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Livres, actualités : tout sur Andrée Chedid

Née le 20 mars 1920 au Caire, en Égypte, sous le nom Andrée Saab, Andrée Chedid y mène ses études, apprenant le français et l'anglais, et utilisant de manière ponctuelle l'arabe. Avec son mari Louis Selim Chedid, qu'elle épouse en 1942, elle part au Liban l'année suivante, où elle publie son premier recueil poétique, On the Trails of My Fancy, sous le pseudonyme A. Lake.

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Livres, actualités : tout sur Virginia Woolf

Née Adeline Virginia Alexandra Stephen en 1882, Virginia Woolf grandit dans une famille aisée, où elle dispose d'un accès facilité à l'art et à la culture de son époque. Les disparitions de sa mère, en 1895, de sa demi-sœur puis de son père fragilisent toutefois son état émotionnel : elle devient sujette aux dépressions nerveuses. En 1915, elle publie son premier roman, The Voyage Out, après quelques années d'activité au sein du supplément littéraire du Times. 

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Foire du Livre de Francfort 2019 : la Norvège à l'honneur

La Foire du Livre de Francfort 2019, 71e édition, se déroulera du 16 au 20 octobre. L'un des plus importants salons du monde du livre européen fera cette fois une place d'honneur à la Norvège. « The dream we carry », ou le « Le rêve que nous faisons », titre du programme mis en œuvre par le pays, promet beaucoup, et notamment des focus sur la liberté d'expression et sur les auteurs et livres féministes.

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Livres, actualités : tout sur Virginie Despentes

Née le 13 juin 1969 à Nancy, Virginie Despentes fait une entrée fracassante en littérature avec Baise-moi, un premier roman écrit en quelques semaines, provocateur et dérangeant, qui devient, grâce au bouche-à-oreille et à une exposition médiatique inattendue, un succès. Après deux autres romans, l'adaptation cinématographique de son premier livre, réalisée avec Coralie Trinh Thi, termine d'asseoir sa réputation d'auteure féministe et jusqu'au-boutiste.

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Du féminisme en littérature

« Quelle erreur pour une femme d’attendre que l’homme construise le monde qu’elle veut, au lieu de le créer elle-même. » Cette phrase d’Anaïs Nin prend toute son ampleur en littérature, où après des siècles où les grands écrivains n’ont parlé qu’à leur semblable du sexe masculin, l’ancien « sexe faible » a aujourd’hui pleinement sa place. Des femmes fortes, sensibles, engagées et/ou artistes, qui font vibrer leurs voix singulières et caractéristiques.

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En série ou en film, les adaptations de livres crèvent l'écran

Le Parrain, Les Dents de la merRaisons et sentiments, Le Seigneur des Anneaux, la saga Harry Potter, Le Nom de la Rose, Orange mécaniqueVol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou, Le GuépardLettre d'une inconnue... Tous ces films ont un point commun, celui d'être des adaptations de romans ou de sagas littéraires...

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The Concept of Man in Igbo Myths

In the vast silence of their isolation, the traditional Igbos have learnt the ways of living in harmony with nature. From their origin in distant time, they have kept a sacred perspective on the natural world. In our age, there is the need for traditional wisdoms to retain their validity and be intrinsic to our philosophic and scientific perceptions of the cosmos. We cannot do without their knowledge, their spiritual perspective, and their deep faith in the harmony of all nature. Ignoring these qualities has profound environmental implications. Global warming, environmental pollution, and the exhaustion of nature's resources are but a few of the symptoms of the nature's experiences as we continue to mistreat it in order to satisfy our own ends. This work helps us to realise that wherever we are, we are a part of nature. All the things around us are as presences, representing forces and powers of life that are not ours and yet are all part of us. Then we find them reflecting in ourselves, because we are nature, though not identical with it.

11/1999

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To catch the sun in the water

Marie was born around the end of World War II in a small village near Chaveniac-Lafayette where General Lafayette lived. It is the mountainous region of Auvergne known as the heart of France. Take Marie's hand and she will guide you through her humble childhood. Through her eyes you will see what it was like to live in the country in France. With Marie's many brothers end sisters you will participate in hay making, harvesting... At this time, they used traditional methods and tools. Her parents will demonstrate the making of bread, butter and cheese... It's here that you meet Mathias, a boy her age, who becomes her best friend. Later, their love story unfolds... Just after the war, it was a time when the French countryside was populated with farmers that still lived in economic self-sufficiency. In the story, the author makes these peasants from depths of France come alive. The feeling, the candor, and the authenticity of the book will remind you of the Little House on the Prairie

07/2001

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L'énigme du sabre. Edition bilingue français-anglais

C'est dimanche et comme souvent Louise et Arthur viennent rendre visite à leur grand-mère. Ils aiment bien y aller, elle joue avec eux et leur raconte plein d'histoires. Mais aujourd'hui, elle n'a pas le temps et les deux cousins s'ennuient. Alors, ils décident de grimper dans le grenier où sont entreposés de vieux souvenirs et objets abandonnés. Ils y ont déjà été, mais maintenant ils sont plus grands et peut-être trouveront-ils un trésor qu'ils n'avaient pas aperçu, lors de la dernière visite. Après un long moment de recherche, dans un coin, Louise découvre une malle poussiéreuse. Les deux cousins, l'ouvrent et entrevoient un sabre avec une inscription. Une trouvaille qui va les mener jusqu'à l'école militaire de Saint Cyr de Coëtquidan, sur les traces de leur grand père. It's a Sunday and often as not, Louise and Arthur go and visit their grandmother. They like to go there, she plays with them and tells them lots of stories. But this Sunday she does not have the time, so the two cousins are bored. They decide to climb up into the attic, where old memorabilia and abandoned objects are stored. They have been there before, but now that they are taller, maybe they will find a treasure they did not see during their last visit. After a long moment of searching, in a corner, Louise discovers a dusty trunk. The two cousins open it and see a sword with an inscription. A discovery that will lead them to the military school at Saint Cyr de Coëtquidan, in the footsteps of their grandfather.

06/2018

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Charles Darwin's Zoology Notes & Specimen Lists from H.M.S. Beagle

Two long sets of scientific notes were made by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. Those transcribed here are concerned with natural history, and although in 1839 he drew on them quite extensively in writing his famous " Journal of Researches ", neither they nor his geology notes have previously been published. He was a superb observer, and recorded vividly and accurately his first impressions of the appearance and behaviour of the wide range of animals, from ants to ostriches, encountered during his travels. Often he performed little experiments on the creatures that he captured, and he was never happy until he had exhaustively explored the why and wherefore of every one of his observations. During the long periods on board ship, he carried out a thorough analysis of hitherto unrecognised features of the internal anatomy of a variety of marine invertebrates, and made elegant pencil drawings of them under his dissecting microscope. The volume also includes his lists of 1 500 specimens preserved in Spirits of Wine, and some 3 500 not in Spirits, with impeccably accurate cross references to the main notes. Although his notes were made strictly for his own use, and were often highly technical, they were well written throughout, and contain many highly readable passages. Only towards the very end of the voyage were his first doubts about the immutability of species consciously pressed, but here are to be found the first seeds of his theory of evolution, and of the important new fields of behavioural and ecological study of which he was one of the principal founders.

01/2000

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The Structure of Political Communication in the United Kingdom, the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany

Political Communication in The United Kingdom, the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany differs in terms of what the peoples expect to take issue with, how they are prepared to talk about them, which choices they can make to solve problems and, finally, whom or which organizations they delegate to resolve them. This comparative media study of The Economist, Time and Der Spiegel attempts to extract the differences in politics of the three societies.

11/1987

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The Undergrowth of Science. Delusion, self-deception and human frailty

Walter Gratzer's themes in the stories he relates in The Undergrowth of Science are collective delusion and human folly. Science is generally seen as a process bound by rigorous rules, which its practitioners must not transgress. Deliberate fraud occasionally intrudes, but it is soon detected, the perpetrators cast out and the course of discovery barely disturbed. Far more interesting are the outbreaks of self-delusion that from time to time afflict upright and competent researchers, and then spread like an epidemic or mass-hysteria through a sober and respectable scientific community. When this happens the rules by which scientists normally govern their working lives are suddenly suspended. Sometimes these episodes are provoked by personal vanity, an unwillingness to acknowledge error or even contemplate the possibility that a hard-won success is a will o' the wisp; at other times they stem from loyalty to a respected and trusted guru, or even from patriotic pride; and, worst of ail, they may be a consequence of a political ideology which imposes its own interpretation on scientists' observations of the natural world. Unreason and credulity supervene, illusory phenomena are described and measured, and theories are developed to explain them - until suddenly, often for no single reason, the bubble bursts, leaving behind it a residue of acrimony, recrimination, embarrassment and ruined reputations. Here, then, are radiations, measured with high precision yet existing only in the minds of those who observed them; the Russian water, which some thought might congeal the oceans: phantom diseases which called for heroic surgery; monkey testis implants that restored the sexual powers of ageing roués and of tired sheep; truths about genetics and about the nature of matter, perceptible only to Aryan scientists in the Third Reich or Marxist ideologues in the Soviet Union; and much more. The Undergrowth of Science explores, in terms accessible to the lay reader, the history of such episodes, up to our own time, in ail their absurdity, tragedy and pathos.

01/2000

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