Comme un enfant perdu
Je parcourais les rues, Ma guitare sur le dos, Comme un enfant perdu, Je traînais des sanglots. Ma vie n’avait pas de sens, Et l’amour fuyait mes pas. Je n’ai jamais eu de chance, Je n’en aurai jamais, je crois. Renaud, Lucile, 1969 Quand vous m’offriez des fleurs et que je vous grognais quelques mots inaudibles – d’aller vous faire voir, que plus jamais je ne chanterai, embrumé dans les vapeurs de l’alcool, je vous ai rendus malheureux, comme j’ai rendu malheureux tous les miens. Je le sais, je l’ai lu dans les milliers de lettres que vous m’avez adressées. Eh bien, dans les mois qui viennent, je vais m’efforcer de vous rendre le sourire. Et qui sait ? Peut-être même allons-nous pleurer ensemble du bonheur de nous retrouver vivants, et sous le même ciel. Toujours debout. Renaud, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 11 mai 2016 Ce livre est un événement. Après le grand retour de Renaud et le succès triomphal de son nouvel album Toujours debout, le chanteur publie son autobiographie. Dans son livre, Renaud raconte ses amours, ses tourments, sa révolte face aux injustices du monde. Un livre, dit-il, qui permet de comprendre. Sa vie. La vie. Et qui nous bouleverse à chaque page.
And A Voice to Sing With
• The perfect time for a reissue: In October 2009, PBS will air a ninety-minute primetime special on Joan Baez as part of the Emmy Award-winning American Masters series. Told often from Baez’s perspective, but supported by a rich performance and historical archive, the documentary centers on her career as a musician, power as an artist, those who influenced her, and those she championed. She will also be on a 27-city U.S. tour starting July 2009.. • A musical force and a catalyst for social change: At the age of eighteen Baez was an international star with a Time magazine cover story; fifty years later she has thirty-three albums to her credit. She also marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., was jailed for supporting the draft resistance, and sang in the first Amnesty International tour. An extraordinary woman who has led an eventful life, Baez’s memoir is as honest, unpretentious, and courageous as she is. .
Autant qu il m en souvienne
Florence Regnard rassemble ses souvenirs et nous les livre en poésie. Pourquoi une autobiographie ? Pourquoi rassembler ses souvenirs en écriture ?? Sans doute pour retenir le temps, capter ce brin d’existence, en laisser une trace avant qu’il ne se noie dans l’univers. L’autobiographie, miroir aux reflets changeants, est plus ou moins noire, grise ou colorée selon les prismes du ressenti. Pour l’auteur, elle est plutôt une ombre de souvenirs dans le couloir de la tristesse. Mais un couloir qui s’éclaire et donne sur un salon de poésie. Une autobiographie en toute simplicité, pour la mémoire et pour le plaisir d'écrire. EXTRAIT Anomalie Toute contente, je pars avec Maman. Nous arrivons dans une grande maison avec jardin, notre chambre se situe à droite au rez-de-chaussée. Le lendemain, à sept heures du matin, nous traversons les rues désertes pour arriver dans une salle où beaucoup de gens attendent sur des bancs. Au retour, Maman applique ses mains sur mes tempes et me demande de regarder le plus possible à droite, puis à gauche et cela de nombreuses fois. Je lui demande à quoi ça sert. L’après-midi, nous allons à la plage. Je fais un château de sable quand, soudain, un petit garçon s’approche et d’un ton moqueur, dit à ses copains : Ah ! t’as vu, elle louche. C’est la douche froide, je suis anéantie. Je cours voir Maman en pleurant et lui explique ce que m’a dit le petit garçon. Maman me console un peu. Et puis, nous n’en parlons plus. A PROPOS DE L’AUTEUR Je connais une enfance peu chaleureuse auprès de parents cultivateurs en région parisienne. Départ en pension à 11 ans et opération du strabisme à 18 ans. Après le bac, je travaille en tant que secrétaire et j’assiste ma sœur qui se drogue. Vers la trentaine, j’entame une thérapie. J’apporte mon aide aux enfants malades dans les hôpitaux. Je commence un atelier d’écriture et je pratique calligraphie et peinture chinoises. Vers la quarantaine, je suis un parcours universitaire et deviens formatrice en français pour les étrangers. Je connais le chômage et fais du bénévolat chez Emmaüs. Lorsque ma situation s’améliore, je fais quelques voyages (France, Italie, Norvège, les Antilles, Grèce). Je commence un long travail d’écriture et de dessin (pastel...). Je m’intègre dans le monde parisien de la poésie (publication du recueil français grec Florilège) et je rédige mon autobiographie Autant qu’il m’en souvienne.
Not Dead Yet
Phil Collins pulls no punches—about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that’s inspired his music. In his much-awaited memoir, Not Dead Yet, he tells the story of his epic career, with an auspicious debut at age 11 in a crowd shot from the Beatles’ legendary film A Hard Day’s Night. A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on the job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis. Soon, he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel and begin to stockpile the songs that would rocket him to international fame with the release of Face Value and “In the Air Tonight.” Whether he’s recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, or writing the music for Disney’s smash-hit animated Tarzan, Collins’s storytelling chops never waver. And of course he answers the pressing question on everyone’s mind: just what does “Sussudio” mean? Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins’s candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines. As one of only three musicians to sell 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air, but has never lost his touch at crafting songs from the heart that touch listeners around the globe. That same touch is on magnificent display here, especially as he unfolds his harrowing descent into darkness after his “official” retirement in 2007, and the profound, enduring love that helped save him. This is Phil Collins as you’ve always known him, but also as you’ve never heard him before. From the Hardcover edition.
An international best-seller with more than one million copies in print and a winner of France's Prix Goncourt, The Lover has been acclaimed by critics all over the world since its first publication in 1984. Set in the prewar Indochina of Marguerite Duras's childhood, this is the haunting tale of a tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover. In spare yet luminous prose, Duras evokes life on the margins of Saigon in the waning days of France's colonial empire, and its representation in the passionate relationship between two unforgettable outcasts. Long unavailable in hardcover, this edition of The Lover includes a new introduction by Maxine Hong Kingston that looks back at Duras's world from an intriguing new perspective--that of a visitor to Vietnam today. From the Hardcover edition.
The Character of Rain
The Japanese believe that until the age of three, children, whether Japanese or not, are gods, each one an okosama, or "lord child." On their third birthday they fall from grace and join the rest of the human race. In Amelie Nothomb's new novel, The Character of Rain, we learn that divinity is a difficult thing from which to recover, particularly if, like the child in this story, you have spent the first tow and a half years of life in a nearly vegetative state. "I remember everything that happened to me after the age of two and one-half," the narrator tells us. She means this literally. Once jolted out of her plant-like , tube-like trance (to the ecstatic relief of her concerned parents), the child bursts into existence, absorbing everything that Japan, where her father works as a diplomat, has to offer. Life is an unfolding pageant of delight and danger, a ceaseless exploration of pleasure and the limits of power. Most wondrous of all is the discovery of water: oceans, seas, pools, puddles, streams, ponds, and, perhaps most of all, rain-one meaning of the Japanese character for her name. Hers is an amphibious life. The Character of Rain evokes the hilarity, terror, and sanctity of childhood. As she did in the award-winning, international bestesller Fear and Trembling, Nothomb grounds the novel in the outlines of her experiences in Japan, but the self-portrait that emerges from these pages is hauntingly universal. Amelie Nothomb's novels are unforgettable immersion experiences, leaving you both holding your breath with admiration, your lungs aching, and longing for more.
The Painted Bird
Originally published in 1965, The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. Kosinski's story follows a dark-haired, olive-skinned boy, abandoned by his parents during World War II, as he wanders alone from one village to another, sometimes hounded and tortured, only rarely sheltered and cared for. Through the juxtaposition of adolescence and the most brutal of adult experiences, Kosinski sums up a Bosch-like world of harrowing excess where senseless violence and untempered hatred are the norm. Through sparse prose and vivid imagery, Kosinski's novel is a story of mythic proportion, even more relevant to today's society than it was upon its original publication.
The Death Instinct
France's Public Enemy Number One from the late 1960s to the end of the 1970s--when he was killed by police in a sensational traffic shootout--Jacques Mesrine (1936-1979) is the best-known criminal in French history. Mesrine was notorious both for his violent exploits and for the media attention he attracted, and he remains very much a public media figure in France and Europe. In 2008 there were two feature-length films based on his life, one of them starring Vincent Cassel in the lead role. Mesrine wrote "The Death Instinct" while serving time in the high-security prison La Sante; the manuscript was smuggled out of the prison and was later published by Guy Debord's publisher Gerard Lebovici (who briefly adopted Mesrine's daughter, Sabrina, before being assassinated, a few years after Mesrine). "The Death Instinct" deals with the early years of Mesrine's criminal life, including a horrifically graphic description of a murder he committed early on in his career and a highly detailed account of the workings of the French criminal underworld--making this book perhaps one of the most intriguing and detailed anthropological studies of a criminal culture ever written.
Philosophy and Arts in the Islamic World
The volume contains 26 contributions to literature, philosophy, linguistics and epigraphy in Islamic culture, ranging from pre-Islamic poetry to contemporary prose, from the Ihwan as-Safa to the theology of Mawdudi, from lexicography to epigraphy. These papers were read at the Eighteenth International Congress of the Union Europeenne des Arabisants et Islamisants, organized by the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) from 3 to 10 September 1996. A second volume of proceedings, that appears along with this one (OLA 86), is more concerned with questions of actuality and political organisation, including Christian minorities in the Arab world, in their relation to the Muslim environment. As such the two volumes put together, will provide to the world of learning, we may say, an overall picture of the current scientific investigations about Islamic culture and society.
Promise at Dawn
A romantic, thrilling memoir that has become a French classic. Promise at Dawn by Romain Gary (1914-80), a classic of modern French literature, has all the earmarks of a richly romantic novel. It is all the more thrilling, therefore, to read it and know that this is not fiction but a real-life story. As a young child, Romain Gary’s mother told him that a day would come when he would have to challenge and conquer the evil demons of submission and defeat. After all, he was to be a French military hero, ambassador, noted writer, and ladies’ man . . . . Thus anticipating battle, by the time of his death he had won the Cross of the Liberation, the Croix de Guerre, the Legion of Honor, the Prix Goncourt (the last rather a comedown, as his mother had mentioned the Nobel Prize); and he had been the French consul-general in Los Angeles. Promise at Dawn begins as the story of a mother’s sacrifice. Alone and poor she fights fiercely to give her son the very best. Gary chronicles his childhood with her in Russia, Poland, and on the French Riveria. And he recounts his adventurous life as a young man fighting for France in World War II. But above all he tells the story of the love for his mother that was his very life, their secret and private planet, their wonderland "born out of a mother’s murmur into a child’s ear, a promise whispered at dawn of future triumphs and greatness, of justice and love."