En attendant Bojangles
Sous le regard émerveillé de leur fils, ils dansent sur «Mr. Bojangles» de Nina Simone. Leur amour est magique, vertigineux, une fête perpétuelle. Chez eux, il n’y a de place que pour le plaisir, la fantaisie et les amis. Celle qui mène le bal, c’est la mère, imprévisible et extravagante. Elle n’a de cesse de les entraîner dans un tourbillon de poésie et de chimères. Un jour, pourtant, elle va trop loin. Et père et fils feront tout pour éviter l’inéluctable, pour que la fête continue, coûte que coûte. L’amour fou n’a jamais si bien porté son nom.
OUT OF BROKEN GLASS
“Out of Broken Glass” is the true story of a young German Jewish boy who endures and overcomes Nazi terror and hardship and finds himself a lonely refugee among strangers in wartime England. Orphaned by the Holocaust, he comes to America where he serves in the U.S military and then converts an eight grade education into two college degrees and a successful professional career. He creates his own family, leads a colorful life that features extraordinary experiences and challenges to his past and to his faith and values. This is the uplifting memoir of Sel Hubert whose tranquil village life in Cronheim is shattered by the Nazis when, as a ten-year old, he is assaulted by his classmates and forced out of his school. Sent to live with strangers in Nürnberg, he becomes immersed in an Orthodox lifestyle and attends the Jewish school where he thrives scholastically. Caught up in the frenzy of a huge Nazi political rally, Sel maneuvers himself to look into the steely eyes of Adolf Hitler but escapes unhurt. No longer able to work and pay for Sel’s lodging, his father has to bring him home, only to live through the terror of Kristallnacht when the Nazis invade and trash their house and arrest his father who is sent to the notorious Dachau concentration camp. Devastated by that ordeal, Sel and his mother plead with the U.S. consulate for his father’s release and for permission to emigrate to the U.S. but are turned away. Expelled from their village, the family finds refuge with relatives in Augsburg, living in constant fear of further terror and arrest while trying desperately to flee Germany by any legal means. Suddenly, an offer comes to send just one child to safety in England on the Kindertransport. The Huberts face a cruel choice: which of their two children should they save -- thirteen year-old Sel or his older sister Emma? After a gut-wrenching family discussion, she is chosen in the hope that she can better help to secure a subsequent Kindertransport escape for him, which fortunately happens three months later. Sel bids an emotional farewell to his distraught mother and then travels with his father to the Munich railway station platform where he and hundreds of children say tearful good-bys before boarding a special train that takes them away from their parents, forever for most. He embarks on the terrifying lonely journey to freedom, not knowing where or with whom he will live and is taken in by a Jewish family King in London who makes him feel safe and welcome and restores his broken spirits. He develops close relationships with them and with the synagogue that sponsored his rescue and he writes reassuring letters home to his parents. But after only 6 weeks, he is again uprooted when, as war threatens, the government evacuates him with his school into the countryside where he is assigned to live with a childless Christian couple in a small village that has no Jews. War breaks out and his fears about the fate of his parents trapped in Germany escalate when he learns that they were “sent away”. Lonely and yearning for religious sustenance, he seeks spiritual comfort by attending a church service where his Jewish soul is unexpectedly renewed and nourished. Too proud to remain on charitable support, he quits school and starts to work in an office at age fourteen. He later moves into a hostel for Kindertransport refugees in Cambridge where he feels rejuvenated among his own peers and learns to become a motor mechanic. He turns down an offer to enter an Orthodox rabbinic school, reluctant to embrace and commit to such a lifestyle. Early in 1945, he crosses the U-Boat infested Atlantic to accept an invitation to live with relatives in New York where he joins the US Army Air Corps (now U.S. Air Force) and attains US citizenship. As sergeant in the Air Transport Command, he personally pleads with Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson to administer justice as he boards his military flight to be Chief Prosecutor of the top Nazis
Immaginate di essere un bambino e di avere un padre che non chiama mai vostra madre con lo stesso nome. Immaginate poi che a vostra madre quest’abitudine non dispiaccia affatto, poiché tutte le mattine, in cucina, tiene lo sguardo fisso e allegro su vostro padre, col naso dentro la tazza di latte oppure col mento tra le mani, in attesa del verdetto; e poi, felice, si volta verso lo specchio salutando la nuova Renée, o la nuova Joséphine, o la nuova Marylou... Se immaginate tutto questo, potete mettere piede nel fantastico universo familiare descritto dal bambino in queste pagine. Un universo in cui a reggere le sorti di tutto e tutti è Renée, Joséphine, Marylou... la madre. Di lei, suo marito dice che dà del tu alle stelle, ma in realtà dà del voi a tutti, a suo marito, al bambino e alla damigella di Numidia che vive nel loro appartamento, un grosso uccello strambo ed elegante che passeggia oscillando il lungo collo nero, le piume bianche e gli occhi di un rosso violento. Renée, Joséphine, Marylou, o anche, ogni 15 febbraio, Georgette, ama ballare con suo marito sempre e ovunque, di giorno e di notte, da soli e in compagnia degli amici, al suono soprattutto di Mister Bojangles di Nina Simone, una canzone gaia e triste allo stesso tempo. Per il resto del tempo si entusiasma e si estasia per ogni cosa, trovando incredibilmente divertente l’andare avanti del mondo. E non tratta il suo piccolo né da adulto né da bambino, ma come un personaggio da romanzo. Un romanzo che lei ama molto e nel quale s’immerge in ogni momento. Di una sola cosa non vuole sentire parlare: delle tristezze e degli inganni della vita; perciò ripete come un mantra ai suoi: «Quando la realtà è banale e triste, inventatemi una bella storia, voi che sapete mentire così bene». La realtà, però, è a volte molto banale e triste, così scioccamente triste che occorre più di una prodigiosa arte del mentire per continuare a gioire del mondo. Romanzo-rivelazione della recente stagione letteraria francese, accolto da uno strepitoso successo di pubblico e di critica in Francia, Aspettando Bojangles ha segnato il sontuoso esordio di Olivier Bourdeaut, uno scrittore «dalla disperata levità di un Fitzgerald» (Les Inrockuptibles). «Una bella storia d’amour fou». Les Inrockuptibles «Olivier Bourdeaut fa il suo esordio in letteratura con una storia semplice, bella e folle». Le Figaro
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Trans Sister Radio
With Trans-Sister Radio, Chris Bohjalian, author of the bestselling novels Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls, brings us a thought-provoking story about gender, love, and new relationships. When Allison Banks develops a crush on Dana Stevens, she knows that he will give her what she needs most: attention, gentleness, kindness, passion. Her daughter, Carly, enthusiastically witnesses the change in her mother. But then a few months into their relationship, Dana tells Allison his secret: he has always been certain that he is a woman born into the wrong skin, and soon he will have a sex-change operation. Allison, overwhelmed by the depth of her passion, finds herself unable to leave Dana. By deciding to stay, she finds she must confront questions most people never even consider. Not only will her own life and Carly’ s be irrevocably changed, she will have to contend with the outrage of a small Vermont community and come to terms with her lover’s new body–hoping against hope that her love will transcend the physical.
The Lamentations of Zeno
A literary fiction about climate disaster and a scientist imploding on a journey to the Antarctic Zeno Hintermeier is a scientist working as a travel guide on an Antarctic cruise ship, encouraging the wealthy to marvel at the least explored continent and to open their eyes to its rapid degradation. It is a troubling turn in the life of an idealistic glaciologist. Now in his early sixties, Zeno bewails the loss of his beloved glaciers, the disintegration of his marriage, and the foundering of his increasingly irrelevant career. Troubled in conscience and goaded by the smug complacency of the passengers in his charge, he starts to plan a desperate gesture that will send a wake-up call to an overheating world. The Lamentations of Zeno is an extraordinary evocation of the fragile and majestic wonders to be found at a far corner of the globe, written by a novelist who is a renowned travel writer. Poignant and playful, the novel recalls the experimentation of high-modernist fiction without compromising a limpid sense of place or the pace of its narrative. It is a portrait of a man in extremis, a haunting and at times irreverent tale that approaches the greatest challenge of our age—perhaps of our entire history as a species—from an impassioned human angle.
Frida ou la qu te insens e d un romantique moderne
Célibataire parisien et dépendant affectif, Julien se lance dans une quête éperdue et obsessionnelle sur les sites de rencontres pour trouver l’âme sœur. Ses errements de « romantique sexuel » l’amènent à croiser la route de toute une galerie de personnages féminins plus ou moins déroutants, en particulier Frida, une femme insolite, exubérante et écorchée vive. Leur rencontre va très vite dégénérer en un jeu du chat et de la souris tragi-comique à l’issue d’abord incertaine puis inattendue.
Beneath Venezuelan soil lies an ocean of crude--the world's largest reserves--an oil patch that shaped the nature of the global energy business. Unfortunately, a dysfunctional anti-American, leftist government controls this vast resource and has used its wealth to foster voter support, ultimately wreaking economic havoc. Crude Nation reveals the ways in which this mismanagement has led to Venezuela's economic ruin and turned the country into a cautionary tale for the world. Ra�l Gallegos, a former Caracas-based oil correspondent, paints a picture both vivid and analytical of the country's economic decline, the government's foolhardy economic policies, and the wrecked lives of Venezuelans. Without transparency, the Venezuelan government uses oil money to subsidize life for its citizens in myriad unsustainable ways, while regulating nearly every aspect of day-to-day existence in Venezuela. This has created a paradox in which citizens can fill up the tanks of their SUVs for less than one American dollar while simultaneously enduring nationwide shortages of staples such as milk, sugar, and toilet paper. Gallegos's insightful analysis shows how mismanagement has ruined Venezuela again and again over the past century and lays out how Venezuelans can begin to fix their country, a nation that can play an important role in the global energy industry.
The Double Bind
When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont’s back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, spending all her free time at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won’t let anyone see. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret–a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. In a tale that travels between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century, between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has written his most extraordinary novel yet. From the Trade Paperback edition.