in Europe. In France it won two prestigious prizes, including the Goncourt, and has been compared to War and Peace and other great classics of literature. From the Hardcover edition.
Explores the underlying unconscious forces that wear the human body down and cause illness, revealing the sources of self-destructive behavior and including special chapters on sex, suicide, depression, anxiety, migraines, and immune disease.
Considered by many the greatest war novel of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front is Erich Maria Remarque’s masterpiece of the German experience during World War I. I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. . . . This is the testament of Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army during World War I. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks in pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another . . . if only he can come out of the war alive. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”—The New York Times Book Review From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Patti Smith
Publisher: A&C Black
Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe