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Analyse de "Le quai de Ouistreham" de Florence Aubenas

Analyse de

Analyse de "Le quai de Ouistreham" de Florence Aubenas

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Publisher: GRIN Verlag

Isbn 10: 3668610282

Category: Social Science

Number of Pages: 14

Number of Views: 473

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Essai de l’année 2012 dans le domaine Sociologie - Travail, Profession, Education, Organisation, École des hautes études commerciales de Paris, langue: Français, résumé: Cette fiche de lecture a été réalisée dans le cadre du cours « Histoire de la critique » donné par Ève Chiapello et Ludovic François au sein de la Majeure Alternative Management, spécialité de troisième année du programme Grande École d’HEC Paris. En 2009, Florence Aubenas, journaliste et écrivain, décide de partir pour Caen, où elle s’inscrit au chômage et s’invente un passé de femme au foyer avec pour seul bagage un bac littéraire, afin de « vivre la crise de l’intérieur ». Dans ce livre, elle nous raconte sa quête d’un emploi stable, ses expériences en tant que femme de ménage, ses rencontres.


The Safe House

The Safe House

The Safe House

Author: Christophe Boltanski

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Isbn 10: 022644922X

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 240

Number of Views: 808

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In Paris’s exclusive Saint-Germain neighborhood is a mansion. In that mansion lives a family. Deep in that mansion. The Bolts are that family, and they have secrets. The Safe House tells their story. When the Nazis came, Étienne Boltanski divorced his wife and walked out the front door, never to be seen again during the war. So far as the outside world knew, the Jewish doctor had fled. The truth was that he had sneaked back to hide in a secret crawl space at the heart of the house. There he lived for the duration of the war. With the Liberation, Étienne finally emerged, but he and his family were changed forever—anxious, reclusive, yet proudly eccentric. Their lives were spent, amid Bohemian disarray and lingering wartime fears, in the mansion’s recesses or packed comically into the protective cocoon of a Fiat. That house (and its vehicular appendage) are at the heart of Christophe Boltanski’s ingeniously structured, lightly fictionalized account of his grandparents and their extended family. The novel unfolds room by room—each chapter opening with a floorplan— introducing us to the characters who occupy each room, including the narrator’s grandmother--a woman of “savage appetites”--and his uncle Christian, whose haunted artworks would one day make him famous. “The house was a palace,” Boltanski writes, “and they lived like hobos.” Rejecting convention as they’d rejected the outside world, the family never celebrated birthdays, or even marked the passage of time, living instead in permanent stasis, ever more closely bonded to the house itself. The Safe House was a literary sensation when published in France in 2015 and won the Prix de Prix, France’s most prestigious book prize. With hints of Oulipian playfulness and an atmosphere of dark humor, The Safe House is an unforgettable portrait of a self-imprisoned family.


French Inside Out

French Inside Out

French Inside Out

Author: Henriette Walter

Publisher: Routledge

Isbn 10: 1134902050

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Number of Pages: 292

Number of Views: 1628

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First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


The Swallows of Kabul

The Swallows of Kabul

The Swallows of Kabul

Author: Yasmina Khadra

Publisher: Anchor

Isbn 10: 0307429423

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 208

Number of Views: 693

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"Surprisingly tender." -- The New York Times Book Review. Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed to leave her home without an escort or covering her face. Intersecting their world is Atiq, a prison keeper, a man who has sincerely adopted the Taliban ideology and struggles to keep his faith, and his wife, Musarrat, who once rescued Atiq and is now dying of sickness and despair. Desperate, exhausted Mohsen wanders through Kabul when he is surrounded by a crowd about to stone an adulterous woman. Numbed by the hysterical atmosphere and drawn into their rage, he too throws stones at the face of the condemned woman buried up to her waist. With this gesture the lives of all four protagonists move toward their destinies. The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exquisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world. Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot, dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair.


Anne-Marie the Beauty

Anne-Marie the Beauty

Anne-Marie the Beauty

Author: Yasmina Reza

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

Isbn 10: 1644210525

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 64

Number of Views: 1497

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Another thought-provoking master class in how we perform life by the award-winning novelist and playwright Yasmina Reza. "I was bored with my husband," says Anne-Marie, the irrepressible voice of Anne-Marie la Beauté, "but you know, boredom is part of love." Mostly she is speaking here of her more famous friend and colleague, the French actress Giselle Fayolle, in whose shadow she has spent her career. "My life was a near miss," she adds, before explaining that she enunciated well because "I loved to say the words." A very short novel with the power and resonance of a much longer one, Anne-Marie la Beauté is a profound and moving act of remembrance, a clear-eyed assessment of the hard-edged nature of fame, a meditation on aging--and a wonderfully observant and comic exploration of human foibles. In short, another thought-provoking master class in how we perform life by the peerless Yasmina Reza.


Kapitoil

Kapitoil

Kapitoil

Author: Teddy Wayne

Publisher: Harper Collins

Isbn 10: 0061989924

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 320

Number of Views: 868

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“Teddy Wayne has written a brilliant book. Karim Issar is one of the freshest, funniest heroes I’ve come across in a long time.” — Ben Fountain, bestselling author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara “An innovative and incisive meditation on the wages of corporate greed, the fundamental darkness of its vision lit by the author’s great comic intelligence and wit.” — Kathryn Davis, author of The Thin Place, Hell: A Novel, and Versailles With a fresh and singular voice, Teddy Wayne marks his literary debut with the story of one 26 year old Middle Eastern man’s attempt to live the American Dream in New York City. Like the award-winning Netherland and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Kapitoil provides an absorbing look into American culture and New York finance from an outsider’s perspective.


Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Jessica Bruder

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Isbn 10: 0393249328

Category: Social Science

Number of Pages: 288

Number of Views: 799

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The inspiration for Chloé Zhao's 2020 Golden Lion award-winning film starring Frances McDormand. "People who thought the 2008 financial collapse was over a long time ago need to meet the people Jessica Bruder got to know in this scorching, beautifully written, vivid, disturbing (and occasionally wryly funny) book." —Rebecca Solnit From the beet fields of North Dakota to the campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older adults. These invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in RVs and modified vans, forming a growing community of nomads. Nomadland tells a revelatory tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy—one which foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, it celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive, but have not given up hope.


Music of a Life

Music of a Life

Music of a Life

Author: Andreï Makine

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

Isbn 10: 162872210X

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 120

Number of Views: 1481

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A brief but extraordinarily powerful novel by the author of Dreams of My Russian Summers and Requiem for a Lost Empire, Music of a Life is set in the period just before, and two decades after, World War II. Alexeï Berg’s father is a well-known dramatist, his mother a famous opera singer. But during Stalin’s reign of terror in the 1930s they, like millions of other Russians, come under attack for their presumed lack of political purity. Harassed and proscribed, they have nonetheless, on the eve of Hitler’s war, not yet been arrested. And young Alexeï himself, a budding classical pianist, has been allowed to continue his musical studies. His first solo concert is scheduled for May 24, 1941. Two days before the concert, on his way home from his final rehearsal, he sees his parents being arrested, taken from their Moscow apartment. Knowing his own arrest will not be far behind, Alexeï flees to the country house of his fiancée, where again betrayal awaits him. He flees, one step ahead of the dreaded secret police until, taking on the identity of a dead soldier, he enlists in the Soviet army. Thus begins his seemingly endless journey, through war and peace, until he lands, two decades later, in a snowbound train station in the Urals, where he relates his harrowing saga to the novel’s narrator. An international bestseller, Music of a Life is, in the words of Le Monde, “extremely powerful . . . a gem.”


Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

Author: Faïza Guène

Publisher: HMH

Isbn 10: 054754118X

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 192

Number of Views: 1492

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A “touching, furious, sharp, and very funny” novel of an immigrant teenage girl finding her own identity in France (Booklist). The Paradise projects are only a few metro stops from Paris, but it feels like a different world. Doria’s father, aka the Beard, has headed back to their hometown in Morocco, leaving her and her mom to cope with their mektoub, their destiny, alone. They have a little help—from a social worker sent by the city, a psychiatrist sent by the school, and a thug friend who recites Rimbaud. It seems like fate has dealt them an impossible hand, but Doria might still make a new life—“with bravado, humor, and a healthy dose of rage” (St. Petersburg Times). “[A] sassy, spunky tale . . . Doria has what it takes to storm any barricade.” —The Hartford Courant “[Doria is] as likable as Holden Caulfield or Prep’s Lee Fiora. Readers will cheer. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal, starred review “A promising addition to the world’s literary voices.” —The Miami Herald “Moving and irreverent, sad and funny, full of rage and intelligence. Her voice is fresh, and her book a delight.” —Laila Lalami, bestselling author of The Moor’s Account


Brightness Falls

Brightness Falls

Brightness Falls

Author: Jay McInerney

Publisher: Vintage

Isbn 10: 0307763226

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 432

Number of Views: 1207

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Combining the lyrical observation of F. Scott Fitzgerald with the laser-bright social satire of Evelyn Waugh, Jay McInerney gives us a novel that is stunningly accomplished and profoundly affecting. As he maps the fault lines spreading through the once-impenetrable marriage of Russell and Corrine Calloway and chronicles Russell's wildly ambitious scheme to seize control of the publishing house at which he works, Jay McInerney creates an elegy for New York in the 1980s. From the literary chimeras and corporate raiders to those dispossessed by the pandemonium of money and power, Brightness Falls captures a rash era at its moment of reckoning and gives reality back to a time that now seems decidedly unreal.


Random Family

Random Family

Random Family

Author: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Isbn 10: 1439124892

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Number of Pages: 432

Number of Views: 1072

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Random Family tells the American outlaw saga lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. With an immediacy made possible only after ten years of reporting, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses the reader in the mind-boggling intricacies of the little-known ghetto world. She charts the tumultuous cycle of the generations, as girls become mothers, mothers become grandmothers, boys become criminals, and hope struggles against deprivation. Two romances thread through Random Family: the sexually charismatic nineteen-year-old Jessica's dizzying infatuation with a hugely successful young heroin dealer, Boy George, and fourteen-year-old Coco's first love with Jessica's little brother, Cesar, an aspiring thug. Fleeing from family problems, the young couples try to outrun their destinies. Chauffeurs whisk them to getaways in the Poconos and to nightclubs. They cruise the streets in Lamborghinis and customized James Bond cars. Jessica and Boy George ride the wild adventure between riches and ruin, while Coco and Cesar stick closer to the street, all four caught in a precarious dance between life and death. Friends get murdered; the DEA and FBI investigate Boy George's business activities; Cesar becomes a fugitive; Jessica and Coco endure homelessness, betrayal, the heartbreaking separation of prison, and throughout it all, the insidious damage of poverty. Together, then apart, the teenagers make family where they find it. Girls look for excitement and find trouble; boys, searching for adventure, join crews and prison gangs. Coco moves upstate to dodge the hazards of the Bronx; Jessica seeks solace in romance. Both find that love is the only place to go. A gifted prose stylist and a profoundly compassionate observer, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc has slipped behind the cold statistics and sensationalism surrounding inner-city life and come back with a riveting, haunting, and true urban soap opera that reveals the clenched grip of the streets. Random Family is a compulsive read and an important journalistic achievement, sure to take its place beside the classics of the genre.


97,196 Words

97,196 Words

97,196 Words

Author: Emmanuel Carrère

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Isbn 10: 0374716064

Category: Literary Collections

Number of Pages: 304

Number of Views: 1196

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A selection of the best short work by France's greatest living nonfiction writer A New York Times Notable Books of 2020 No one writes nonfiction like Emmanuel Carrère. Although he takes cues from such literary heroes as Truman Capote and Janet Malcolm, Carrère has, over the course of his career, reinvented the form in a search for truth in all its guises. Dispensing with the rules of genre, he takes what he needs from every available form or discipline—be it theology, historiography, fiction, reportage, or memoir—and fuses it under the pressure of an inimitable combination of passion, curiosity, intellect, and wit. With an oeuvre unique in world literature for its blend of empathy and playfulness, Carrère stands as one of our most distinctive and important literary voices. 97,196 Words introduces Carrère’s shorter works to an English-language audience. Featuring more than thirty extraordinary essays written over an illustrious twenty-five-year period of Carrère’s creative life, this collection shows an exceptional mind at work. Spanning continents, histories, and personal relationships, and treating everything from American heroin addicts to the writing of In Cold Blood, from the philosophy of Philip K. Dick to a single haunting sentence in a minor story by H. P. Lovecraft, from Carrère’s own botched interview with Catherine Deneuve to the week he spent following the future French president Emmanuel Macron, 97,196 Words considers the divides between truth, reality, and our shared humanity as it explores remarkable events and eccentric lives, including Carrère’s own.


The Book of Fate

The Book of Fate

The Book of Fate

Author: Parinoush Saniee

Publisher: House of Anansi

Isbn 10: 1770893849

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 464

Number of Views: 1718

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Selected as one of World Literature Today's 75 Notable Translations of 2013 Spanning five turbulent decades in Iranian history, from before the 1979 revolution, through the Islamic Republic, and up to the present, The Book of Fate is a powerful story of friendship and passion, fear and hope. A teenager in pre-revolutionary Tehran, Massoumeh is an average girl, passionate about learning. On her way to school she meets a local man and falls in love, but when her family discovers his letters they accuse her of bringing them dishonour. She is badly beaten by her brother, and her parents hastily arrange for her to marry a man she’s never met. Facing a life without love, and the prospect of no education, Massoumeh is distraught, but a female neighbour urges her to comply: "We each have a destiny, and you can’t fight yours." The years that follow Massoumeh’s wedding prove transformative for Iran. Hamid, Massoumeh’s husband, is a political dissident and a threat to the Shah’s regime. When the secret service arrive to arrest him, it is the start of a terrifying period for Massoumeh. Her fate, so long dictated by family loyalty and tradition, is now tied to the changing fortunes of her country.


The Opening Country

The Opening Country

The Opening Country

Author: John Micklewright

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

Isbn 10: 1800469209

Category: Travel

Number of Pages: 200

Number of Views: 958

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For twenty-five years, John Micklewright rushed through France in his haste to get to Italy. In this journey of re-discovery, he travels the slow way, on foot, on paths, tracks and byways from the Channel to the Alps – from the coast of Normandy to the flanks of Mont Blanc.


The Blackest Streets

The Blackest Streets

The Blackest Streets

Author: Sarah Wise

Publisher: Random House

Isbn 10: 1448162238

Category: History

Number of Pages: 352

Number of Views: 915

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In 1887 Government inspectors were sent to investigate the Old Nichol, a notorious slum on the boundary of Bethnal Green parish, where almost 6,000 inhabitants were crammed into thirty or so streets of rotting dwellings and where the mortality rate ran at nearly twice that of the rest of Bethnal Green. Among much else they discovered that the decaying 100-year-old houses were some of the most lucrative properties in the capital for their absent slumlords, who included peers of the realm, local politicians and churchmen. The Blackest Streets is set in a turbulent period of London's history when revolution was in the air. Award-winning historian Sarah Wise skilfully evokes the texture of life at that time, not just for the tenants but for those campaigning for change and others seeking to protect their financial interests. She recovers Old Nichol from the ruins of history and lays bare the social and political conditions that created and sustained this black hole which lay at the very heart of the Empire.


Since the Layoffs

Since the Layoffs

Since the Layoffs

Author: Iain Levison

Publisher: Soho Press

Isbn 10: 1569479216

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 192

Number of Views: 445

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This “dark, satirical comedy [is] written with the deadpan humor Levison used so well in his first book, A Working Stiff’s Manifesto” (USA Today). Jake Skowran has been laid off from his job as a factory supervisor. Fortunately, he’s been offered other work. Unfortunately, it is as a hired killer. Beset by creditors and filled with fury over his situation, Jake decides he has little choice except to take it. He is going to carve off a piece of the economy or die trying . . . “Like Donald Westlake in The Ax, about an insurance executive turned hit man, Levison brings a burning rage to this accomplished debut novel.” —Booklist “[A] black comedy of morals cracking in a lousy economy.” —The New York Times Book Review


Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Author: Raymond Carver

Publisher: Vintage

Isbn 10: 1101970553

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 240

Number of Views: 314

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Raymond Carver’s third collection of stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, including the canonical titular story about blindness and learning to enter the very different world of another. These twelve stories mark a turning point in Carver’s work and “overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life. . . . Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty. . . . his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart” (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World).


Précarité

Précarité

Précarité

Author: Roswitha Böhm,Cécile Kovacshazy

Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag

Isbn 10: 3823379364

Category: Literary Criticism

Number of Pages: 186

Number of Views: 523

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Ces vingt dernières années, une nouvelle sémantique de la pauvreté a émergé, qui recouvre de nouvelles réalités. Parmi elles, on souligne dans les media et en sciences sociales la "précarité", la "précarisation" et les "personnes précaires". Mais qu'entend-on derrière ces termes? Quelles sont les spécificités de ces situations économiques et politiques en France et ailleurs? Quelles formes artistiques et quels procédés esthétiques sont mobilisés dans la mise en récit et/ou la mise en images de cette problématique de la précarité?


The Age of Violence

The Age of Violence

The Age of Violence

Author: Alain Bertho

Publisher: Verso Books

Isbn 10: 1786637480

Category: Social Science

Number of Pages: 140

Number of Views: 1519

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Exploring the fury of the young in a world or crisis that seems to offer no alternatives "Only martyrs know neither pity nor fear. Believe me, the day when the martyrs are victorious will be the day of universal conflagration". Jacques Lacan made this gloomy prophesy back in 1959: but doesn't it also apply to our own time? Faced with a rise in attacks around the world, can we really just blame the 'radicalization of' Islam'? What hope is there for the alienated youth, as the wars that have ravaged the Middle East spill out across the globe? For Alain Bertho, the mounting chaos we see today is above all driven by the weakening of states' legitimacy under the pressure of globalization. Add to this the hypocrisy of the elites who beat the drum of 'security measures', even as they sow the seeds of violence around the world. This disorder is the swamp of despair which can only produce fresh atrocities. Today's youth are the lost children of neoliberal globalization, the inheritors of the political and human chaos it produces. When they find it easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism, their revolt tends to take the paths of martyrdom and despair. The closing of the revolutionary hypothesis allows only fury. The answer, Bertho argues, is a new radicalism, able to inspire a collective hope in the future.


200 Women

200 Women

200 Women

Author: Geoff Blackwell,Ruth Hobday

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Isbn 10: 1452166684

Category: Photography

Number of Pages: 396

Number of Views: 917

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200 incredible women. 126 hours of interviews. 16,000 photographs. 5 questions. A snapshot of female life around the globe: This book includes interviews with 200 women from a variety of backgrounds takes you on a journey that's heartbreaking and uplifting. Each woman shares her unique reply to the same five questions: What really matters to you?, What brings you happiness?, What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?, What would you change if you could?, and Which single word do you most identify with? The variety of answers offers gifts of empowerment and strength – inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality. Interviewees include: • Jane Goodall, conservation and animal welfare activist • Margaret Atwood, author and winner of The Booker Prize • Roxane Gay, author and feminist • Renée Montagne, former host of NPR's Morning Edition • Alicia Garza, activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter • Alfre Woodard, award-winning actor and activist • Marian Wright Edelman, head of the Children's Defense Fund • Lydia Ko, professional golfer and Olympian • Dolores Huerta, labor activist, community organizer, and co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association • Alice Waters, chef, author, and food rights advocate • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author and Macarthur Foundation fellow Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image—and global in its scope and resonance. This landmark book is published to coincide with an interactive website, building on this remarkable, ever-evolving project. 200 Women reminds us that there are no ordinary women. • Makes a wonderful birthday, graduation, going away gift, or coffee table gift for every woman to encourage personal growth. • An empowering book for women, teen girls, or anyone looking for inspiration from luminaries across the world.