Un Fauteuil Sur La Seine

Autor: Amin Maalouf
Publisher: Grasset
ISBN: 2246861683
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En racontant la vie et les aventures des dix-huit personnages qui se sont succédé au 29e fauteuil de l'Académie française depuis 1634, Amin Maalouf ne retrace pas seulement cette « généalogie en partie fictive » dont parlait son prédécesseur Lévi-Strauss ; il nous fait revivre de manière charnelle, incarnée, quatre siècles d’histoire de France. Si « un roman est un miroir que l’on promène le long d'un chemin », selon le mot de Stendhal, le roman de la France que nous relate ici l’auteur est une Légende des Siècles à partir d'un fauteuil. Son premier occupant se noie dans la Seine, Montherlant se suicide dans son appartement avec vue sur la Seine, et l’Académie elle-même siège dans un petit périmètre longé par la Seine, entre le Louvre et le quai Conti ; unité d’un lieu à partir duquel se déploie le kaléidoscope d’une histoire en train de se faire. Le pouvoir des rois et des cardinaux, des hommes d’épée et des négociateurs, l’autorité grandissante ou déclinante des philosophes et des savants, l’influence des poètes, des librettistes, des dramaturges et des romanciers : autant de visages de la gloire qui nous parlent des âges différents de la Nation. Les conflits d’idées et d’égos, les cabales pour faire trébucher Corneille, Voltaire ou Hugo, les intrigues de couloir et les histoires d’amour contrariées tissent la trame de cette si singulière histoire de France. On revisite ici la querelle du Cid et la révocation de l’Edit de Nantes, la Fronde et le jansénisme, l’expulsion des jésuites et l’émergence de la franc-maçonnerie, la Révolution de 1789, l'insurrection du 13 Vendémiaire et le coup d’état du 18 Brumaire, le Second Empire, la guerre de 1870 et la Commune de Paris, l’invention de l'anesthésie et celle des funérailles nationales, l’Affaire Dreyfus et les grandes guerres du XXe siècle... À partir d’un simple fauteuil, lieu de mémoire fragile et chaleureux posé sur les bords de la Seine, Amin Maalouf nous fait redécouvrir les riches heures du passé de la France, la permanence de son « génie national », ainsi que ses constantes métamorphoses.

Origins

Autor: Amin Maalouf
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429953634
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Origins, by the world-renowned writer Amin Maalouf, is a sprawling, hemisphere-spanning, intergenerational saga. Set during the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first quarter of the twentieth—in the mountains of Lebanon and in Havana, Cuba—Origins recounts the family history of the generation of Maalouf's paternal grandfather, Boutros Maalouf. Maalouf sets out to discover the truth about why Boutros, a poet and educator in Lebanon, traveled across the globe to rescue his younger brother, Gabrayel, who had settled in Havana. What follows is the gripping excavation of a family's hidden past. Maalouf is an energetic and amiable narrator, illuminating the more obscure corners of late Ottoman nationalism, the psychology of Lebanese sectarianism, and the dynamics of family quarrels. He moves with great agility across time and space, and across genres of writing. But he never loses track of his story's central thread: his quest to lift the shadow of legend from his family's past. Origins is at once a gripping family chronicle and a timely consideration of Lebanese culture and politics.

Disordered World

Autor: Amin Maalouf
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1608196283
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Born into a Christian minority in Lebanon and since settled in France, acclaimed writer Amin Maalouf claims a unique position in global conversation. His first book, The Crusades through Arab Eyes, was a critical and commercial success and remains in print after 20 years. In Disordered World, Maalouf combines his command of history with a critical perspective on contemporary culture East and West-joining them with a fierce moral clarity and a fluid, propulsive style. In this "disordered world" of ours, Maalouf argues, the human race faces any number of urgent threats: climate change, global financial crisis, humanitarian disasters. Yet these threats have not united us. In fact, tensions are rising between the Arab world and the West. This is not, Maalouf maintains, a "clash of civilizations." We lack ideological debate because there seems to be no common ground on which to start discussion. Rather, our civilizations are exhausted, declined into moral incompetence. The West has betrayed its enlightenment values, even as it pushes democracy abroad. The Arab world, nostalgic for its golden era, has rushed toward radicalism. Maalouf eruditely examines a century of confrontations between our cultures, from the secularization of Turkey under Ataturk, through Nasser and the Suez Crisis, the Six Day War, the Camp David Accords and the assassination of Sadat, and the U.S. wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. We keep adapting, Maalouf argues, our ancestral prejudices for contemporary scenarios. But in a voice that is intelligent, impassioned, and remarkably hopeful, Maalouf imagines that in the face of common challenges, we might just invent a new conception of the world we all share.

Leo Africanus

Autor: Amin Maalouf
Publisher: New Amsterdam Books
ISBN: 1461663318
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"I, Hasan the son of Muhammad the weigh-master, I, Jean-Leon de Medici, circumcised at the hand of a barber and baptized at the hand of a pope, I am now called the African, but I am not from Africa, nor from Europe, nor from Arabia. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. I am the son of the road, my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages." Thus wrote Leo Africanus, in his fortieth year, in this imaginary autobiography of the famous geographer, adventurer, and scholar Hasan al-Wazzan, who was born in Granada in 1488. His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa. Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, journeys rich in adventure and observation. He was captured by a Sicilian pirate and taken back to Rome as a gift to Pope Leo X, who baptized him Johannes Leo. While in Rome, he wrote the first trilingual dictionary (Latin, Arabic and Hebrew), as well as his celebrated Description of Africa, for which he is still remembered as Leo Africanus.

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Autor: Amin Maalouf
Publisher: Saqi
ISBN: 0863568483
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European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. For Arabs, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were years of strenuous efforts to repel a brutal and destructive invasion by barbarian hordes. Under Saladin, an unstoppable Muslim army inspired by prophets and poets finally succeeded in destroying the most powerful Crusader kingdoms. The memory of this greatest and most enduring victory ever won by a non-European society against the West still lives in the minds of millions of Arabs today. Amin Maalouf has sifted through the works of a score of contemporary Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants in the events. He retells their stories in their own vivacious style, giving us a vivid portrait of a society rent by internal conflicts and shaken by a traumatic encounter with an alien culture. He retraces two critical centuries of Middle Eastern history, and offers fascinating insights into some of the forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today. 'Well-researched and highly readable.' Guardian 'A useful and important analysis adding much to existing western histories ... worth recommending to George Bush.' London Review of Books 'Maalouf tells an inspiring story ... very readable ... warmly recommended.' Times Literary Supplement 'A wide readership should enjoy this vivid narrative of stirring events.' The Bookseller 'Very well done indeed ... Should be put in the hands of anyone who asks what lies behind the Middle East's present conflicts.' Middle East International

The Rock Of Tanios

Autor: Amin Maalouf
Publisher: George Braziller
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Tanios, the illegitimate son of a powerful Sheik, becomes caught up in the political intrigues of the Middle East

The Book Of Khalid

Autor: Ameen Rihani
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3732680789
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Reproduction of the original: The Book of Khalid by Ameen Rihani

In The Name Of Identity

Autor: Amin Maalouf
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1611453240
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An award-winning author explores why so many people commit crimes in the name of identity. "Makes for compelling reading in America today."--"The New York Times."