Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo

By Victor Hugo

Paris, 1482. Autour de l. a. belle bohémienne Esmeralda, dont los angeles danse résonne sur le parvis de Notre-Dame, gravitent trois prétendants prêts à tout pour los angeles conquérir : Phoebus, noble capitaine, Claude Frollo, prêtre sans foi, et le célèbre Quasimodo, bossu au grand cœur…

Surplombant le roman, los angeles cathédrale, vivifiante Babel, lieu de shelter et d’épouvante aussi, voit se presser autour d’elle le peuple, acteur de l’Histoire en marche. Récit historique à los angeles langue pittoresque et roman noir tout de meurtres et de mystère, Notre-Dame de Paris connaît, aujourd’hui encore, une popularité sans égale. Ainsi que l’écrivait Lamartine à l’auteur en 1831 : « C’est une œuvre colossale, une pièce antédiluvienne. […] Je ne vois rien à comparer dans nos temps à Notre-Dame. C’est le Shakespeare du roman, c’est l’épopée du Moyen Âge, c’est je ne sais quoi ; mais grand, fortress, profond, massive, ténébreux comme l’édifice dont vous en avez fait le symbole. »

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Contre Dieu by Patrick Sénécal

By Patrick Sénécal

Que se passe-t-il dans los angeles tête d’un homme lorsqu’il perd, tout d’un coup, toutes ses raisons de vivre ? Quand tout ce qu’il a construit s’effondre? Que se passe-t-il quand on ne comprend pas pourquoi le kind s’acharne sur nous? Qu’est-ce qui nous retiens, maintenant que tout est fini, qu’on n’a plus rien, de ne pas devenir monstrueux ? Sur quoi construit-on sa vie lorsque plus aucune morale ne trouve prise sur nous ? Ta maison devient trop grande, tes amis commencent à t’énerver, tu disparais, tu te caches, tu coupes les ponts avec ta réalité, tu n’as même plus envie de voir ta propre famille. Tu ne cherches aucune aide, tu ne cherches personne. Tu ne veux plus rien. Tu as des idées noires, très noires. Et tu te mets à chercher un responsable. Et finalement, tu le trouves... Mais tu ne peux rien contre Lui. Patrick Senécal nous livre ici un roman fulgurant, un Coup de tête au sens le plus strict du terme !

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They Eat Horses Don't They?: The Truth About the French by Piu Marie Eatwell

By Piu Marie Eatwell

Myths in regards to the French debunked with an pleasing, fantastically illustrated journey of French heritage, society, and tradition like no other

Sex. Smoking. type. movie. Wine. ladies. Painters. Poets. and naturally, Paris. We might imagine we all know all of it, yet what are the truths at the back of our concept of the French?Here Piu Marie Eatwell explores the historical past to, and the modern facts for, forty five myths and misconceptions concerning the French. She unearths that lots of them are easily fake, and that even those who are commonly real are much more complex than initially sight. during her thorough—and completely entertaining—investigations, we find there's extra to the French than 365 sorts of cheese, and that the truth of contemporary French existence is particularly various from the myths that we create approximately it. They consume Horses, Don't They? was the winner of the 2014 subsequent new release Indie booklet Award within the Multicultural Non-Fiction class.

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France: The Dark Years, 1940-1944 by Julian Jackson

By Julian Jackson

This can be the 1st complete research of the German career of France among 1940 and 1944. the writer examines the character and quantity of collaboration and resistance, varied stories of profession, the persecution of the Jews, highbrow and cultural lifestyles lower than profession, and the purge trials that undefined. He concludes by way of tracing the legacy and reminiscence of the profession due to the fact 1945. Taking in traditional peoples' studies, this quantity uncovers the conflicting stories of career which make sure that even at the present time France maintains to discuss the legacy of the Vichy years.

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Alexis de Tocqueville, the First Social Scientist by Jon Elster

By Jon Elster

The e-book proposes a brand new interpretation of Alexis de Tocqueville that perspectives him at the start as a social scientist instead of as a political theorist. Drawing on his prior paintings at the rationalization of social habit, Elster argues that Tocqueville's major declare to our realization this present day rests at the huge variety of exportable causal mechanisms to be present in his paintings, lots of that are nonetheless helpful of additional exploration. Elster proposes a unique analyzing of Democracy in the USA within which the main explanatory variable is the swift monetary and political turnover instead of equality of wealth at any given time limit. He additionally deals a interpreting of The Ancien Régime and the Revolution as grounded within the mental family one of the peasantry, the bourgeoisie, and the the Aristocracy. regularly going past exegetical statement, he argues that Tocqueville is eminently worthy examining at the present time for his major and methodological insights.

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France since the 1970s: History, Politics and Memory in an by Emile Chabal

By Emile Chabal

Until eventually the mid-20th century, France observed itself as a superb strength with universalist aspirations and international goals. however the moment global conflict and decolonisation irrevocably replaced France's position on this planet. regardless of makes an attempt to revive the country's 'grandeur' within the Nineteen Sixties, the French were compelled to reconcile themselves to their modest position on the middle of a altering Europe. What influence has this had on political lifestyles? How have the French reimagined the progressive, republican and reactionary ideologies which have been so the most important to their heritage? How has the arriving of thousands of postcolonial migrants remodeled politics? those are only many of the questions on the middle of France because the Seventies. With contributions from prime experts on themes as diverse because the legacy of empire and neo-liberalism, it explores how the French have handled the pervasive experience of uncertainty that has turn into a defining function of up to date ecu politics.

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