Lauréat du prix Raymond Devos Où est Caen" Un cimetière, c'est plein d'amour en retard. Je le sais parce que c'est là que j'ai appris que ma mère, elle aimait mon père. Même elle, ça se trouve, c'est là qu'elle l'a appris. Mon père, il était marin et il s'est noyé quand j'avais huit ans, mais on l'a jamais retrouvé. Quand on me l'a appris, j'ai rempli un verre d'eau salée et je l'ai laissé fondre au soleil. Y a pas de petite vengeance. Quand j'étais petite petite, je pleurais en fermant mes poings dans mes yeux comme pour frapper des images qu'avaient rien à faire là. Je pleure plus comme ça maintenant, mais je pleure toujours. Mon problème, c'est que quand je pense à la mer, je pleure, et que quand je pleure, je pense à la mer. Moi je crois que c'est pas un hasard si ça a le même goût. "
Plaidoyer poétique et surréaliste pour les figures du fou et de l'enfant, ce petit conte philosophique fragmenté est une ode autant qu'une critique aux débordements (in)contrôlés de l'imagination.
Qui est donc ce mystérieux street artist qui signe D.O.W. et aide la police à combattre le crime ? Le jeune médecin Alexandra Bariankoff, alias Sasha, va croiser sa route par hasard lors d'une intervention chez un célèbre tatoueur, Aliocha, prisé de la jet set internationale autant que de la mafia russe. Aliocha va entraîner la jeune femme au coeur d'une terrible vengeance. De révélations en rebondissements, de manigances en trahisons, la mise en scène musclée dynamise une intrigue à suspense où l'ombre des tsars de l'ancienne Russie plane encore sur la mafia russe moderne. Le mystérieux D.O.W. devra affronter d'impitoyables adversaires pour défendre son nom, son passé et son avenir.
Toujours à la recherche de sa soeur, Isabellae Ashiwara a pris le large, à la poursuite du bateau sur lequel est supposée se trouver Siuko. Mais, entre les dangers bien réels du présent et des fantômes de plus en plus oppressants, la jeune femme voit ses dernières certitudes s'effondrer. Il est sans doute temps que les morts le redeviennent une bonne fois pour toutes !
Japon, 1192. Sept ans après la bataille de Dan-no-ura qui ouvrit le bal de l'ère féodale. Sept années qu'Isabellae Ashiwara arpente les routes du pays en compagnie du fantôme de son père, gagnant sa vie à la pointe de son sabre. Sept années passées à rechercher sa soeur Siuko, disparue. Le temps est finalement venu pour la chasseuse de primes de se confronter à son passé et de prendre les rênes de son destin...
Si Isabellae a entamé son voyage pour retrouver sa soeur Suiko, cette quête est maintenant d'une urgence pressante. En effet, elle est la seule à pouvoir guérir Jinku, mordu par un des zombies invoqués en mer de Chine. Et la sabreuse rousse ne connaît qu'un moyen de financer rapidement ses recherches : chasser des primes ! Prête à écrire l'histoire en idéogrammes de sang, elle ignore encore que la réunion de famille aura lieu plus tôt que prévu...
Changement de décor total pour la sabreuse rouquine ! A présent qu'une Suiko mourante a révélé à Isabellae la véritable nature de leur destin familial, l'épéiste a fait voile vers la terre originelle, l'Irlande. Ses parents celtes lui réservent un excellent accueil : en effet, quoi de mieux qu'une combattante émérite à l'heure où tous les peuples s'affrontent pour le contrôle de l'île ? Mais rien n'aurait pu la préparer à l'ennemi qui dort sous le tombeau de 500 rois...
La bataille entre les dieux et les mortels touche à sa fin.
Avant l'aube, le destin de tous sera scellé sur la colline Tara.
Dans l'ardeur du combat, Isabellae a donné sa propre vie pour la liberté des Celtes, et ses amis s'apprêtent à sacrifier la leur.
Sang, courage et magie ancestrale sont réunis pour la plus épique et la plus décisive nuit de tous les temps !
Un ange peut aussi avoir ses démonsSan Diego, 1988. John Angel est l'exemple parfait du « self made man » à l'américaine. Ce simple chauffeur de taxi d'origine hongroise a gravi les échelons pour devenir l'un des entrepreneurs les plus en vogue du monde libre. Mais alors qu'il avait tout, Angel décide de retourner au pays enterrer de vieux démons. Des démons datant de l'époque où il s'appelait encore Jancsi Angyal ; où il était une autre légende. Celle qui, aux côtés de nombreux camarades tombés au combat, écrivit la révolution de Budapest de 1956.L'insurrection de Budapest de 1956 fit plus de 3 000 morts et provoqua la fuite de 200 000 réfugiés hongrois. Par cette fiction inspirée de faits réels, les auteurs nous transportent avec force dans cet épisode charnière de l'histoire d'Europe centrale.
Isabellae s'apprête à livrer bataille aux côtés de ses parents celtes. Face à eux, ce ne sont pas les Normands qui apparaissent, mais des monstres par centaines, tout droit sortis de terre : les dieux Formoires, ces premiers habitants de l'île d'Émeraude, qui y ont semé la terreur pendant des siècles avant d'être renvoyés d'où ils venaient. Les Celtes vont devoir choisir : esclave des Normands, vassaux des dieux ou... hommes libres.
Une personne peut-elle réellement mourir de solitude? Y a-t-il un lien entre la capacité à exprimer des émotions et la maladie d'Alzheimer? Les gens ayant une certaine personnalité sont-ils prédisposés à développer un cancer? En somme, le stress et les émotions peuvent-ils contribuer à l'apparition de diverses maladies?
S'appuyant sur des décennies de pratique de la médecine, l'auteur résume les découvertes scientifiques et explique l'effet du lien entre le corps et l'esprit sur la santé. Si la médecine occidentale obtient des résultats spectaculaires lorsqu'elle traite des problèmes comme des fractures ou des infections, elle est cependant moins efficace lorsqu'il s'agit de troubles qui ne répondent pas à des interventions rapides comme la chirurgie ou l'administration d'un médicament. Gabor Maté soutient que la maladie est souvent le moyen dont l'organisme dispose pour se rebeller contre ce que l'esprit ne reconnaît pas. Selon lui, la connaissance du mécanisme de cette relation causale est essentielle à la guérison. Il démythifie la médecine avec érudition et compassion, et nous invite tous à défendre notre propre santé!
Comment l'authenticité et la vraisemblance historiques sont-elles construites ? Dans cet essai, qui introduit un nouveau domaine scientifique, la sociologie du cinéma historique, l'auteur étudie les stratégies tant sociales qu'esthétiques visant à faire adhérer le public aux nécessaires anachronismes. Du péplum aux films sur l'Holocauste, de Jules et Jim à Lacombe Lucien, c'est une nouvelle analyse cinématographique qui se développe dans cet ouvrage.
In vivo explore des questions fondamentales et des moments cruciaux de l'existence humaine - l'entrée en interaction avec une culture étrangère, la décision de se sortir d'une condition de vie routinière ou malheureuse, une action généreuse posée dans un contexte quotidien ordinaire - en fonction de leur potentiel de transformation de l'existence. En recourant à des illustrations tirées de la vie réelle et d'oeuvres de fiction, Gabor Csepregi révèle le rôle primordial des sentiments personnels dans le façonnement de la vie humaine et démontre le pouvoir formateur de la spontanéité en dehors du contexte traditionnel de l'éducation formelle. Ces moments, et notamment la façon dont ils perturbent l'ordre temporel ordinaire constituent des expériences vécues de notre vitalité.
«?Recourant à un langage clair et précis, In vivo captivera les philosophes et les intellectuels. Csepregi engage un dialogue entre diverses traditions, faisant appel aux meilleurs courants de plusieurs philosophies pour développer un point de vue unique?».
Gaëlle Fiasse, Université McGill
Eager to present their cultural assets, most nations in Eastern Europe, while ruled by foreign empires, were setting up museums from the 19th century on. With many of them attaining national sovereignty in the 20th century only, the museum expansion in this region has been taking new twists and turns to date. Much of this development has relied on private initiatives, even under Communism when defiant cohorts of the suppressed civil society helped art patronage survive. By spanning two-hundred years and integrating numerous case studies, this volume examines public institutions and private collections in their historical progress and in a coherent, unified approach, as equal pillars of national heritage as much as of contemporary art.
International authority on child development Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., joins forces with bestselling author Gabor Maté, M.D., to tackle one of the most disturbing trends of our time: Children today looking to their peers for direction--their values, identity, and codes of behavior. This “peer orientation” undermines family cohesion, interferes with healthy development, and fosters a hostile and sexualized youth culture. Children end up becoming overly conformist, desensitized, and alienated, and being “cool” matters more to them than anything else.
Hold On to Your Kids explains the causes of this crucial breakdown of parental influence--and demonstrates ways to “reattach” to sons and daughters, establish the proper hierarchy in the home, make kids feel safe and understood, and earn back your children’s loyalty and love. This updated edition also specifically addresses the unprecedented parenting challenges posed by the rise of digital devices and social media. By helping to reawaken instincts innate to us all, Neufeld and Maté will empower parents to be what nature intended: a true source of contact, security, and warmth for their children.
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s much about "speaking in public" as it is about "public speaking, " Talking with Confidence for the Painfully Shy can help even the most shy person speak up and speak out in any business or social situation.
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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) has quickly become a controversial topic in recent years. Whereas other books on the subject describe the condition as inherited, Dr. Gabor Maté believes that our social and emotional environments play a key role in both the cause of and cure for this condition. In Scattered, he describes the painful realities of ADD and its effect on children as well as on career and social paths in adults. While acknowledging that genetics may indeed play a part in predisposing a person toward ADD, Dr. Maté moves beyond that to focus on the things we can control: changes in environment, family dynamics, and parenting choices. He draws heavily on his own experience with the disorder, as both an ADD sufferer and the parent of three diagnosed children. Providing a thorough overview of ADD and its treatments, Scattered is essential and life-changing reading for the millions of ADD sufferers in North America today.
"Americans interested in history need to make the pilgrimage to Gettysburg," writes Gabor Boritt in the Acknowledgments. In this book seven historians make that journey, five of them Pulitzer laureates, looking for Lincoln. Kenneth Stampp explores the issue of national self-determination, comparing the South's struggle for independence to others in history (including the post-Soviets in eastern Europe). Arthur Schlessinger, Jr. offers a provocative comparison of how Lincoln and our other outstanding war president, FDR, went beyond the limits of the Constitution--and why. David Brion Davis focuses on the moment of emancipation. Boritt traces Lincoln's transition from a strident war opponent as a young man to resolute war leader as president. Carl Degler compares the American attempt at national unification with the unifications of Italy, Germany, and other nations. Robert Bruce contrasts premonitions of civil war with Lincoln's reluctance to accept war as a possibility. And James McPherson establishes once and for all the war president's brilliance as a national strategist. These outstanding essays--all but one published here for the first time--offer a new understanding of a revolutionary epoch in American history, and of the role of the leader who helped transform the nation forever.
After the Civil War, someone asked General Pickett why the Battle of Gettysburg had been lost: Was it Lee's error in taking the offensive, the tardiness of Ewell and Early, or Longstreet's hesitation in attacking? Pickett scratched his head and replied, "I've always thought the Yankees had something to do with it." This simple fact, writes James McPherson, has escaped a generation of historians who have looked to faulty morale, population, economics, and dissent as the causes of Confederate failure. These were all factors, he writes, but the Civil War was still a war--won by the Union army through key victories at key moments.
With this brilliant review of how historians have explained the Southern defeat, McPherson opens a fascinating account by several leading historians of how the Union broke the Confederate rebellion. In every chapter, the military struggle takes center stage, as the authors reveal how battlefield decisions shaped the very forces that many scholars (putting the cart before the horse) claim determined the outcome of the war. Archer Jones examines the strategy of the two sides, showing how each had to match its military planning to political necessity. Lee raided north of the Potomac with one eye on European recognition and the other on Northern public opinion--but his inevitable retreats looked like failure to the Southern public. The North, however, developed a strategy of deep raids that was extremely effective because it served a valuable political as well as military purpose, shattering Southern morale by tearing up the interior. Gary Gallagher takes a hard look at the role of generals, narrowing his focus to the crucial triumvirate of Lee, Grant, and Sherman, who towered above the others. Lee's aggressiveness may have been costly, but he well knew the political impact of his spectacular victories; Grant and Sherman, meanwhile, were the first Union generals to fully harness Northern resources and carry out coordinated campaigns. Reid Mitchell shows how the Union's advantage in numbers was enhanced by a dedication and perseverance of federal troops that was not matched by the Confederates after their home front began to collapse. And Joseph Glatthaar examines black troops, whose role is entering the realm of national myth.
In 1960, there appeared a collection of essays by major historians, entitled Why the North Won the Civil War, edited by David Donald; it is now in its twenty-sixth printing, having sold well over 100,000 copies. Why the Confederacy Lost provides a parallel volume, written by today's leading authorities. Provocatively argued and engagingly written, this work reminds us that the hard-won triumph of the North was far from inevitable.
From the moment the battle ended, Gettysburg was hailed as one of the greatest triumphs of the Union army. Celebrations erupted across the North as a grateful people cheered the victory. But Gabor Boritt turns our attention away from the rejoicing millions to the dark mood of the White House--where Lincoln cried in frustration as General Meade let the largest Confederate army escape safely into Virginia. Such unexpected portraits abound in Lincoln's Generals, as a team of distinguished historians probes beyond the popular anecdotes and conventional wisdom to offer a fascinating look at Lincoln's relationship with his commanders.
In Lincoln's Generals, Boritt and his fellow contributors examine the interaction between the president and five key generals: McClellan, Hooker, Meade, Sherman, and Grant. In each chapter, the authors provide new insight into this mixed bag of officers and the president's tireless efforts to work with them. Even Lincoln's choice of generals was not as ill-starred as we think, writes Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark E. Neely, Jr.: compared to most Victorian-era heads of state, he had a fine record of selecting commanders (for example, the contemporary British gave us such bywords for incompetence as "the charge of the Light Brigade," while Napoleon III managed to lose the entire French army). But the president's relationship with his generals was never easy. In these pages, Stephen Sears underscores McClellan's perverse obstinancy as Lincoln tried everything to drive him ahead. Neely sheds new light on the president's relationship with Hooker, arguing that he was wrong to push the general to attack at Chancellorsville. Boritt writes about Lincoln's prickly relationship with the victor of Gettysburg, "old snapping turtle" George Meade. Michael Fellman reveals the political stress between the White House and William T. Sherman, a staunch conservative who did not want blacks in his army but who was crucial to the war effort. And John Y. Simon looks past the legendary camaraderie between Lincoln and Grant to reveal the tensions in their relationship.
Perhaps no other episode has been more pivotal in the nation's history than the Civil War--and yet so much of these massive events turned on a few distinctive personalities. Lincoln's Generals is a brilliant portrait that takes us inside the individual relationships that shaped the course of our most costly war.
In the early morning of April 12, 1861, Captain George S. James ordered the bombardment of Fort Sumter, beginning a war that would last four horrific years and claim a staggering number of lives. Since that fateful day, the debate over the causes of the American Civil War has never ceased. What events were instrumental in bringing it about? How did individuals and institutions function? What did Northerners and Southerners believe in the decades of strife preceding the war? What steps did they take to avoid war? Indeed, was the great armed conflict avoidable at all?
Why the Civil War Came brings a talented chorus of voices together to recapture the feel of a very different time and place, helping the reader to grasp more fully the commencement of our bloodiest war. From William W. Freehling's discussion of the peculiarities of North American slavery to Charles Royster's disturbing piece on the combatants' savage readiness to fight, the contributors bring to life the climate of a country on the brink of disaster. Mark Summers, for instance, depicts the tragically jubilant first weeks of Northern recruitment, when Americans on both sides were as yet unaware of the hellish slaughter that awaited them. Glenna Matthews underscores the important war-catalyzing role played by extraordinary public women, who proved that neither side of the Mason-Dixon line was as patriarchal as is thought. David Blight reveals an African-American world that "knew what time it was," and welcomed war. And Gabor Boritt examines the struggle's central figure, Lincoln himself, illuminating in the years leading up to the war a blindness on the future president's part, an unwillingness to confront the looming calamity that was about to smash the nation asunder.
William E. Gienapp notes perhaps the most unsettling fact about the Civil War, that democratic institutions could not resolve the slavery issue without resorting to violence on an epic scale. With gripping detail, Why the Civil War Came takes readers back to a country fraught with bitterness, confusion, and hatred--a country ripe for a war of unprecedented bloodshed--to show why democracy failed, and violence reigned.
Gabor Boritt has invited nine leading authorities to shed new light on the greatest battle in our history, focusing in particular on the unknown, the controversial, and what might have been. What did the battle do to the people of Gettysburg? What is behind the rise of Joshua Chamberlain to the status of the Hero of the Battle? How did the common soldiers influence the battle? Readers are treated to a fresh account of Pickett's Charge from the rarely-described perspective of the Union soldiers, and to careful new analyses of the battlefield actions of General Ewell and General Daniel Sickles. And throughout the volume, there is much vivid writing, such as a stirring account of the moment when General Winfield Scott Hancock ordered the First Minnesota to "take those colors," sending the Minnesotans into a struggle that would cost most of them their lives but would help save the day for the Union.
Offering the insights of America's eminent Civil War scholars, The Gettysburg Nobody Knows provides a marvelously informative reconsideration of this epic event.
Confederate General P.G.T.Beauregard once wrote that "no people ever warred for independence with more relative advantages than the Confederates." If there was any doubt as to what Beauregard sought to imply, he later to chose to spell it out: the failure of the Confederacy lay with the Confederate president Jefferson Davis. In Jefferson Davis' Generals, a team of the nation's most distinguished Civil War historians present fascinating examinations of the men who led the Confederacy through our nation's bloodiest conflict, focusing in particular on Jefferson Davis' relationships with five key generals who held independent commands: Joseph E. Johnston, Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard, Braxton Bragg, and John Bell Hood. Craig Symonds examines the underlying implications of a withering trust between Johnston and his friend Jefferson Davis. And was there really harmony between Davis and Robert E. Lee? A tenuous harmony at best, according to Emory Thomas. Michael Parrish explores how Beauregard and Davis worked through a deep and mutual loathing, while Steven E. Woodworth and Herman Hattaway make contrasting evaluations of the competence of Generals Braxton Bragg and John Bell Hood. Taking a different angle on Davis' ill-fated commanders, Lesley Gordon probes the private side of war through the roles of the generals' wives, and Harold Holzer investigates public perceptions of the Confederate leadership through printed images created by artists of the day. Pulitzer Prize-winner James M. McPherson's final chapter ties the individual essays together and offers a new perspective on Confederate strategy as a whole. Jefferson Davis' Generals provides stimulating new insights into one of the most vociferously debated topics in Civil War history.
Americans have always defined themselves in terms of their freedoms--of speech, of religion, of political dissent. How we interpret our history of slavery--the ultimate denial of these freedoms--deeply affects how we understand the very fabric of our democracy.
This extraordinary collection of essays by some of America's top historians focuses on how African Americans resisted slavery and how they responded when finally free. Ira Berlin sets the stage by stressing the relationship between how we understand slavery and how we discuss race today. The remaining essays offer a richly textured examination of all aspects of slavery in America. John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger recount actual cases of runaway slaves, their motivations for escape and the strains this widespread phenomenon put on white slave-owners. Scott Hancock explores how free black Northerners created a proud African American identity out of the oral history of slavery in the south. Edward L. Ayers, William G. Thomas III, and Anne Sarah Rubin draw upon their remarkable Valley of the Shadow website to describe the wartime experiences of African Americans living on both borders of the Mason-Dixon line. Noah Andre Trudeau turns our attention to the war itself, examining the military experience of the only all-black division in the Army of the Potomac. And Eric Foner gives us a new look at how black leaders performed during the Reconstruction, revealing that they were far more successful than is commonly acknowledged--indeed, they represented, for a time, the fulfillment of the American ideal that all people could aspire to political office.
Wide-ranging, authoritative, and filled with invaluable historical insight, Slavery, Resistance, Freedom brings a host of powerful voices to America's evolving conversation about race.
The Civil War and the World War II stand as the two great cataclysms of American history. They were our two costliest wars, with well over a million casualties suffered in each. And they were transforming moments in our history as well, times when the life of the nation and the great experiment in democracy--government of the people, by the people, for the people--seemed to hang in the balance. Now, in War Comes Again, eleven eminent historians--including three Pulitzer Prize winners, all veterans of the Second World War--offer an illuminating comparison of these two epic events in our national life.
The range of essays here is remarkable, the level of insight consistently high, and the quality of the writing is superb. For instance, Stephen Ambrose, the bestselling author of D-Day, June 6th, 1944, offers an intriguing comparison of the two great military leaders of each war--Grant and Eisenhower. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Robert V. Bruce takes a revealing look at the events that foreshadowed the two wars. Gerald Linderman, author of Embattled Courage, examines the two wars from the point of view of the combat soldier. And Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., describes how both Lincoln and FDR went around strict observance of the Constitution in order to preserve the Constitution. There is, in addition, a fascinating discussion of the crucial role played by spying during the two wars, by Peter Maslowski; a look at the diplomacy of Lincoln and Roosevelt, by Howard Jones; and essays on the impact of the wars on women and on African Americans, by D'Ann Campbell, Richard Jensen, and Ira Berlin. In perhaps the most gripping piece in the book, Michael C.C. Adams offers an unflinching look at war's destructiveness, as he argues that the evils we associate with "bad wars" (such as Vietnam) are equally true of "good wars." And finally, in perhaps the most provocative essay in the book, Russell Weigley, one of America's most eminent military historians, maps the evolution of American attitudes toward war to our present belief that the only acceptable war is one that is short, inexpensive, and certain of victory. Would any great commander, Weigley asks, would a Lee or a Grant or a Marshall, refuse to fight unless he knew he couldn't lose? "Is not a willingness to run risks for the sake of cherished values and interests close to the heart of what defines greatness in a human being or in a nation?"
Another Pulitzer winner and World War II veteran, Don E. Fehrenbacher, concludes War Comes Again with a very personal look at two common soldiers who have no monuments, who have not been mentioned in previous histories, but who point at the essence of these two wars and are "embedded in the very structure of the enduring nation and the world we live in."