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The Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus

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Co-published by Plunkett Lake Press and George Braziller, Inc. On an autumn morning in 1894, Captain Dreyfus was summoned to appear for a routine inspectio ...

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Détails: Co-published by Plunkett Lake Press and George Braziller, Inc. On an autumn morning in 1894, Captain Dreyfus was summoned to appear for a routine inspection; instead, as he took down a letter dictated by a senior officer, he was summarily accused of high treason. So began a twelve-year series of events that included his imprisonment on Devil’s Island, the publication of Emile Zola’s passionateJ’Accuse, the Rennes retrial, and the pardon and final rehabilitation of 1906. As the Dreyfus case turned into the Affair, the history of a single military career came to display the conflicts that were tearing France apart: military defeat, anti-Semitic furor, and the place of traditional values in a country still reeling from the turbulence of the French Revolution. Told with an historian’s insight and a novelist’s skill, The Affairmakes fascinating and informative reading about one of the most celebrated episodes in modern history. “There have been many books about the Dreyfus Affair, but Jean-Denis Bredin's book is one of the best of them — lucid, well-organized, informed by a fine sense of drama.” — John Gross, The New York Times “[a] critically acclaimed study” — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “If one is limited to a single book about the Dreyfus case and its consequences, this should be it. Bredin has told this story with precision, passion, and a vivid sense of character.” — The New York Review of Books “A brilliant and fascinating book. What is most remarkable about The Affair is the skill and sensitivity with which the author places it in its essential historical setting. It is also a gripping — though terrible — story superbly told.” — The Atlantic “This is the most judicious and absorbing account to date of the Dreyfus Case.” — The Boston Globe “This is certainly the best book on the Dreyfus case now available in the English language.” — San Francisco Examiner “Bredin is crystal clear in his gripping narrative of the complex case. His tapestry glows with all the color of the Belle Epoque and its extravagances.” — Chicago Sun-Times “There have been other books on the Affair, but I can’t imagine any of them coming even close to Bredin’s work. He is brilliant at placing the myriad elements of the Affair in context with verve and lucidity. It should be a model for future historians.” — San Francisco Chronicle


Longing to Belong

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An emblematic figure of the 'bourgeois century,' the parvenu represents the Other on which a society depends. This drama of exclusion is symptomatic of nin ...

  • L'auteur : S. Sasson
  • Editeur: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137330813
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Nombre de pages: 210
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: An emblematic figure of the 'bourgeois century,' the parvenu represents the Other on which a society depends. This drama of exclusion is symptomatic of nineteenth-century society: ambivalent about social mobility, oscillating between a new sense of opportunity for all and a backward-looking retrenchment to rigid social structures.


Birth of a National Icon

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Birth of a National Icon examines the emergence of the intellectual in fin-de-siècle France, setting this important phenomenon against the backdrop of an ...

  • L'auteur : Venita Datta
  • Editeur: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 1438400527
  • Genre: History
  • Nombre de pages: 327
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Birth of a National Icon examines the emergence of the intellectual in fin-de-siècle France, setting this important phenomenon against the backdrop of an emerging mass democracy and concentrating on the key role played by the avant-garde.


L'Affaire

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Un matin d’automne 1894, le capitaine Alfred Dreyfus fut convoqué pour une inspection de routine. Après avoir écrit sous la dictée d’un officier su ...

  • L'auteur : Jean-Denis Bredin
  • Editeur: Plunkett Lake Press
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  • Genre: Law
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Détails: Un matin d’automne 1894, le capitaine Alfred Dreyfus fut convoqué pour une inspection de routine. Après avoir écrit sous la dictée d’un officier supérieur, il fut arrêté pour haute trahison et douze longues années commencèrent, qui virent son emprisonnement à l’île du Diable, la publication de J’accuse par Émile Zola, un nouveau procès à Rennes, et finalement le pardon et sa réhabilitation en 1906. Avec la technique de l’historien et le talent du romancier, Jean-Denis Bredin retrace un épisode clé de l’histoire moderne et de l’antisémitisme : ayant assisté à la dégradation de Dreyfus comme journaliste de la Neue Freie Presse, Theodor Herzl écrivit « Le procès Dreyfus [...] me rendit sioniste ». « L’Affaire ne cesse pas de nous parler. Le sentiment national, le culte des hiérarchies, la peur des étrangers, la soif de sécurité, ce sont des permanences de la mentalité française que le XXe siècle n’a pas effacées. Il n’est pas exagéré de dire que le sentiment national a même gagné sinon en force, du moins en légitimité : deux guerres, la Résistance, la trahison d’une partie de la droite qui sacrifia son idéologie à ses intérêts de classe ont fait que la gauche, la gauche socialiste et même la gauche communiste, a pris la relève. La ferveur patriotique, l’exaltation de la défense nationale sont devenues ainsi le fonds commun, réalisant, dans la paix comme dans la guerre, l’union sacrée, constituant l’indivis héritage. Le vieux discours barrésien sur la terre et les morts, sur l’antique cimetière, sur le culte de la France berce l’unanimité nationale, peut-être parce qu’il satisfait la mentalité ancestrale d’un peuple de paysans et de guerriers. Boulanger, Déroulède, Cavaignac, Barrès n’ont pas fini de nous tenir leur fier langage. La défense de la Nation, la grandeur de la France, le salut au drapeau, le respect de la raison d’État, les exigences de l’ordre, de la sécurité, et même l’envol de La Marseillaise, le pas fascinant de l’Armée au 14 Juillet : vieille idéologie rassemblant Jeanne d’Arc et Gambetta, caricaturée par Cavaignac, sublimée par Barrès, mise en œuvre par Clemenceau, renouvelée par de Gaulle, aujourd’hui célébrée par tous les partis et tous les hommes d’État. » — Jean-Denis Bredin,L’Affaire (Épilogue, chapitre III) « Bredin clôt son travail monumental par une leçon de nuance et de scrupule, bien précieuse en nos temps d’intolérance et de partisanneries renaissantes. » — Bertrand Poirot-Delpech, Le Monde « Jean-Denis Bredin [a] écrit ce qui est à ce jour la meilleure synthèse générale de l’affaire Dreyfus. [... Un] travail sérieux et vrai, qui comporte de vastes lectures, le recours aux pièces d’archives. » — François Furet, Le Nouvel Observateur « Un tel ouvrage ne se borne pas à explorer tous les arrière-plans et toutes les conséquences du scandale après en avoir fait revivre superbement les coups de théâtre, les acteurs et les coulisses. Il élargit la réflexion, il suggère bien des choses. » — Angelo Rinaldi, L’Express « Chaque page flambe dans une extraordinaire lucidité, hérissée de réflexions profondes. » — René Vigo, L’Est Éclair « Par son courage à tenir la balance exacte, à refuser l’aveuglement partial, à ne prôner que le respect de l’autre et la vertu de fraternité, le livre de Bredin ajoute la noblesse morale à la réussite littéraire. » — Jean-Claude Soyer, Le Figaro « Une véritable et immense fresque. Un monument, une encyclopédie, un livre définitif terriblement humain. » — Le Soir de Marseille « Nous ne savions pas que le grand livre sur l’affaire Dreyfus était encore à écrire. Le voici. » — Jean David, VSD « Un livre époustouflant à l’érudition hors de pair, Jean-Denis Bredin est le dramaturge de cette sombre histoire. Incomparablement, il nous la fait vivre, il en rend les frénésies et les acteurs, il en réanime la scène. » — Jean-Paul Aron, Le Matin


L'Europe suicidaire

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Ce quatrième tome de l'Histoire de l'antisémitisme, qui couvre la période 1870-1933, continue l'exploration de la mythologie antisémite entreprise par ...

  • L'auteur : Léon Poliakov
  • Editeur: Calmann-Lévy
  • ISBN: 2702145299
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Nombre de pages: 368
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Ce quatrième tome de l'Histoire de l'antisémitisme, qui couvre la période 1870-1933, continue l'exploration de la mythologie antisémite entreprise par l'auteur. Ces affabulations, qui, au lendemain de l'émancipation des Juifs, puisèrent un surcroît de crédibilité dans leurs réussites financières, politiques ou intellectuelles, eurent pour principal thème la mainmise imminente ou parfois même déjà établie du monde juif sur le monde chrétien. En nombre croissant, les Européens manifestent alors la tendance à donner une interprétation malveillante des activités juives, quelles qu'elles soient, au point de voir dans chaque mouvement cataclysmique de la société guerre ou révolution, notamment la réussite d'une manipulation sémite. Circulées par les agitateurs antisémites de l'Europe occidentale et particulièrement ceux des pays germaniques, ces idées viennent fortifier l'idéologie traditionnellement antijuive de l'Empire tsariste, et contribuent à l'aggravation d'une législation antisémite qui incite les Juifs russes à militer contre l'ordre établi et à devenir un élément subversif par excellence : exemple classique d'une prophétie qui s'accomplit d'elle-même. Dès lors, la Révolution de 1917 devint pour les tenants de l'ancien régime une « Révolution juive », une vengeance apocalyptique, et cette vision du monde contamina de proche en proche une grande partie de la bourgeoisise et des élites occidentales, au début du premier après-guerre. La montée des haines et des suspicions antijuives qui s'ensuivit se trouva concentrée dans l'antisémitisme hitlérien, ce qui permit d'autant plus facilement de l'oublier. Pourtant, ce genre de dispositions eut en son temps des adeptes aussi prestigieux que Henri Ford I, Jean Giraudoux et le Times. Un autre trait spécifique de l'antisémitisme de l'entre-deux-guerres fut d'être propagé par divers services de renseignements, tel l'Intelligence Service, comme procédé de diversion ou d'intoxication. Mais il va de soi que les deux épicentres de l'agitation antisémite demeurèrent l'Allemagne, où il est surtout inculqué d'en haut, et la Russie, où il exprime une sourde protestation populaire, jusqu'à ce que, quelques années après la chute du IIIe Reich, la propagande stalinienne, à des nuances près, n'en vienne à prendre la suite de la propagande hitlérienne. L'utilisation de l'antisémitisme par les diverses propagandes bourgeoises, fascistes, et finalement communistes, qui jalonnent, au cours de la première moitié de ce siècle, le déclin de l'Occident, est bien la manifestation de la tentation autodestructrice de l'Europe.


French Twentieth Bibliography

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This series of bibliographical references is one of the most important tools for research in modern and contemporary French literature. No other bibliograp ...

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  • Editeur: Susquehanna University Press
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Détails: This series of bibliographical references is one of the most important tools for research in modern and contemporary French literature. No other bibliography represents the scholarly activities and publications of these fields as completely.


Book of My Mother

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Shortly after Albert Cohen left France for London to escape the Nazis, he received news of his mother’s death in Marseille. Unable to mourn her, he expre ...

  • L'auteur : Albert Cohen
  • Editeur: Archipelago
  • ISBN: 1935744542
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Nombre de pages: 180
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Shortly after Albert Cohen left France for London to escape the Nazis, he received news of his mother’s death in Marseille. Unable to mourn her, he expressed his grief in a series of moving pieces for La France libre, which later grew into Book of My Mother. Achingly honest, intimate, and moving, this love song is a tribute to all mothers. Cohen himself expressed, "I shall not have written in vain if one of you, after reading my hymn of death, is one evening gentler with his mother because of me and my mother." From the Trade Paperback edition.


David Golder

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In 1929, 26-year-old Irène Némirovsky shot to fame in France with the publication of her first novel David Golder. At the time, only the most prescient w ...

  • L'auteur : Irene Nemirovsky
  • Editeur: Vintage Canada
  • ISBN: 0307370704
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 176
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Détails: In 1929, 26-year-old Irène Némirovsky shot to fame in France with the publication of her first novel David Golder. At the time, only the most prescient would have predicted the events that led to her extraordinary final novel Suite Française and her death at Auschwitz. Yet the clues are there in this astonishingly mature story of an elderly Jewish businessman who has sold his soul. Golder is a superb creation. Born into poverty on the Black Sea, he has clawed his way to fabulous wealth by speculating on gold and oil. When the novel opens, he is at work in his magnificent Parisian apartment while his wife and beloved daughter, Joy, spend his money at their villa in Biarritz. But Golder’s security is fragile. For years he has defended his business interests from cut-throat competitors. Now his health is beginning to show the strain. As his body betrays him, so too do his wife and child, leaving him to decide which to pursue: revenge or altruism? Available for the first time since 1930, David Golder is a page-turningly chilling and brilliant portrait of the frenzied capitalism of the 1920s and a universal parable about the mirage of wealth.


La littérature "française" contemporaine

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Les études réunies dans ce volume portent sur des textes littéraires contemporains de langue française qui résultent d'une situation de contact cultur ...

  • L'auteur : Ursula Mathis-Moser,Birgit Mertz-Baumgartner
  • Editeur: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag
  • ISBN: 3823373544
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Nombre de pages: 274
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Détails: Les études réunies dans ce volume portent sur des textes littéraires contemporains de langue française qui résultent d'une situation de contact culturel et elles s'interrogent, de manière explicite ou implicite, sur ce phénomène. Elles visent à relever le potentiel créatif inhérent à une situation de contact culturel et analysent les stratégies narratives qui inscrivent la migration dans le texte littéraire.


Criminology

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  • L'auteur : Raffaele Garofalo
  • Editeur: Рипол Классик
  • ISBN: 5877161660
  • Genre: History
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Jésus thaumaturge

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Ce livre prend pour fil conducteur le fait que les évangiles présentent Jésus comme un thaumaturge sans égal. Appliquée à l'univers culturel du judai ...

  • L'auteur : Bertrand Meheust
  • Editeur: InterEditions
  • ISBN: 2729616047
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Nombre de pages: 392
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Ce livre prend pour fil conducteur le fait que les évangiles présentent Jésus comme un thaumaturge sans égal. Appliquée à l'univers culturel du judaisme du 1er siècle, le projet de l'auteur consiste à utiliser les connaissances que les sciences psychiques ont accumulé sur les thaumaturges pour analyser les facultés dites paranormales de Jésus. Il s'agit donc de lire "Jésus" en mettant entre parenthèse les déterminations de la théologie (la foi) et les a-priori de la raison dogmatique. La notion de thaumaturge est prise dans un sens neutre. Ni catéchisme, confessionnal, mi-plaidoyer rationaliste ou gnostique, cette enquête nous plonge au coeur du mystère qui continue d'interroger notre temps. Du nouveau sur l'affaire Jésus ? Oui et ce livre nous le démontre.


The Liberation of the Jew

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In this book, written after The Colonizer and the Colonized and Portrait of a Jew, Albert Memmi writes, “It is true that all oppression has a strong tend ...

  • L'auteur : Albert Memmi
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Détails: In this book, written after The Colonizer and the Colonized and Portrait of a Jew, Albert Memmi writes, “It is true that all oppression has a strong tendency to become a total oppression, but it is a question of degree and nuance, of generalities and accent. The specific conditions of each oppression consists precisely of such degrees and particular intonations. The Jew is not oppressed as a member of a class, which distinguishes him from the proletariat, for example. Nor is he oppressed as a member of a biological group, which distinguishes him from Negroes or women. He is affected as a member of a total, social, cultural, political and historical group. In other words, the Jew is oppressed as a member of a people, a minor people, a dispersed people, a people always and everywhere in the minority (which distinguished him from the colonized, also oppressed as a people, but a people in the majority). [...] The Jew must be liberated from oppression, and Jewish culture must be liberated from religion. This double liberation can be found in the same course of action — the fight for [the State of] Israel.” Portrait of a Jew and The Liberation of the Jew “form a whole: the beginning and the outcome of a passionate quest. The first offers a diagnosis, the second a remedy. [...] Both are written with moving sincerity [...] As a personal document, Memmi’s introspective study is valuable. Thought-provoking and disturbing in the best sense of the word, it allows us to look into the tormented mind and soul of a distinguished Jewish writer who aspires to live honestly while belonging simultaneously to two worlds. His doubts and affirmations carry the weight of testimony.” — Elie Wiesel, The New York Times “Portrait of a Jew and The Liberation of the Jew [are] filled with a Jewish existentialism marked by quest for identity and self-affirmation far more psychological and sociological than traditionally religious.” — Richard Locke, The New York Times “[The Liberation of the Jew] is in large measure a personal record. It is a moving record [...] The poignancy of this unique work stems from its being a courageous self-analysis by a highly sensitive artist. Its confessional honesty is complete.” — Louis Schwartzman, Journal of Jewish Education


All Who Go Do Not Return

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A moving and revealing exploration of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and one man's loss of faith Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As ...

  • L'auteur : Shulem Deen
  • Editeur: Graywolf Press
  • ISBN: 155597337X
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Nombre de pages: 288
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: A moving and revealing exploration of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and one man's loss of faith Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world—only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow. Deen's first transgression—turning on the radio—is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the Internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely. Now a heretic, he fears being discovered and ostracized from the only world he knows. His relationship with his family at stake, he is forced into a life of deception, and begins a long struggle to hold on to those he loves most: his five children. In All Who Go Do Not Return, Deen bravely traces his harrowing loss of faith, while offering an illuminating look at a highly secretive world.


The Human Stain

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It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging cl ...

  • L'auteur : Philip Roth
  • Editeur: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 9780547345031
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 376
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished his most virulent accuser. Coleman Silk has a secret. But it's not the secret of his affair, at seventy-one, with Faunia Farley, a woman half his age with a savagely wrecked past--a part-time farmhand and a janitor at the college where, until recently, he was the powerful dean of faculty. And it's not the secret of Coleman's alleged racism, which provoked the college witch-hunt that cost him his job and, to his mind, killed his wife. Nor is it the secret of misogyny, despite the best efforts of his ambitious young colleague, Professor Delphine Roux, to expose him as a fiend. Coleman's secret has been kept for fifty years: from his wife, his four children, his colleagues, and his friends, including the writer Nathan Zuckerman, who sets out to understand how this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, had fabricated his identity and how that cannily controlled life came unraveled. Set in 1990s America, where conflicting moralities and ideological divisions are made manifest through public denunciation and rituals of purification, The Human Stain concludes Philip Roth's eloquent trilogy of postwar American lives that are as tragically determined by the nation's fate as by the "human stain" that so ineradicably marks human nature. This harrowing, deeply compassionate, and completely absorbing novel is a magnificent successor to his Vietnam-era novel, American Pastoral, and his McCarthy-era novel, I Married a Communist.


How I Stopped Being a Jew

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Shlomo Sand was born in 1946, in a displaced person’s camp in Austria, to Jewish parents; the family later migrated to Palestine. As a young man, Sand ca ...

  • L'auteur : Shlomo Sand
  • Editeur: Verso Books
  • ISBN: 1781686157
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Nombre de pages: 128
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Shlomo Sand was born in 1946, in a displaced person’s camp in Austria, to Jewish parents; the family later migrated to Palestine. As a young man, Sand came to question his Jewish identity, even that of a “secular Jew.” With this meditative and thoughtful mixture of essay and personal recollection, he articulates the problems at the center of modern Jewish identity. How I Stopped Being a Jew discusses the negative effects of the Israeli exploitation of the “chosen people” myth and its “holocaust industry.” Sand criticizes the fact that, in the current context, what “Jewish” means is, above all, not being Arab and reflects on the possibility of a secular, non-exclusive Israeli identity, beyond the legends of Zionism.


The Metamorphosis (Legend Classics)

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Part of the Legend Classics seriesAs Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.The M ...

  • L'auteur : Franz Kafka,David Wyllie
  • Editeur: Legend Press
  • ISBN: 1787198987
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 76
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: Part of the Legend Classics seriesAs Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.The Metamorphosis - the masterpiece of Franz Kafka - was first published in 1915 and is one of the seminal works of fiction of the twentieth century. The novel is cited as a key influence for many of today’s leading authors; as Auden wrote: "Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man".Traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, wakes to find himself transformed into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Gregor's transformation is never revealed, and as he attempts to adjust to his new condition he becomes a burden to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become.A harrowing, yet strangely comic, meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosishas taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction.The Legend Classics series:Around the World in Eighty DaysThe Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Importance of Being EarnestAlice's Adventures in WonderlandThe MetamorphosisThe Railway ChildrenThe Hound of the BaskervillesFrankensteinWuthering HeightsThree Men in a BoatThe Time MachineLittle WomenAnne of Green GablesThe Jungle BookThe Yellow Wallpaper and Other StoriesDraculaA Study in ScarletLeaves of GrassThe Secret GardenThe War of the WorldsA Christmas CarolStrange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeHeart of DarknessThe Scarlet LetterThis Side of ParadiseOliver TwistThe Picture of Dorian GrayTreasure IslandThe Turn of the ScrewThe Adventures of Tom SawyerEmmaThe TrialA Selection of Short Stories by Edgar Allen PoeGrimm Fairy Tales


The Kindly Ones

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“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 ...

  • L'auteur : Jonathan Littell
  • Editeur: Emblem Editions
  • ISBN: 1551993643
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 992
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: “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.


The Courilof Affair

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In 1903 Léon M–a devout terrorist–is given the responsibility by the Revolutionary Committee of publicly “liquidating” Valerian Alexandrovitch Cou ...

  • L'auteur : Irene Nemirovsky
  • Editeur: Vintage Canada
  • ISBN: 0307370690
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Nombre de pages: 256
  • Langue: French/English
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Détails: In 1903 Léon M–a devout terrorist–is given the responsibility by the Revolutionary Committee of publicly “liquidating” Valerian Alexandrovitch Courilof, a notoriously brutal and cold-blooded minister. Posing as his newly appointed personal physician, Léon M is made privy to the inner world of Courilof–his failing health, his troubled domestic situation and, most importantly, the tyrannical grip that the Czar himself holds over all his ministers, forcing them to obey him or suffer the most deadly punishments. Set in Kiev and St. Petersburg, The Courilof Affair, the story of one man’s inquisition during the Bolshevik Revolution, is both an elegy to a world lost and an unsparing observation of human motives and behaviour during a period of radical upheaval in European history.


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