• Leonard Cohen inspire un respect rarement réservé à un artiste encore vivant. Et alors qu'il continue de créer une musique hors du temps, Liel Leibovitz invente un nouvel art de la biographie. De "Suzanne" à "Everybody Knows", il livre les sources d'inspiration du chanteur et recompose le puzzle d'une vie spirituelle, dans une véritable biographie philosophique. Du judaïsme au bouddhisme, de la poésie canadienne au rock'n'roll, il nous plonge dans une quête de sens et décrit la manière dont Cohen est devenu une star jamais égalée, mais aussi un véritable prophète. Reclus sur l'île d'Hydra avant de se consacrer au bouddhisme, Cohen échappe au cliché de la rock star. Mêlant anecdotes, analyse et contexte, ce portrait parvient à émouvoir, ce dont Leonard Cohen himself a convenu.

  • Montréal


    • Ulysse
    • 9 Novembre 2017

    Le Guide Ulysse Montréal est le guide de voyage le plus complet pour vivre Montréal intensément et faire les meilleures trouvailles d'attraits, restos, bars, hébergement, sorties, spectacles.
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  • Though both parents were alive, Richard and his four brothers lived in an orphanage for five years! It was in 1959, five floors of dormitories at fifty children a floor, with nuns' cells on each floor. Richard recalls that, "as in all concentration-camp systems, daily life is dull and repetitive." Some get up, make their beds, say their prayers, while others line up for the strap. It's just routine. Sometimes for some people it's fun, or at least tolerable. For others, it is unbearable. But this tale does not settle old scores or vent bitterness. It will have you laughing and crying. It is simply the short and moving story of how Richard began the rest of his life.

  • Professor Paul-André Linteau tells the fascinating story of Montreal from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century, from the Iroquoian community of Hochelaga to the bustling economic metropolis that Montreal has become. He delves into the social, economic, political, and cultural forces and trends that have driven Montreal's development as well as the difficult periods it has lived through. Outlining the diverse ethnic and cultural origins of the city and its strategic geographical position, he shows how a small missionary colony founded in 1642 developed into a leading economic city and cultural center, the thriving cosmopolitan hub of French-speaking North America.

  • In the 1960s, for at least a brief moment, Montreal became what seemed an unlikely centre of Black Power and the Caribbean left. In October 1968 the Congress of Black Writers at McGill University brought together well-known Black thinkers and activists from Canada, the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean—people like C.L.R. James, Stokely Carmichael, Miriam Makeba, Rocky Jones, and Walter Rodney. Within months of the Congress, a Black-led protest at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) exploded on the front pages of newspapers across the country—raising state security fears about Montreal as the new hotbed of international Black radical politics.

  • Montreal hosted the Confederacy's largest foreign secret service base during the Civil War. Montreal banks and other Canadian financial institutions held a million dollars or more in hard currency or gold to fund clandestine activities. When Jefferson Davis fled the U.S. in 1865, Montreal welcomed him and his family. Overrun with refugees, soldiers of fortune, spies, assassins, bankers and smugglers, Montreal was a pro "Secesh" town.

    From the city's grand hotels, plots of all sorts were hatched, including the infamous St. Albans raid and the Lincoln kidnapping, which mutated into an assassination. Influential British-Canadian bankers joined Confederates as they launched a successful assault on the new "Greenback." When John Wilkes Booth was shot, a bank draft signed by Montreal banker and future mayor Henry Starnes was found in his coat pocket.

    Surprises are not limited to the Confederacy. The level of corruption in the Northern war effort, as suggested by the names registered at the St. Lawrence Hall-Montreal's finest hotel-is breathtaking. Opposition to Lincoln from both parties ran deeper than is generally acknowledged.

    Based on original archival research and his previous books on the Civil War, Barry Sheehy challenges core tenets of the American Civil War narrative. Moreover, his case is greatly reinforced by the many photos taken by internationally celebrated photographer William Notman. A number of these photos have never been published before.

    "Barry Sheehy lays out the case for the involvement of the Confederates in a concise and convincing manner showing once and for all that Booth could not have carried out his plot without their direct help. It is about time." - Edward Steers

    "Well-researched, with detailed endnotes and ample black-and-white period photography, the book is a real eye-opener for those who think Canada sat idly by during America's bloodiest conflict." Canada's History

    "Sheehy has made an important contribution to our understanding of the American Civil War and how Canada was both involved in and shaped by it." John Boyko, author of the bestseller Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation

  • Tabitha is thrilled to be attending a summer forensics camp, even if she has to go with her sort-of friend Mason. Soon she is learning to dust for fingerprints, photograph a crime scene and take footprint impressions. Even though the camp instructors have set up a "crime" for the kids to solve, Tabitha longs to use her newfound skills to solve a real-life mystery. She's pretty sure a dognapping ring is active in her Montreal neighborhood, and when her beloved dog, Roxie, is stolen, she convinces her forensics "team" to help her find Roxie and nab the 'nappers.

  • Matt, a white quarterback from Montreal, Quebec, flies to France (without his parents' permission) to play football and escape family pressure. Freeman, a black football player from San Antonio, Texas, is in Paris on a school trip when he hears about a team playing American football in a rough, low-income suburb called Villeneuve-La-Grande. Matt and Free join the Diables Rouges and make friends with the other players, who come from many different ethnic groups. Racial tension erupts into riots in Villeneuve when some of their Muslim teammates get in trouble with the police, and Matt and Free have to decide whether to get involved and face the very real risk of arrest and violence.

  • Jordie's cousin Todd has moved back to Montreal and is attending Jordie's high school. Todd has autism and requires an aide. Todd has not been welcomed in the school. He's known as a freak, and even other parents seem to resent Todd's special needs. Jordie does everything he can to distance himself from his cousin, fearful of what his friends might think. When he learns that Todd's whole family is buckling under the pressure of a hateful letter, Jordie starts to question his own behavior. But Todd's resources are unique, and he soon finds a way to prove his worth to his peers and to the community at large. Inspired by real-life events, Hate Mail examines the transformative power of speaking out against prejudice.

  • On his sixteenth birthday Phillipe Chabot is told that his brother-in-law has hired him to be a voyageur. He will be paddling west from Montreal to Grade Portage to trade supplies with the Indians for furs. He is overjoyed and receives all the appropriate clothing from his family as birthday gifts, even a tobacco pouch. As the loaded canoe brigade gets ready to leave, his cousin, Jeanne, accepts the proposal of marriage yelled at her by the clerk who is going along to keep track of the trading. Unfortunately, disaster strikes the brigade as the men paddle the rivers, make their portages, and get onto the sometimes violent and unforgiving Lake Superior. In Montreal, the city is ravished by a fire and death is everywhere.

  • Escape Plans

    Teri Vlassopoulos

    My father drowned in the Aegean Sea, fifty nautical miles northeast of the port of Piraeus. When it happened, my mother and I were at home in Toronto. It was early evening in Greece, afternoon for us, and I was at school when she found out.
    Niko Kiriakos, tentative heir to the ailing Calypso Shipping fleet, always suspected he was cursed. Following his sudden disappearance, his wife, Anna, and daughter, Zoe, are left adrift. Unmoored, they begin to test the boundaries of their lives, struggling with issues of loyalty, identity and what it means to be a family. Spanning years and tracing a route from Niagara Falls to Greece, Escape Plans is an unblinking look at the ties that bind us together and the things that pull us apart.
    "Vlassopoulos has found a way to carry over the wide-eyed curiosity and innate goodness of childhood into the mysterious, often sad, often tragic world of adulthood."-Montreal Review of Books

  • Born in the Ukraine in 1896, and settling in Montreal in 1910, Segal became one of the first Yiddish writers in Canada. His poetry, infused with lyricism and mysticism, along with the numerous essays and articles he penned, embodied both a rich literary tradition and the modernism of his day.

    Pierre Anctil has written so much more than a biography. For the first time, Segal's poetic production is referenced, translated and rigorously analyzed, and includes over 100 pages of appendices, shedding light on the artistic, spiritual, cultural and historical importance of his oeuvre. By introducing the reader to the poet's work through previously unpublished translations, Anctil demonstrates that in many respects it reflects the history of the Jewish immigrants who arrived in North America from Russia, the Ukraine and Poland at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as the tragic experiences of Jewish intellectual refugees of the interwar period.

    This admirably written, sweeping yet subtle, work will appeal both to scholars and to a broader audience. 

    The original French version was awarded the prestigious 2014 Canada Prize in the Humanities by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.Né en Ukraine en 1896, J. I. Segal arrive à Montréal en 1910 et allait devenir un des premiers écrivains yiddish au Canada. Sa poésie lyrique et mystique, de même que les nombreux essais et articles qu'il a signés, incarnent à la fois une riche tradition littéraire et le modernisme de son temps. 

    Pierre Anctil a écrit bien plus qu'une biographie. Pour la première fois, la production poétique de Segal est référencée, traduite et analysée de manière rigoureuse. Elle est accompagnée de plus de 100 pages d'appendices qui jettent la lumière sur l'importance artistique, spirituelle, culturelle et historique de son oeuvre. En initiant le lecteur à l'oeuvre du poète grâce à des traductions inédites, Anctil montre qu'à plusieurs égards, Segal est le reflet de l'histoire des immigrants juifs arrivés en Amérique du Nord depuis la Russie, l'Ukraine et la Pologne au début du XXe siècle, de même que des expériences tragiques des intellectuels juifs réfugiés d'entre-deux-guerres. 

    Cet essai admirablement bien écrit, ambitieux et pourtant tout en nuances, plaira tant aux chercheurs qu'à un plus grand public.

    La version originale française (Presses de l'Université Laval) a reçu le prestigieux Prix du Canada en sciences humaines remis par la Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines.

  • The region is back in town. Galloping urbanization has pushed beyond historical notions of metropolitanism. City-regions have experienced, in Edward Soja's terms, "an epochal shift in the nature of the city and the urbanization process, marking the beginning of the end of the modern metropolis as we knew it."
    Governing Cities Through Regions broadens and deepens our understanding of metropolitan governance through an innovative comparative project that engages with Anglo-American, French, and German literatures on the subject of regional governance. It expands the comparative angle from issues of economic competiveness and social cohesion to topical and relevant fields such as housing and transportation, and it expands comparative work on municipal governance to the regional scale.
    With contributions from established and emerging international scholars of urban and regional governance, the volume covers conceptual topics and case studies that contrast the experience of a range of Canadian metropolitan regions with a strong selection of European regions. It starts from assumptions of limited conversion among regions across the Atlantic but is keenly aware of the remarkable differences in urban regions' path dependencies in which the larger processes of globalization and neo-liberalization are situated and materialized.

  • Fog, A Novel

    Rana Bose

    A small plane was blown up in an act of sabotage several years ago over Eastern Quebec, Canada. All the passengers and crew were killed. The incident was quickly analyzed and termed a mechanical failure. The case was declared cold, in a rush. What intrigue and what unseen, powerful forces could hush up such a catastrophic incident?

    A young actor from Montreal dies in Afghanistan. Killed by a missile from a drone. His death opens up wounds and discussions that are not in the public domain. These two seemingly disparate events form the backbone of a compelling contemporary thriller, set in the Main district of Montreal and in the blue-green mountains of Kandahar.

    Three friends-an eccentric dancer with a destructive split personality, an actor and tragic neighborhood hero who climbs out of the hood and destroys all existing notions about him, and the narrator, a non-descript follower who changes his life dramatically and takes control after a brutal assault-work together to de-freeze the cold case and burn up the fog. What does it take to clear the pall of complex emotions, the unresolved local and personal conflicts and the intricate remembrances of various communities in a fabled neighborhood?

    Rana Bose is an author, playwright, poet, and dramaturge. Fog is Bose's third novel. He has written and staged eleven plays that have been performed in many cities. He is the founding editor of Montreal Serai. Born and raised in Kolkata (Calcutta), Rana Bose completed his engineering studies at Washington University, and has lived in Montreal since the 1970s.


    "... suspenseful, conflicting, mysterious and hard to put down. (...) A literate mystery/thriller set in Montreal (on "the Main") with side trips to Calcutta and Kandahar, this is a superbly written book about a neighbourhood, friendships, justice and belonging. Highly recommended." - James Fisher, The Miramichi Reader

    "Suspenseful and sublime, Fog is a powerful novel of intrigue and love, family and friendship in which fog is a feeling `like a tenderness of the soul.' Grounded in place with exquisite detail and held aloft by an inspiring worldview, this is a story with unforgettable characters whose entanglements lead us through the magically rendered streets of Montréal and across continents in search of adventure and truth."-Cora Siré, author of Behold Things Beautiful and other books.

    "Sometimes the fog is a moist mist which beautifully frames our deepest intimacies, sometimes it is a translucent curtain drawn to mask the pain of exile and displacement, and sometimes it is an obscuring darkness where all moral movement seems impossible. But Rana Bose's characters join together to find new ways forward. They emerge from the fog by recognizing the history of "the Main" while seeing it anew."-Michael Springate, author of The Beautiful West and The Beloved of God

  • C'est aux paradis artificiels et autres substances « illicites » que se consacre le numéro du printemps de la revue Cap-aux-Diamants. Tabac, alcool, marijuana, LSD, de la Nouvelle-France aux années 1970, ce numéro propose plusieurs articles abordant un aspect ou un autre de ces substances visant à altérer les sens. Catherine Ferland propose quelques histoires autour du tabac en Nouvelle-France. Samuel Heine nous entraîne dans les fumeries d'opium et à la rencontre de la communauté sino-montréalaise au XXe siècle. Prohibition ou tempérance ? Yannick Cormier revient sur le référendum du 10 avril 1919. Guy Morin effectue un voyage dans le Québec psychédélique, et François Droüin nous informe sur la commission Le Dain qui, dans les années 1970, étudiait déjà la possibilité de décriminaliser le cannabis. Enfin, Marc-André Brouillard discute de la revue Mainmise, publiée entre 1970 et 1978, véhicule de la contre-culture québécoise de l'époque.

  • Space Between Her Lips presents the first selected works of one of Canada's most important poets of the last few decades. Margaret Christakos writes vibrant, exciting, and intellectually challenging poetry. She plays language games that bring a probing and disturbing humour to serious themes that range from childhood and children to women in contemporary techno-capitalist society to feminist literary theory, and so much more.
    Gregory Betts' introduction to the collection highlights her formal diversity and her unique combination of feminist and avant-garde affinities. He connects the geographies of her life - including Northern Ontario where she was raised, downtown Toronto where she studied with cutting-edge authors and artists like bpNichol and Michael Snow, and Montreal where she integrated with the country's leading feminist authors and thinkers - with her polyphonic experimentation. While traversing the problem of bifurcated identities, Christakos is funny at a deeply semiotic level, wickedly wry, exposing something about the way we think by examining the way we speak of it.
    In her afterword, Christakos maps out a philosophy of writing that highlights her self-consciousness of the foibles of language but also deep concern for the themes she writes about, including her career-length exploration of self-discovery, hetero-, queer and bi-sexual sexualities, motherhood, self-care, and linguistic alienation. Indeed, Margaret Christakos is a whole-body poet, writing with the materiality of language about the movement of interior thought to embodied experience in the world.

  • Pour son numéro printanier, Circuit propose un dossier sur l'art sonore justement nommé Art + son = art sonore ? « Les contributions à ce numéro vont nous guider vers une compréhension plus globale de cette appellation et ses problématiques, et nous faire mieux comprendre ce qui se passe sur le plan institutionnel quand on présente un travail artistique pluridisciplinaire comme l'art sonore. [...] Puisqu'il s'agit ici du son, mais dans un contexte plutôt dédié au visuel - le musée (ou la galerie) -, est-ce aux musicologues de juger de la valeur de ces oeuvres, ou plutôt aux historiens de l'art ? » ( Annelies Fryberger, extrait de l'introduction) Lina Dzuverovi´c, Christophe Kihm, Clément Canonne et Annelies Fryberger réfléchissent à ce qui définit l'art sonore, son institutionnalisation et son écoute. Ana Dall'Ara-Majek, elle, propose une enquête multigénérationnelle sur la vision de l'art sonore à Montréal.

  • In A Promise of Sweet Tea, a Jewish community comes alive in this vividly told story of a childhood interrupted by the Holocaust. In his wry and evocative prose, Pinchas Blitt conjures Kortelisy - a humble, vibrant village in the backwoods of western Ukraine. Young Pinchas lives in fear of Cossacks and wolves and the local antisemitic children, but he finds belonging in the rich texts and traditions of his ancestors. When the Soviets invade, Pinchas's life is infused with new meaning as he innocently devotes himself to the teachings of Comrade Stalin. Then the Nazis arrive, and Pinchas witnesses his beloved village being brutally attacked. As his family seeks safety in the marshes and forests, their precarious existence brings Pinchas face to face with his own mortality and faith, and with a sense of dislocation that will accompany him throughout his life.

  • By situating the church architecture within the cultural dynamic of Montreal, the author closes a critical gap in our understanding of those decades of the British Colonial Period (1760-1860) when church buildings and their parishioners overtly marked the urban scene.

  • 21 Days in October

    Magali Favre

    It's before dawn in Montreal on October 16, 1970. Gaétan is finishing his shift at Dominion Textile just as the Canadian government proclaims the War Measures Act following two kidnappings-the only time in history outside of the two World Wars. Police and soldiers storm the streets and make sweeping arrests, imprisoning nearly 500 Quebec citizens without charge and holding them incommunicado for up to 21 days. Recounted in as many chapters, Gaétan's experience during those dramatic days forces him to re-examine his own beliefs as his world is sucked into a maelstrom of political activity ...

    Quebec is poised for change. But is Gaétan ready?

    His friend is arrested for taking part in a union meeting, his father, for speaking out too loudly about city elections during the crisis. By chance, Gaétan meets Louise, a young college student from a different background with radical friends. Louise takes a keen interest in him.
    During this troubled time, young people will confront unrelenting factory work, unemployment, and even imprisonment, but also hope, political commitment, and first love. They come to understand the sources of revolt.

    Is this a true story? No.

    Could this have happened in Canada? Yes.

  • Norah Shariff's autobiography is likely to cause some turmoil as she takes the reader into a harsh world created by her immediate family; a world filled with obstacles preventing her from gaining precious freedom. Norah is brought up in a living nightmare, created by her father's abuse and violence, her grandparents' strict religious precepts, and an oppressive religious system. Although a victim herself, Norah is unyieldingly supportive to the point of being overprotective of her mother whose own hell on earth is filled with daily physical and psychological abuse. Over time, Norah realizes her life is slipping away and her strength of character and audacious nature are the two key elements which will eventually free her from the horrific shackles weighing her down.

  • Mother Superior

    Saleema Nawaz

    A prostitute takes shelter with a group of young anarchists. A sister goes missing, mailing a trail of encoded postcards from destinations across the globe. The daughters of a Montreal bagel-shop owner navigate the tricky terrain of being young, Sikh, and female, one growing larger while the other fades. A woman watches with lust and longing as the object of her affections, her pregnant roommate, is pursued by an unsavory suitor. And a precocious child spies on her adoptive mother, trying to grasp the secret of her mother's hidden obsession and of her own unexplained origins. The seven stories and two novellas in Mother Superior are a heady blend of misfits and mothers, of sisters and complex, mysterious others. Nawaz traces the scars left by family secrets and sings the complex, captivating language of lust and of love.A prostitute takes shelter with a group of young anarchists. A sister goes missing, mailing a trail of encoded postcards from destinations across the globe. The daughters of a Montreal bagel-shop owner navigate the tricky terrain of being young, Sikh, and female, one growing larger while the other fades. A woman watches with lust and longing as the object of her affections, her pregnant roommate, is pursued by an unsavory suitor. And a precocious child spies on her adoptive mother, trying to grasp the secret of her mother's hidden obsession and of her own unexplained origins. The seven stories and two novellas in Mother Superior are a heady blend of misfits and mothers, of sisters and complex, mysterious others. Nawaz traces the scars left by family secrets and sings the complex, captivating language of lust and of love.