En marchant sur le fleuve céleste

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Oliva Peter
Ed. Joëlle Losfeld

Quittant son Canada natal, le narrateur part enseigner l'anglais à Saitama au Japon.

Tandis qu'il pénètre l'univers flottant et parfois contradictoire du Japon d'aujourd'hui, il est confronté à d'insoupçonnables visions du passé de son propre pays.
Nourri d'histoire, de mythe et de mystère, En marchant sur le fleuve céleste est un roman lumineux, plein de contes envoûtants et d'excentriques personnages, écrit avec l'humour chaleureux d'un fin observateur de l'art et de la vie, et avec la délicatesse d'un calligraphe.

Until I find you

Until I find you
Irving John
Ed. Bloomsbury

John Irving's eleventh novel: set in Canada and New England, as well as Hollywood and the North Sea ports of Europe, it is epic in scope, and Irving's most ambitious and moving work to date

Until I Find You is the story of the actor Jack Burns. His mother, Alice, is a Toronto tattoo artist. His father, William, is an Edinburgh organist who is addicted to being tattooed. When Jack is four, he travels with Alice to several North Sea ports - Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, and Amsterdam, in search of his father, who is missing. But Alice is a mystery, and William can't be found. Even Jack's memories are subject to doubt.

Jack Burns goes to schools in Canada and New England, but what shapes him are his relationships with older women. Mr Irving renders Jack's life as an actor in Hollywood with the same richness of detail and range of emotions he uses to describe the tattoo parlours in those North Sea ports and the reverberating music Jack heard as a child in European churches.
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Tout est illuminé

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Safran Foer Jonathan
Ed. L'Olivier

Situé de nos jours, en Ukraine, ce premier roman de Jonathan Safran Foer

raconte les aventures d'un jeune écrivain juif américain en quête de ses origines. Guidé par un adolescent semi-illettré, Alex (ou Sacha), un vieillard (qui se prétend aveugle mais regarde la télévision) et un chien (qui répond au nom de Sammy Davis Junior, Junior), il sillonne la région à la recherche des vestiges d'un mystérieux village détruit par les nazis en 1941.
Soudain le récit bascule : du 18 mars 1791 au 18 mars 1942, c'est la chronique terrible et fabuleuse d'un shtetl appelé Trachimbrod qui se déroule sous nos yeux?
Peuplé d'enfants trouvés, de rabbins kabbalistes, d'amoureux en proie à la fureur érotique, cet admirable roman s'inscrit dans une tradition où la bouffonnerie est souvent l'ultime expression du sacré. C'est aussi un tour de force littéraire d'une stupéfiante modernité.
Tout est illuminé est un acte de foi envers le Roman, dans toutes ses dimensions. Un livre impressionnant?

The Historian

The Historian
Kostova Elizabeth
Ed. Little, Brown

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to 'My dear and unfortunate successor'. Her discovery plounges her into a world she never dreamed of - a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.
In those few quiet moments, she unwittingly assumes a quest she will discover is her birthright - a hunt for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the Dracula myth.
What does the legend of Dracula have to do with the modern world ? The answer to this question crosses time and borders, from the archive libraries of Oxford to Istanbul and Budapest, and into the depths of Easter Europe. Deciphering obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions, and evading terrifying adversaries, one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil.
Elizabeth Kostova's debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions; a captivating tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful - and utterly unforgettable.
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Le cheval blême. Journal d'un terroriste.

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Savinkov Boris
Ed. Phébus

The rough guide to Cult Fiction

The rough guide to Cult Fiction
Collectif
Ed. Rough Guide

The rough guide to Cult Fiction is an eclectic and essential guide to the literary world's greatest cult authors and the facts behind their fiction. Even if you know your Hunter s. Thompson from your Jim Thompson, do you know which cult novel has been implicated in assassinations, which eccentric author enjoyed ice-skating in an armchair, and which writer inspired a Broadway musical and the Velvet Underground ? Features include :
The Authors Critical coverage of more than 200 cult writers, from Walter Abish to Richard Zimler, with potted biographies, must reads and surprising influences.
Graphic Novels The low-down on Alan Moore, Hergé, Neil Gaiman and other legends.
The Isolation Ward Seminal books by authors who never became cult figures but wrote one classic work.
A Cult Collection A feast of trivia revealing the authors who wrote standing up, the literary heavyweights who wanted to be boxing heavyweights, and the little-known novels of Benito Mussolini and Sarah Bernhardt.
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Un été à Baden Baden

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Tsypkin Leonid
Ed. Christian Bourgois

Un été à Baden-Baden est né de l'étrange fascination d'un écrivain juif pour Dostoïevski.

Littéralement inspiré des années de son périple tumultueux en Europe, ce roman que Susan Sontag considère comme « une des ?uvres les plus belles, les plus exaltantes et les plus originales de son siècle » constitue de la part de Leonid Tsypkin, médecin né à Minsk en 1926, à la fois un acte d'hommage littéraire et de revanche. Tsypkin, qui décrit le journal d'Anna Grigoryevna « comme la Bible » a finalement la même solution au problème de Dostoïevski que les scribes des Ecritures Juives avaient trouvé pour un créateur imprévisible et terrifiant : le transformer en héros littéraire.

The Hungy Tide

The Hungy Tide
Gosh Amitav
Ed. Flamingo

'An intriguing tale of history, folklore, ecology, migration, love and grief.' Independent

Between the sea and the plains of Bengal lies an immense archipelago of islands. Here, for hundreds of years, only the truly dispossessed braved the man-eating tigers and the crocodiles the rule there, to eke out a precarious existence from the mud.

The settlers of the Sundarbans believe that anyone without a pure heart who ventures into the watery labyrinth will never return. It is the arrival of Piya Roy, of Indian parentage but stubbornly American, and Kanai Dutt, a sophisticated Dehli businessman, that disturbs the delicate balance of settlement life. From this moment, the tide begins to turn.

'The haunting quality of this novel stays in the memory' Sunday Telegraph

Le troisième officier

Le troisième officier
Conte Giuseppe
Ed. Laurence Teper

Une histoire d'hommes en quête de liberté

En 1789, poussé par la misère, le jeune Yann quitte sa Bretagne natale et s'embarque sur le Sainte-Anne. Garçon de carré, il observe avec naïveté et finesse les officiers et les membres de l'équipage, dont les deux figures essentielles sont Caterina, femme du Commandant, futile et intrigante, et Floriano di Santaflora, jeune noble, personnage étrange et fascinant, victime d'un lourd passé dont on ne découvrira qu'à la fin du roman les mystères. Après bien des aventures, Yann et Floriano s'aperçoivent avec horreur que le Sainte-Anne est un négrier. Floriano organise une mutinerie et fonde avec les esclaves qu'il libère une République libre dans une zone déserte de la côte africaine.
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The Sea

The Sea
Banvill John
Ed. Picador

The brilliant new novel by the Booker-shortlisted author of Shroud and The Book of Evidence, John Banville is, quite simply, one of the greatest novelists writing in the English language today. When Max Morden returns to the coastal town where he spent a holiday in his youth he is both escaping from a recent loss and confronting a distant trauma. The Grace family appear that long ago summer as if from another world. Drawn to the Grace twins, Chloe and Myles, Max soon finds himself entangled in their lives, which are as seductive as they are unsettling. What ensues will haunt him for the rest of his years and shape everything that is to follow.
John Banville is one of the most sublime writers working in the English language. Utterly compelling, profoundly moving and illuminating, The Sea is quite possibly the best thing he has ever written.
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