Author: Sylvie Parizet,Université de Paris X: Nanterre
Publisher: Presses Universitaires de Paris 10
Category: Literature and society
Nous sommes portes a admirer les figures littéraires que la tradition nous a léguées. Dans un même temps, un mouvement de répulsion nous saisit lorsqu'on songe à la façon dont les politiques de tous bords ont pu utiliser certains grands récits mythiques. Mais peut-on raisonnablement croire en une continuité entre le texte littéraire, qui serait d'essence noble, et la vie politique, qui ferait un vil usage de ce précieux héritage ? La distinction n'est pas si tranchée, et c'est précisément cette ambivalence des œuvres d'art - poèmes, romans, pièces de théâtre, opéras ou films - qui s'avère intéressante. Si les mythes, qui possèdent souvent une dimension religieuse ou sacrée à l'origine, mettent en lumière des enjeux philosophiques, éthiques et métaphysiques, ils sont aussi porteurs d'une réflexion d'ordre politique. Cet ouvrage explore les arcanes de ces lectures politiques des mythes littéraires, peu étudiées jusqu'à présent, en privilégiant une période particulièrement mouvementée : le XXe siècle. La Révolution russe, l'éclatement de l'Europe en 1918, la naissance de " l'Empire américain ", la montée des totalitarismes, la Shoah, Hiroshima, la décolonisation ou la guerre froide sont autant de douloureuses remises en question dont on trouve l'écho dans des œuvres qui font appel à de grandes figures mythiques " revisitées ".
Author: Alfred Rosenberg
Publisher: Ostara Publications
Regarded as the second most important book to come out of Nazi Germany, Alfred Rosenberg's Der Mythus des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts is a philosophical and political map which outlines the ideological background to the Nazi Party and maps out how that party viewed society, other races, social ordering, religion, art, aesthetics and the structure of the state. The "Mythus" to which Rosenberg (who was also editor of the Nazi Party newspaper) refers was the concept of blood, which, according to the preface, "unchains the racial world-revolution." Rosenberg's no-hold barred depiction of the history of Christianity earned it the accusation that it was anti-Christian, and that unjustified controversy overshadowed the most interesting sections of the book which deal with the world racial situation and the demand for racially homogenous states as the only method to preserve individual world cultures. Rosenberg was hanged at Nuremberg on charges of "waging wars of aggression" even though he had never served in the military, and it is likely that he was hanged purely because of this book.
Prelude to a Declaration of Duties Towards Mankind
Author: Simone Weil
First published in 1978. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Author: Tony Harrison
Harrison uses the Greek myth of Prometheus (who stole fire from the gods to give to man) as his starting point in this verse play, to address man's misuse and abuse of the environment.
Author: Robert Graves
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"The classic memoir of World War I, by poet Robert Graves (first published in 1929), with a new introduction by Miranda Seymour"--
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Publisher: House of Stratus
When Michael Herne is asked to play a king in a medieval play he reluctantly agrees. After the play is over, other actors find it impossible to return to their real character. Set in the early 20th Century, this is the intriguing story of the rise of a new Don Quixote who introduces a medieval government into the world of big business.
Author: Marie Darrieussecq
Publisher: Text Publishing
A powerful, hilarious and achingly honest story about a young French girl discovering her sexuality. Solange wants to have sex. Will it be with one of the boys at school? The exchange student? The fireman she meets at the disco when she sneaks out one night? Or with Arnaud, the coolest boy she knows? She'd like to see more of her father, even though he's so embarrassing. As for her mother, she's too depressed. Something to do with the photo of the dead boy on the mantelpiece. Monsieur Bihotz, her neighbour who lives alone now his mother has died, is supposed to be her babysitter but Solange has other ideas. There's really not much scope in her boring village, Cleves. But who cares, Solange will get to do it, go all the way, whatever it takes. Marie Darrieussecq's All the Way is a brilliant and hilarious picture of an adolescent girl. Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in Bayonne, France. Her debut novel, Pig Tales was published in thirty-four countries. Four other novels have also been translated into English, My Phantom Husband, A Brief Stay with the Living, White and Tom Is Dead. Marie Darrieussecq lives in Paris with her husband and children. textpublishing.com.au 'Another astonishing work by Darrieussecq. All the Way is a stunning achievement.' M. J. Hyland 'A dreamy and daring narrative.' Courier Mail and Daily Telegraph 'Explicit, funny and unsentimental, All the Way captures what it's like to be under-age and out of your mind with desire. Darrieussecq is a sublime writer with real insight.' Saturday Age and Sydney Morning Herald 'Darrieussecq is excellent at evoking the ever-shifting boundaries of the adolescent world. She also poignantly depicts the complexities of parent-child relationships and their often turbulent period during adolescence.' Weekend Australian '[A] sharp, funny and honest description of a girl coming to grips with her blooming sexuality.' Herald Sun 'All the Way offers insight into the confusing world of adolescence and sexual awakening and is unsettling in its honesty.' Launceston Examiner 'Darrieussecq is not afraid to break social taboos, nor does she flinch from the utter selfishness that accompanies adolescence...sad, funny and challenging.' Otago Daily Times 'There are few writers who may have changed my perception of the world, but Darrieussecq is one of them.' The Times 'The internationally celebrated author who illuminates those parts of life other writers cannot or do not want to reach.' Independent
William von Humbolt wrote of Aeschylus' that"among all the products of the Greek stage, none can compare with it in tragic power; no other play shows the same intensityand pureness of belief in the divine and good; none can surpassthe lessons it teaches a
An English Translation
Author: Claire de Durfort Duras (duchesse de)
Publisher: Modern Language Association
During the French Revolution, an African girl raised in an aristocratic family in France becomes aware of the prejudices against her race and struggles to accept her life as a Black woman
Author: Giordano Bruno
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Le tour de la France par deux enfants
Author: Assia Djebar
Publisher: Quartet Books (UK)
Category: Algerian fiction (English)
Evocation of the dreams and suffering of women in early Islam.
Author: Yan Lianke
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
From master storyteller Yan Lianke, winner of the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize and a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, The Four Books is a powerful, daring novel of the dog-eat-dog psychology inside a labor camp for intellectuals during Mao’s Great Leap Forward. A renowned author in China, and among its most censored, Yan’s mythical, sometimes surreal tale cuts to the bone in its portrayal of the struggle between authoritarian power and man’s will to prevail against the darkest odds through camaraderie, love, and faith. In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling reeducation compound, freethinking artists and academics are detained to strengthen their loyalty to Communist ideologies. Here, the Musician and her lover, the Scholar along with the Author and the Theologian are forced to carry out grueling physical work and are encouraged to inform on each other for dissident behavior. The prize: winning the chance at freedom. They're overseen by preadolescent supervisor, the Child, who delights in reward systems and excessive punishments. When agricultural and industrial production quotas are raised to an unattainable level, the ninety-ninth district dissolves into lawlessness. And then, as inclement weather and famine set in, they are abandoned by the regime and left alone to survive.
Author: Bernard Werber
Publisher: Random House
Ants came to this planet long before man. Since then they have developed one of the most intricate civilizations imaginable – a civilization of great richness and technological brilliance. During the few seconds it takes you to read this sentence, some 700 milli0on ants will be born on earth... Edmond Wells had studied ants for years: he knew of the power which existed in their hidden world. On his death, he leaves his apartment to his nephew Jonathan with one proviso: that he must not descend beyond the cellar door. But when the family’s dog escapes down the cellar steps, Jonathan has little alternative but to follow. Innocently he enters the world of the ant, whose struggle for existence forces him to reassess man’s place in the cycle of nature. It is an experience that will alter his life for ever... Empire of the Ants is an extraordinary achievement. It takes you inside the ants’ universe and reveals it to be a highly organised world, as complex and relentless as human society and even more brutal.