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Romain Gary

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Airman, war hero, immigrant, law student, diplomat, novelist and celebrity spouse, Romain Gary had several lives thrust upon him by the history of the twentieth century, but he also aspired to lead many more. He wrote more than two dozen books and a score of short stories under several different names in two languages, English and French, neither of which was his mother tongue. Gary had a gift for narrative that endeared him to ordinary readers, but won him little respect among critics far more intellectual than he could ever be. His varied and entertaining writing career tells a different story about the making of modern literary culture from the one we are accustomed to hearing. Born Roman Kacew in Vilna (now Lithuania) in 1914 and raised by only his mother after his father left them, Gary rose to become French Consul General in Los Angeles and the only man ever to win the Goncourt Prize twice. This biography follows the many threads that lead from Gary's wartime adventures and early literary career to his years in Hollywood and his marriage to the actress Jean Seberg. It illuminates his works in all their incarnations, and culminates in the tale of his most brilliant deception: the fabrication of a complex identity for his most successful nom de plume, Émile Ajar. In his new portrait of Gary, David Bellos brings biographical research together with literary and cultural analysis to make sense of the many lives of Romain Gary - a hero fit for our times, as well as his own.


THE WILDER SHORES OF LOVE Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lesley Blanch
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ISBN: 0993092799
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Ideal reading for anyone looking for adventure and romance in unusual settings. Lesley Blanch writes about four strong women in The Wilder Shores of Love. Turning East, away from 19th Century Europe and conventional living, they found emancipation through escape and adventure. Isabel Burton married the Arabist and explorer Richard Burton; they worked together on his translation of A Thousand and One Nights; Jane Digby el-Mezrab (Lady Ellenborough, the society beauty), had four husbands and numerous lovers, including Honoré de Balzac and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. She ended up living in the Syrian desert with a young Bedouin chieftain; Aimée Dubucq de Rivery was a French convent girl who was captured at sea by pirates and became the consort of Sultan Abdul Hamid I; and Isabelle Eberhardt was a Swiss linguist who went to Algeria where she lived among tribesmen in the Sahara, converted to Islam, and dressed as a man. ANAIS NIN — “I read The Wilder Shores of Love by Lesley Blanch and became completely devoted to her writing. It is a book of great vitality, superb storytelling. She is herself Scheherazade telling about four remarkable women. I was fascinated by the charm and with which she tells biographical facts. The four women became my heroines. I read the book several times. My admiration for her was total. The Wilder Shores of Love would have made colourful and entrancing films.” CARSON McCULLERS — “The Wilder Shores of Love is a book of such radiance and strength.” FREYA STARK — “A book as excellent as its title.” WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD — “Love, wanderlust, faraway places – all that Romance implies – make up this delicious book.” NEW YORKER — “Four seething but most enjoyable studies in headlong nonconformity.” DAILY TELEGRAPH — “Enthralling to read.”

Astrée, la vie devant soi

Astrée, la vie devant soi Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Bérénice Gaymard
Editor: Fleurus
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Astrée, la vie devant soi by Bérénice Gaymard Summary

Astrée Morel a 19 ans : elle vient de louper son bac et le monde semble s’écrouler autour d’elle. Elle part alors pour l’Égypte aider dans un dispensaire. Astrée découvre un monde auquel elle ne s’attendait pas, rempli de couleurs et de parfums... Pour la première fois, elle comprend qu’elle a les moyens de prendre sa vie en main et de changer celle des autres, en mieux. Une belle leçon d’espérance au féminin.

La Vie devant soi de Romain Gary (Fiche de lecture)

La Vie devant soi de Romain Gary (Fiche de lecture) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: lePetitLittéraire,,Amélie Dewez
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La Vie devant soi de Romain Gary (Fiche de lecture) by lePetitLittéraire,,Amélie Dewez Summary

Décryptez La Vie devant soi de Romain Gary (Émile Ajar) avec l’analyse du ! Que faut-il retenir de La Vie devant soi, un des romans les plus émouvants de la littérature française moderne ? Retrouvez tout ce que vous devez savoir sur cette œuvre dans une fiche de lecture complète et détaillée. Vous trouverez notamment dans cette fiche : • Un résumé complet • Une présentation des personnages principaux tels que Momo, Madame Rosa et Monsieur Hamil • Une analyse des spécificités de l’œuvre : un roman construit autour de la "langue de Momo", un roman des origines et du devenir, et un roman d'émancipation Une analyse de référence pour comprendre rapidement le sens de l’œuvre. LE MOT DE L’ÉDITEUR : « Dans cette nouvelle édition de notre analyse de La Vie devant soi (2014), avec Amélie Dewez, nous fournissons des pistes pour décoder ce célèbre roman à l'univers drôle et triste. Notre analyse permet de faire rapidement le tour de l’œuvre et d’aller au-delà des clichés. » Stéphanie FELTEN À propos de la collection : Plébiscité tant par les passionnés de littérature que par les lycéens, LePetitLitté est considéré comme une référence en matière d’analyse d’œuvres classiques et contemporaines. Nos analyses, disponibles au format papier et numérique, ont été conçues pour guider les lecteurs à travers la littérature. Nos auteurs combinent théories, citations, anecdotes et commentaires pour vous faire découvrir et redécouvrir les plus grandes œuvres littéraires. LePetitLitté est reconnu d’intérêt pédagogique par le ministère de l’Éducation.

Fiche de lecture La Vie devant soi (résumé détaillé et analyse littéraire de référence)

Fiche de lecture La Vie devant soi (résumé détaillé et analyse littéraire de référence) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Romain Gary
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Fiche de lecture La Vie devant soi (résumé détaillé et analyse littéraire de référence) by Romain Gary Summary

La collection « Connaître une œuvre » vous offre la possibilité de tout savoir de La Vie devant soi de Romain Gary grâce à une fiche de lecture aussi complète que détaillée. La rédaction, claire et accessible, a été confiée à un spécialiste universitaire. Notre travail éditorial vous offre un grand confort de lecture, spécialement développé pour la lecture numérique. Cette fiche de lecture répond à une charte qualité mise en place par une équipe d’enseignants. Ce livre numérique contient : - Un sommaire dynamique - La biographie de Romain Gary - La présentation de l’œuvre - Le résumé détaillé (chapitre par chapitre) - Les raisons du succès - Les thèmes principaux - L'étude du mouvement littéraire de l’auteur

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Helen DeWitt
Editor: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811225518
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The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt Summary

Called “remarkable” (The Wall Street Journal) and “an ambitious, colossal debut novel” (Publishers Weekly), Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai is back in print at last Helen DeWitt’s 2000 debut, The Last Samurai, was “destined to become a cult classic” (Miramax). The enterprising publisher sold the rights in twenty countries, so “Why not just, ‘destined to become a classic?’” (Garth Risk Hallberg) And why must cultists tell the uninitiated it has nothing to do with Tom Cruise? Sibylla, an American-at-Oxford turned loose on London, finds herself trapped as a single mother after a misguided one-night stand. High-minded principles of child-rearing work disastrously well. J. S. Mill (taught Greek at three) and Yo Yo Ma (Bach at two) claimed the methods would work with any child; when these succeed with the boy Ludo, he causes havoc at school and is home again in a month. (Is he a prodigy, a genius? Readers looking over Ludo’s shoulder find themselves easily reading Greek and more.) Lacking male role models for a fatherless boy, Sibylla turns to endless replays of Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai. But Ludo is obsessed with the one thing he wants and doesn’t know: his father’s name. At eleven, inspired by his own take on the classic film, he sets out on a secret quest for the father he never knew. He’ll be punched, sliced, and threatened with retribution. He may not live to see twelve. Or he may find a real samurai and save a mother who thinks boredom a fate worse than death.

La Vie devant soi de Romain Gary (Analyse approfondie)

La Vie devant soi de Romain Gary (Analyse approfondie) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Karolin Brohee
Editor: Profil littéraire
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La Vie devant soi de Romain Gary (Analyse approfondie) by Karolin Brohee Summary

Œuvre emblématique de Romain Gary qui s’est longtemps caché derrière le mystérieux Émile Ajar, La Vie devant soi raconte l’histoire de Momo, un jeune garçon musulman, qui s’est choisi comme mère adoptive Madame Rosa, une vielle dame juive. À travers les mots de ce jeune garçon, l’on découvre leur quotidien dans cet immeuble où Madame Rosa s’occupe des enfants des prostituées. Mais aussi et surtout la tendresse entre une vieille dame qui se meurt et un jeune garçon qui a la vie devant lui... Avant de résumer l’histoire de Momo et de Madame Rosa, Karolin Brohee nous raconte la vie de Romain Gary. Car, sans elle, il est difficile de comprendre toute la profondeur de l’œuvre de cet artiste insaisissable. C’est que Romain Gary déteste par-dessus tout être catalogué dans des cases bien souvent trop étroites pour son génie. Lui qui se plaît à se réinventer à chaque instant. C’est à l’aune de cette personnalité multiple qu’il faut lire La Vie devant soi et qu’il faut décrypter ses personnages ô combien attachants. Car derrière Momo, c’est bien Roman Kacew qui se cache, et derrière Madame Rosa, Romain Gary l’adulte. À travers des thématiques aussi fortes que la recherche identitaire et la solitude, l’on sent toutes les angoisses de l’auteur, celles qui le hantent depuis l’enfance.

The Kites

The Kites Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Romain Gary
Editor: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811226557
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The Kites by Romain Gary Summary

Romain Gary’s bittersweet final masterpiece is “epic and empathetic” (BBC) and “one of his best” (The New York Times) The Kites begins with a young boy, Ludo, coming of age on a small farm in Normandy under the care of his eccentric kite-making Uncle Ambrose. Ludo’s life changes the day he meets Lila, a girl from the aristocratic Polish family that owns the estate next door. In a single glance, Ludo falls in love forever; Lila, on the other hand, disappears back into the woods. And so begins Ludo’s adventure of longing, passion, and love for the elusive Lila, who begins to reciprocate his feelings just as Europe descends into World War II. After Germany invades Poland, Lila and her family go missing, and Ludo’s devotion to saving her from the Nazis becomes a journey to save his love, his loved ones, his country, and ultimately himself. Filled with unforgettable characters who fling all they have into the fight to keep their hopes—and themselves—alive, The Kites is Romain Gary’s poetic call for resistance in whatever form it takes. A war hero himself, Gary embraced and fought for humanity in all its nuanced complexities, in the belief that a hero might be anyone who has the courage to love and hope.

Beside the Syrian Sea

Beside the Syrian Sea Pdf/ePub eBook Author: James Wolff
Editor: Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN: 1908524995
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Beside the Syrian Sea by James Wolff Summary

Jonas works for the UK secret service as an intelligence analyst. When his father is kidnapped and held for ransom by ISIS gunmen in Syria, he takes matters into his own hands and begins to steal the only currency he has access to: secret government intelligence. He heads to Beirut with a haul of the most sensitive documents imaginable and recruits an unlikely ally – an alcoholic Swiss priest named Father Tobias. Despite barely surviving his previous contact with ISIS, Tobias agrees to travel into the heart of the Islamic State and inform the kidnappers that Jonas is willing to negotiate for his father’s life. When the British and American governments realise they may be dealing with betrayal on a scale far greater than that of Edward Snowden, they try everything in their power to stop Jonas, and he finds himself tested to the limit as he fights to keep the negotiations alive and play his enemies off against each other. As the book races towards a thrilling confrontation in the Syrian desert, Jonas will have to decide how far he is willing to go to see his father again.

Older Brother

Older Brother Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Mahir Guven
Editor: Europa Editions
ISBN: 1609455509
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Older Brother by Mahir Guven Summary

Prix Goncourt Winner: A “superb” novel of a Syrian immigrant in France and his two sons (The New York Times Book Review). Older Brother is the poignant story of a Franco-Syrian family whose father and two sons try to integrate themselves into a society that doesn’t offer them many opportunities. The father, an atheist communist who moved from Syria to France for his studies and stayed for love, has worked for decades driving a taxi to support his family. The eldest son is a driver for an app-based car service, which comically puts him at odds with his father, whose very livelihood is threatened by this new generation of disruptors. The younger son, shy and serious, works as a nurse in a French hospital. Jaded by the regular rejections he encounters in French society, he decides to join a Muslim humanitarian organization to help wounded civilians in the war in Syria. But when he stops sending news home, the silence begins to eat away at his father and brother, who wonder what his real motivations were. And when the younger brother returns home, he has changed . . . “A masterpiece of a first novel.” ?The Guardian “A striking debut that reveals the breadth of emotional disconnection that prejudice can stoke within a family.” ?Kirkus Reviews

La vie devant soi de Romain Gary (Fiche de lecture)

La vie devant soi de Romain Gary (Fiche de lecture) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Claire Argence,
Editor: Primento
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La vie devant soi de Romain Gary (Fiche de lecture) by Claire Argence, Summary

Cette fiche de lecture de La vie devant soi de Romain Gary propose une analyse complète : • un résumé • une analyse des personnages • une analyse des axes de lecture À propos de : propose plus 2500 analyses complètes de livres sur toute la littérature classique et contemporaine : des résumés, des analyses de livres, des questionnaires et des commentaires composés, etc. Nos analyses sont plébiscitées par les lycéens et les enseignants. Toutes nos analyses sont téléchargeables directement en ligne. FichesdeLecture est partenaire du Ministère de l'Education. Plus d'informations sur

A Fifty-Year Silence

A Fifty-Year Silence Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Miranda Richmond Mouillot
Editor: Crown
ISBN: 0804140650
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A Fifty-Year Silence by Miranda Richmond Mouillot Summary

A young woman moves across an ocean to uncover the truth about her grandparents' mysterious estrangement and pieces together the extraordinary story of their wartime experiences In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, Miranda's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever. A Fifty-Year Silence is the deeply involving account of Miranda Richmond Mouillot's journey to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife's name aloud after she left him. To discover the roots of their embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the future and moves to their stone house, now a crumbling ruin; immerses herself in letters, archival materials, and secondary sources; and teases stories out of her reticent, and declining, grandparents. As she reconstructs how Anna and Armand braved overwhelming odds and how the knowledge her grandfather acquired at Nuremberg destroyed their relationship, Miranda wrestles with the legacy of trauma, the burden of history, and the complexities of memory. She also finds herself learning how not only to survive but to thrive--making a home in the village and falling in love. With warmth, humor, and rich, evocative details that bring her grandparents' outsize characters and their daily struggles vividly to life, A Fifty-Year Silence is a heartbreaking, uplifting love story spanning two continents and three generations.

The House I Loved

The House I Loved Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tatiana de Rosnay
Editor: St. Martin\'s Press
ISBN: 1429950471
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The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay Summary

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sarah's Key and A Secret Kept comes an absorbing new novel about one woman's resistance during an époque that shook Paris to its very core. Paris, France: 1860's. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman has set into motion a series of large-scale renovations that will permanently alter the face of old Paris, moulding it into a "modern city." The reforms will erase generations of history—but in the midst of the tumult, one woman will take a stand. Rose Bazelet is determined to fight against the destruction of her family home until the very end; as others flee, she stakes her claim in the basement of the old house on rue Childebert, ignoring the sounds of change that come closer and closer each day. Attempting to overcome the loneliness of her daily life, she begins to write letters to Armand, her beloved late husband. And as she delves into the ritual of remembering, Rose is forced to come to terms with a secret that has been buried deep in her heart for thirty years. Tatiana de Rosnay's The House I Loved is both a poignant story of one woman's indelible strength, and an ode to Paris, where houses harbor the joys and sorrows of their inhabitants, and secrets endure in the very walls...

Down Among the Dead Men

Down Among the Dead Men Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dany
Editor: D & M Publishers
ISBN: 1553658523
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Down Among the Dead Men by Dany Summary

The story of Dany Laferriere, the narrator and writer living in exile in Montreal, who finally comes home to Haiti. Nothing is different, and yet everything has changed. There is his mother, who has never left Haiti, not even for one minute, and who still performs all the rituals of old. But there is also the army of zombies that takes over the streets at night, while the American army occupies the country by day. What is this country of dead men? Is every Haitian a secret citizen? Is it possible for Laferriere to cross over to that country and then return? Laferriere wanders through Port-au-Prince interrogating old friends and new acquaintances. The tone becomes strident, as do the questions: Do we stay? Do we leave? What's the point? Where can we be ourselves and live like humans at the same time? In the end Laferriere decides to head for Bombardopolis, a village where you only need to eat once every three months -- a way of curing hunger? What will become of him once he gets there, and who will he be when he returns?

Don Juan

Don Juan Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Molière
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547538820
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Don Juan by Molière Summary

Don Juan, the "Seducer of Seville," originated as a hero-villain of Spanish folk legend, is a famous lover and scoundrel who has made more than a thousand sexual conquests. One of Molière's best-known plays, Don Juan was written while Tartuffe was still banned on the stages of Paris, and shared much with the outlawed play. Modern directors transform Don Juan in every new era, as each director finds something new to highlight in this timeless classic. Richard Wilbur's flawless translation will be the standard for generations to come, as have his translations of Molière's other plays. Witty, urbane, and poetic in its prose, Don Juan is, most importantly, as funny now as it was for audiences when it was first presented.


Masks Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Fumiko Enchi
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 1101970634
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Masks by Fumiko Enchi Summary

Following the death of her son, Mieko Toganō takes an increasing interest in the personal affairs of her widowed daughter-in-law, Yasuko. Devastated by her loss, she skillfully manipulates the relationships between Yasuko and the two men who are in love with her, encouraging a dalliance that will have terrible consequences. Meanwhile, hidden in the shadows, is Mieko’s mentally-handicapped daughter, who has her own role to play in her mother’s bizarre schemes. In Masks, Enchi has crafted a stunning and understated novel of seduction and infidelity.

La vie devant eux

La vie devant eux Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Blandine Gérard
Editor: Primento
ISBN: 2511031159
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La vie devant eux by Blandine Gérard Summary

Les élèves du lycée de Gerson s'apprêtent à commencer une partie de Cluedo pas comme les autres... Madame Pérot, professeur de mathématiques, est victime d'un grave accident à la sortie du lycée de Gerson, qui la laisse entre la vie et la mort : les tuyaux de freins de sa voiture ont été sectionnés. Une enquête commence au lycée. En effet, le « crime » s'est déroulé sur le parking de l'établissement et il y a de fortes chances pour qu'il ait été commis par un élève. Car Madame Pérot a la réputation d'être aussi douce qu'une harpie. Justement, Natacha n'avait-elle pas dit qu'elle « ferait payer » à son professeur la mauvaise note qu'elle lui a attribuée ? Ou bien est-ce Marlène, qui avait confié à ses amies Ambre et Juliette qu'elle voulait se venger ? Les interrogatoires se succèdent et la suspicion se répand dans la classe de seconde de Madame Pérot. Pendant ce temps, des amitiés se lient et se dénouent. Élisa et Adélaïde, les élèves modèles de bonne famille, sortent de leur cocon pour se rapprocher de leurs camarades. Parmi eux, Gaëtan, Jonathan et Mounir qui viennent du quartier sensible du Vieux-Four. Adélaïde va ouvrir les yeux sur ce monde et sortir de sa zone de confort : elle se rend compte que la vie de Gaëtan n'est pas facile, surtout avec une mère négligente et des petits frère et sœur dont il doit s'occuper... Un roman pour ados au suspense haletant ! |Age conseilé : 13 ans et plus EXTRAIT Banal. Mais encore ? Pas grand-chose de plus. Pas grand-chose de moins, non plus. C’est donc dans le lycée de Gerson que madame Pérot enseigne. La salle des professeurs sent vaguement le tabac froid : l’odeur pénètre par la fenêtre entrouverte sur le préau devenu la zone fumeurs et s’immisce de manière diffuse dans la salle réservée aux enseignants. Quelques citations de bon goût se partagent les murs avec un décor d’un style plus douteux. Ainsi, les feuilles A4 jaunies sont-elles la principale décoration. La Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme a été amputée d’un petit coin de papier, une façon d’annoncer qu’ici, il arrive parfois que les droits des enseignants soient légèrement grignotés : sachez que le vocabulaire des élèves ne manquera pas d’atteindre vos libertés fondamentales ! À PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR Blandine Gérard travaille aujourd’hui comme éducatrice dans un cercle thérapeutique à Tournai. Passionnée par les gens et leur caractère, elle aime (toujours autant !) croquer le monde qui l'entoure. Écrire lui permet de canaliser les idées qui fourmillent dans sa tête. La vie devant eux est son troisième roman pour ados, après Dans l'ombre de ma sœur (Alice Jeunesse) et Une mère quelque part (Editions du Jasmin).

Sweet Caress

Sweet Caress Pdf/ePub eBook Author: William Boyd
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 144344488X
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Born into Edwardian England, Amory Clay’s first memory is of her father standing on his head. She has memories of him returning on leave during the First World War. But his absences, both actual and emotional, are what she chiefly remembers. It is her photographer uncle Greville who supplies the emotional bond she needs, who, when he gives her a camera and some rudimentary lessons in photography, unleashes a passion that will irrevocably shape her future. A spell at boarding school ends abruptly and Amory begins an apprenticeship with Greville in London, photographing socialites for the magazine Beau Monde. But Amory is hungry for more and her search for life, love and artistic expression will take her to the demi monde of Berlin of the late ’20s, to New York of the ’30s, to the blackshirt riots in London, and to France in the Second World War, where she becomes one of the first women war photographers. Her desire for experience will lead Amory to further wars, to lovers, husbands and children as she continues to pursue her dreams and battle her demons. In this enthralling story of a life fully lived, illustrated with “found” period photographs, William Boyd has created a sweeping panorama of some of the most defining moments of modern history, told through the camera lens of one unforgettable woman, Amory Clay. It is his greatest achievement to date.

Learning from Lying

Learning from Lying Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Julia Luisa Abramson
Editor: University of Delaware Press
ISBN: 9780874139006
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Learning from Lying by Julia Luisa Abramson Summary

Writers who mystify operate through paradox: their lies point toward truth, and their obfuscations reveal trickery. This conundrum is the foundation for Learning from Lying, which defines mystification as a literary form that seeks to enlighten by means of deception. Learning from Lying narrates a new literary history as seen through the lens of mystification. Beginning with an examination of mystification's elaboration during the century of Enlightenment, the book accounts for mystification's distinctiveness relative to other deceptive forms, particularly forgery, and provides a timely intervention in current debates about the study of fakes. Readings of works by Denis Diderot, Prosper Merimee, and Wolfgang Hildesheimer follow out the cosmopolitan roots of the genre in the Republic of Letters and show how it theorizes literature through practical experiment. For when textual imitation is revealed, it unveils the necessary collusion between reader and writer that allows literature to exist as such.


Impostors Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Christopher L. Miller
Editor: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022659114X
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Impostors by Christopher L. Miller Summary

Writing a new page in the surprisingly long history of literary deceit, Impostors examines a series of literary hoaxes, deceptions that involved flagrant acts of cultural appropriation. This book looks at authors who posed as people they were not, in order to claim a different ethnic, class, or other identity. These writers were, in other words, literary usurpers and appropriators who trafficked in what Christopher L. Miller terms the “intercultural hoax.” In the United States, such hoaxes are familiar. Forrest Carter’s The Education of Little Tree and JT LeRoy’s Sarah are two infamous examples. Miller’s contribution is to study hoaxes beyond our borders, employing a comparative framework and bringing French and African identity hoaxes into dialogue with some of their better-known American counterparts. In France, multiculturalism is generally eschewed in favor of universalism, and there should thus be no identities (in the American sense) to steal. However, as Miller demonstrates, this too is a ruse: French universalism can only go so far and do so much. There is plenty of otherness to appropriate. This French and Francophone tradition of imposture has never received the study it deserves. Taking a novel approach to this understudied tradition, Impostors examines hoaxes in both countries, finding similar practices of deception and questions of harm.