Down with Big Brother
Author: Michael Dobbs
Publisher: A&C Black
The author of this volume was present during the final decade of the Soviet empire, first for Reuters, then for the "Washington Post". While Dobbs watched, playwrights and elctricians were transformed into presidents, while Communist Party leaders became jailbirds or newly-minted tycoons. He identifies the seeds of destruction, and shows how Mikhail Gorbachev, in particular, was the unwitting inspiration for the upheaval of the empire, while he thought he could save the Communist Party by reforming it.;Dobbs' conclusion is that though Big Brother may be dead, his dark legacy is still alive in the turbulence in Russia, Romania, Bosnia and other countries that once made up the most brutal empire of the 20th century.
Author: Lionel Shriver
Publisher: Harper Collins
Big Brother is a striking novel about siblings, marriage, and obesity from Lionel Shriver, the acclaimed author the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. For Pandora, cooking is a form of love. Alas, her husband, Fletcher, a self-employed high-end cabinetmaker, now spurns the “toxic” dishes that he’d savored through their courtship, and spends hours each day to manic cycling. Then, when Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn’t recognize him. In the years since they’ve seen one another, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? After Edison has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It’s him or me. Rich with Shriver’s distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother is about fat: an issue both social and excruciatingly personal. It asks just how much sacrifice we'll make to save single members of our families, and whether it's ever possible to save loved ones from themselves.
The Suicide Shop
Author: Jean Teulé
Publisher: Gallic Books
Has your life been a failure? Let's make your death a success.
Savoir Faire Plus
Author: Géraldine Enjelvin
Written by an experienced tutor, Savoir-Faire Plus is specifically designed to meet the requirements of today’s generation of language undergraduates. Focusing on the life of an Anglophone first year undergraduate studying French in the UK and sharing a house with four francophone students, this engaging textbook provides: a clear, logical structure a blend of communicative, research-based and traditional exercises a wide range of activities covering the four key linguistic skills as well as intercultural skills authentic texts (with extracts from Le Monde, L’Express, Le Nouvel Observateur and Libération) guidance and practical tips for effective and independent learning. Each of the ten chapters consists of four topics-based sections which provide students with a wealth of diverse material allowing them to gain an in-depth knowledge of relevant topical subjects such as regional languages, sustainable development and fair trade, amongst others. Digestible grammar points are integrated throughout and a range of additional exercises are available on the Companion Website allowing students to perfect their language skills. Suitable for both self-study and class use Savoir Faire Plus is the ideal course for all advanced students of French, consolidating knowledge gained at A-Level while supporting the transition to undergraduate study. The Companion Website can be found at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415444750
Author: Claude Rivière
This engaging, knowledgeable book traces the American path France has followed since resolving its searing Algerian conflict in 1962. Barnett Singer convincingly demolishes two pervasive clichés about modern France: first, that the country has never been fit to fight wars, including wars on terror; and second, that the French have always been and remain overwhelmingly anti-American. The end of the war led to an important sea change, clearing the way for France to embrace American culture, especially rock 'n' roll, and more generally, an American-style emphasis on personal happiness. The author argues that today's France, wounded by the loss of traditions and stability, is increasingly pro-American, clinging to trends from across the Atlantic as to a lifeline.
Author: Wysteria Wilde
Publisher: JK Publishing
Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences 18+. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content. MF. Continuation storyline. In book two of What Was Everything: Nick Bignanni and Annabel LaFrance believe they are destined to be together, and after overcoming some difficult setbacks, they think they have finally found a way to make it work—without any interference from the outside world. They were wrong. Nick is still keeping secrets and battling his own personal demons as he tries desperately to protect Annabel from her own brother—his roommate and former best friend Michael LaFrance—who is unraveling more and more each day with devious intentions and a sinister plan. Annabel has vowed to accept Nick, flaws and all, and is determined to do whatever possible to keep their relationship moving forward. But she had no idea of the depth of deception running beneath the surface of all that she believes to be true about Nick. And when she turns to her best friend, Brooks, for support, she finds out that he has a deep dark secret of his own. As secrets are exposed, and trust is broken, all four of their lives become intertwined in a profound and twisted way that will change everything. Betrayal and lies and dysfunctional family ties ultimately set into motion a deadly chain of events from which someone will not escape—altering the lives of all of them forever. If everything they thought they had, never actually existed—where does that leave them now? What happens when what was everything is no longer anything? Can love truly conquer all?
Author: Margaret A. Majumdar
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Postcolonial theory is one of the key issues of scholarly debates worldwide; debates, so the author argues, which are rather sterile and characterized by a repetitive reworking of old hackneyed issues, focussing on cultural questions of language and identity in particular. She explores the divergent responses to the debates on globalization.
Author: Aurélien Masson
Publisher: Akashic Books
All original stories from Paris' finest authors, all translated from French.
Coming-of-age novel, detective story and a gripping as well as touching book about love and memory, "My Brother and His Brother" tells the story of 18-year-old Jonas and his quest to discover the truth about the deceased older brother he never got to meet.
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
Publisher: Little, Brown
Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood-facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf-his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong. Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir and his own detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits-from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth-and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting. Marked by Foer's profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, widely loved, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told-and the stories we now need to tell.
Village of Secrets
Author: Caroline Moorehead
Publisher: Harper Collins
From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the absorbing story of a French village that helped save thousands hunted by the Gestapo during World War II—told in full for the first time. Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is a small village of scattered houses high in the mountains of the Ardèche, one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Eastern France. During the Second World War, the inhabitants of this tiny mountain village and its parishes saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, freemasons, communists, OSS and SOE agents, and Jews. Many of those they protected were orphaned children and babies whose parents had been deported to concentration camps. With unprecedented access to newly opened archives in France, Britain, and Germany, and interviews with some of the villagers from the period who are still alive, Caroline Moorehead paints an inspiring portrait of courage and determination: of what was accomplished when a small group of people banded together to oppose their Nazi occupiers. A thrilling and atmospheric tale of silence and complicity, Village of Secrets reveals how every one of the inhabitants of Chambon remained silent in a country infamous for collaboration. Yet it is also a story about mythmaking, and the fallibility of memory. A major contribution to WWII history, illustrated with black-and-white photos, Village of Secrets sets the record straight about the events in Chambon, and pays tribute to a group of heroic individuals, most of them women, for whom saving others became more important than their own lives.
Che, My Brother
Author: Juan Martin Guevara, Armelle Vincent
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
On 9 October 1967, Ernesto Che Guevara, Marxist guerrilla leader and hero of the Cuban Revolution, was captured and executed by Bolivian forces. When the Guevara family learned from the front pages that Che was dead, they decided to say nothing. Fifty years on, his younger brother, Juan Martin, breaks the silence to narrate his intimate memories and share with us his views of the character behind one of history's most iconic figures. Juan Martin brings Che back to life, as a caring and protective older brother. Alongside the many practical jokes and escapades they undertook together, Juan Martin also relates the two extraordinary months he spent with the Comandante in 1959, in Havana, at the epicentre of the Cuban Revolution. He remembers Che as an idealist and adventurer and also as a committed intellectual. And he tells us of their parents - eccentric, cultivated, bohemian - and of their brothers and sisters, all of whom played a part in his political awakening. This unique autobiographical account sheds new light on a figure who continues to be revered as a symbol of revolutionary action and who remains a source of inspiration for many who believe that the struggle for a better world is not in vain.
Author: Maxim Jakubowski
Publisher: Profile Books
Paris Noir is a collection of new stories about the dark side of Paris, with contributions by leading French, British, and American authors who have all lived there. The stories range from quietly menacing to spectacularly violent, and include contributions from some of the most famous crime writers from both sides of the Atlantic. Contributors include: Cara Black, Jerome Charyn, Stella Duffy, Barry Gifford, Sparkle Hayter, John Harvey, Maxim Jakubowski, Jake Lamar, Dominique Manotti, Michael Moorcock, Jim Nisbet, Jean-Hughes Oppel, Scott Phillips, Romain Slocombe, Jason Starr, Dominique Sylvain, Marc Villard, and John Williams.
La Cité de la Joie
Author: Dominique Lapierre
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Depicts the efforts of four people to improve the harsh conditions of life in the impoverished and over-populated area of Calcutta, India