Lettres à Anne (1962-1995)
Author: François Mitterrand
Publisher: Editions Gallimard
En 1962, un homme politique français de quarante-six ans rencontre à Hossegor, chez ses parents, une jeune fille de dix-neuf ans. La première lettre qu'il lui adresse le 19 octobre 1962 sera suivie de mille deux cent dix-sept autres qui se déploieront, sans jamais perdre de leur intensité, jusqu'en 1995, à la veille de sa mort. Les lettres de celui qui fut deux fois président de la République nous dévoilent des aspects totalement inconnus d'un homme profondément secret que chacun croyait connaître. Deux lettres, parmi des centaines, témoignent de la constance de cet amour. 15 novembre 1964 : "Je bénis, ma bien-aimée, ton visage où j'essaie de lire ce que sera ma vie. Je t'ai rencontrée et j'ai tout de suite deviné que j'allais partir pour un grand voyage. Là où je vais je sais au moins que tu seras toujours. Je bénis ce visage, ma lumière. Il n'y aura plus jamais de nuit absolue pour moi. La solitude de la mort sera moins solitude. Anne, mon amour." Et la correspondance prend fin le 22 septembre 1995 : "Tu m'as toujours apporté plus. Tu as été ma chance de vie. Comment ne pas t'aimer davantage?"
The President's Hat
Author: Antoine Laurain
Publisher: Gallic Books
A charming fable about the power of a hat that takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through French life during the Mitterrand years. Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him. After the presidential party has gone, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand's black felt hat has been left behind. After a few moments' soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It's a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel somehow ... different.
Il savait que je gardais tout
Author: Anne Pingeot, Jean-Noël Jeanneney
Publisher: Editions Gallimard
Coédition Gallimard / France Culture
Letters to Anne
Author: Sylvia K. Lynn
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Letters written to Anne Boomgaarden in 1937 by her fiance, Kenneth Lynn, from Ashley, North Dakota.
Betrayals And Treason
Author: Nachman Ben-yehuda
Betrayal and Treason examines betrayals as violations of both trust and loyalty. It offers a typology based on membership in or out of collectives within the contexts of secrecy/non-secrecy. The book shows that betrayals include such categories as espionage, whistle-blowing, infidelity, political turncoating, conversions, collaboration with occupying forces, informers, mutinies, defections, strike-breakers, professional, intellectual, and international betrayals, human rights violations, surveillance, assassinations, and state sponsored terror. Each one of the categories is presented with enticing, stimulating, and appropriate real-life illustrations and narratives.The book focuses on treason, examines diverse cultures (European countries, Israel, Canada, the United States) and such periods as World War II, the conquest of Mexico, and looks at such figures as Benedict Arnold, Ezra Pound, Edward VIII, Malinche, Vindkun Quisling, Lord Haw Haw, Tokyo Rose, and a host of others. Since World War II is an excellent period through which one can examine issues of treason, and since there has been such an increased interest in World War II, this book places a particular emphasis on that period and war. Betrayal and Treason is original in its conceptual framework, and in its breadth and depth of coverage. Yet judging by the amount of books published on similar topics in the past, there can hardly be a doubt that there has always been a genuine demand and "hunger" for an inclusive and integrative book such as this one. By offering a new and interpretive framework for betrayals, this book can serve both scholars and lay people alike in gaining a much better understanding of such a complex and fascinating behavior as betrayal.
Author: Anne Garreta
Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing
A landmark literary event: the first novel by a female member of Oulipo in English, a sexy genderless love story.
Author: Anne Pingeot
Publisher: Editions Scala
The Mus, e d'Orsay is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, built by Victor Laloux for the World Fair of 1900. The profuse and constantly changing light, entering via Laloux's large metal vault, shows that sculpture, rather than more light-sensitive works has been given pride of place. This book, alone of its kind, brings together 150 of the Mus, e d'Orsay's finest works. The objects are grouped together by movement, such as Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Impressionism. In addition, two of the collection's leadin lights Carpeaux and Rodin are featured individually.
Discipline & Punish
Author: Michel Foucault
In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul.
A Taste for Intrigue
Author: Philip Short
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
The man who changed the course of modern France In 1981, François Mitterrand became France's first popularly elected socialist president. By the time he completed his mandate, he had led the country for 14 years, longer than any other French head of state in modern times. Mitterrand mirrored France in all its imperfections and tragedies, its cowardice and glory, its weakness and its strength. In the wake of the Observatory affair (in which he orchestrated his own assassination attempt), his secretiveness and mistrust grew more pronounced, especially when details of a second family came to light; he was a mixture of "Machiavelli, Don Corleone, Casanova and the Little Prince," said his doctor. During the German occupation, Mitterrand hedged his bets by joining Petain's Vichy government. Later in 1943, under the nom de guerre of Morland (and 30 other aliases), Mitterrand quit Vichy for the Resistance and a paramilitary organization. He changed the ground rules of French social and political debate in ways more far-reaching and fundamental than any other modern leader before him, helping set the agenda for France and Europe for generations to come. Philip Short's A Taste for Intrigue will fill the gap and become the standard against which all other Mitterrand biographies are set.
Author: René Daumal
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
In this novel/allegory the narrator/author sets sail in the yacht Impossible to search for Mount Analogue, the geographically located, albeit hidden, peak that reaches inexorably toward heaven. Daumal's symbolic mountain represents a way to truth that "cannot not exist," and his classic allegory of man's search for himself embraces the certainty that one can know and conquer one's own reality.
More Than Human
Author: Tim Flach, Lewis Blackwell
Award-winning photographer Tim Flach has spent years inquiring into the essential bond we have with animals. Now he presents the culmination of a career-long endeavor, an extraordinary body of work in which each image is more striking and powerful than the last. Just as did Flach's highly acclaimed previous books, "Equus "and "Dogs," "More than Human "will amaze and inspire, in a constant affirmation of the animal, whether it be rare or common, powerful or defenseless, odd or majestic. The book showcases a menagerie of creatures--pandas, tigers, bats, lions, orangutans, cobras, bullfrogs, chimpanzees, wolves, porcupines, elephants, owls, armadillos, among many others--as they have never been seen before. Shedding light on Flach's images will be an accessible collection of texts, written and edited by author Lewis Blackwell. Praise for "More Than Human: " "A gallery of animal portraits that are unlike anything we've seen before." --"The Wall Street Journal" "His technique is impeccable; this is one of the most gorgeous photography books of the year. But what makes it more than a coffee-table trifle is the way Flach's images connect us--with near-tactile sensation and soulfulness--to the creatures on display." --NPR.org "Arresting portraits that express photographer Flach's 'sense of wonderment in nature.'" --"People" """Astoundingly sharp images." - The San Francisco Chronicle"" "Compelling and unexpected." --"The Denver Post" "Treat yourself to the full glory of "More Than Human," for the screen hardly does it justice." --Brain Pickings.com "A book of animal photographs guaranteed to dazzle viewers with their color, detail, clarity and, most of all, their uncanny 'humanity.'"-- BookPage
Author: Frank Moorhouse
Publisher: Random House Australia
What could he tell her now, now that he was forty and she was no longer 17? He is a failed writer turned diplomat, an anarchist learning the value of discipline. He moves in a world which takes him from the Australian wilderness to the conference rooms of Vienna and Geneva; from the whore-house to warzone he feels the pull of the genetic spiral of his ancestry. At the sharp axis of his mid-life he scans the memorabilia of his feelings in the hope of giving answers. In his first full-length novel Moorhouse presents a roving, dissatisfied man entering middle age in a house-of-mirrors portrait: fragmentary and multifaceted. Sean, a hard-drinking, hard-living Australian, has just turned 40; the other half of the title refers to a precocious schoolgirl who is one of his many liaisons. The most important of the other women who drift into and out of his life include his ex-wife Robyn, now unflinching in the face of cancer; Belle, Sean's fellow sexual adventurer; and Edith Campbell Berry, an aging iconoclast whom Sean encounters in Vienna and Israel. Forty-Seventeen is told with characteristic Moorhouse style - candid, wryly insightful and morbidly comic - and, in this resonant and acclaimed book achieves a new virtuosity.
Vivante, elle voulut être légende, et répondre au précepte de son père adoré : "Ne rien donner de soi-même, laisser les autres deviner". Mystérieuse et imprévisible, belle et discrète, elle ne cessa de dérouter, refusant de livrer ses secrets ou de dévoiler ses émotions. Elle se conduisit tantôt en héroïne de tragédie antique, tantôt en starlette de roman-photos. Sa vie mélangea le pouvoir et l'amour, le luxe et la détresse, la solitude et les mondanités. Qui était vraiment cette Jackie Kennedy qui défraya la chronique en épousant l'un des hommes les plus riches du monde après avoir été la veuve du plus populaire des présidents américains ? Grâce à de nombreux témoignages, Bertrand Meyer-Stabley jette un nouvel éclairage sur le comportement étrange de celle qui demeure l'un des grands mythes de notre siècle.
Christine de Pizan (c.1364-1430) was France's first professional woman of letters. Her pioneering Book of the City of Ladies begins when, feeling frustrated and miserable after reading a male writer's tirade against women, Christine has a dreamlike vision where three virtues - Reason, Rectitude and Justice - appear to correct this view. They instruct her to build an allegorical city in which womankind can be defended against slander, its walls and towers constructed from examples of female achievement both from her own day and the past: ranging from warriors, inventors and scholars to prophetesses, artists and saints. Christine de Pizan's spirited defence of her sex was unique for its direct confrontation of the misogyny of her day, and offers a telling insight into the position of women in medieval culture. THE CITY OF LADIES provides positive images of women, ranging from warriors and inventors, scholars to prophetesses, and artists to saints. The book also offers a fascinating insight into the debates and controversies about the position of women in medieval culture.
Author: Anna Comnena
"The Alexiad" is a spectacular narrative that illustrates the mega events during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Alexius I. Here, Comnena describes the political and military history of her country. She starts with the account of the rebellion through which her father ascended the throne. it also gives point of view of the royal family regarding the Byzantine war And The first crusades. Must Read!