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L’Afrique du Sud sous les projecteurs du cinéma

par Annael Le Poullennec, publié le 19/11/2014

article.png Vous trouverez sur cette page les textes et images réunis à l’occasion de l’Exposition Afrique du Sud, réalisée par la bibliothèque de l’Université d’Evry dans le cadre du colloque SCRIPT. Annael Le Poullennec évoque ici les grandes étapes et les grands films qui jalonnent l’histoire du cinéma sud-africain.

The Brooklyn Follies: extracts

par Juliette Tran, publié le 08/10/2009

article.png « I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn, and so the next morning I traveled down there from Westchester to scope out the terrain. »

Fiche de lecture : Possession, A.S. Byatt

par Christine Bini, publié le 05/03/2009

article.png Roland Michell, jeune chercheur spécialiste de l’œuvre du poète victorien Randolph Henry Ash, découvre – et dérobe – deux lettres du poète, qui laissent présager d’une liaison avec une jeune femme, elle-même poète et écrivain, qu’il identifiera comme étant Christabel LaMotte. En suivant cette piste, qui a toutes les chances de révolutionner les recherches en cours sur la période, il fait la connaissance de Maud Bailey, universitaire froide et élégante, spécialiste de l’œuvre de Christabel.

Fiche de lecture : Arthur and George, Julian Barnes

par Thibaud Harrois, publié le 07/05/2008

article.png The novel is based on an actual story, known as the "Great Wyrley Outrages". At the end of the 19th century, George Edalji, a solicitor from Great Wyrley, a village near Birmingham, was wrongly found guilty of slaying a number of farm animals. He was sentenced to seven years in jail. In 1906, Edalji was released but he was not pardoned. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was involved in the case. Indeed, he tried to prove the man's innocence and was at the source of what was considered as an English Dreyfus Case.

Fiche de lecture : Celebration, Harold Pinter

par Juliette Dorotte, publié le 07/05/2008

article.png In a posh restaurant, two couples of friends, Matt and Prue, and Lambert and Julie, are having lunch. They are together to celebrate Lambert and Julie's wedding anniversary, but the mood is not proper to celebration. At an adjacent table, another couple is having a talk. Revelations are fusing on both sides: the man had an affair, and the woman reveals the dark side of her past. Before the six characters meet and make the general atmosphere even tenser, three characters come and go between the tables: the owner of the restaurant, a waitress, and a mythomaniac waiter.

Fiche de lecture : Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer

par Alice Bonzom, publié le 07/05/2008

article.png The novel narrates the story of Oskar Schell, a precocious nine-year-old inventor, pacifist, percussionist, and Francophile, whose father died during the attacks of 9/11. A couple of years after his father’s death, he finds a mysterious key in an envelope with the name “Black” on it, in a vase in a closet. Sure that the key belonged to his father, he decides to visit everyone named “Black” in the five boroughs of New York to discover what it opens. Intertwined with Oskar’s quest are letters written by his grandparents, who went through the bombings of Dresden in the Second World War.

Fiche de lecture : On Beauty, Zadie Smith

par Claire Poinsot, publié le 07/05/2008

article.png The Belseys have always claimed to be liberal and atheist, but when their eldest son Jerome goes to work as an intern in England with his father Howard’s enemy the, ultra-conservative Christian Monty Kipps, there are bound to be a few mishaps. When Jerome finally returns home, the Kipps in turn move to Wellington, the town where the Belseys live. Working at the same university, Howard and Monty develop a rivalry, while their wives become friends. The novel hinges on the mirror effects and the interactions between the two families. Their relationship is a complex one which includes friendship, rivalry, lust and envy. Each family will have problems to solve, both personal and professional.

Fiche de lecture : The Bear Boy, Cynthia Ozick

par Anne Musset, publié le 07/05/2008

article.png The story is set in the outskirts of the Bronx in 1935. Rose Meadows, orphaned at the age of 18, becomes an assistant to Professor Mitwisser, a specialist of a 9th-century heretic Jewish sect. Professor Mitwisser, his wife (a renowned physicist but now a near-madwoman) and their five children are German refugees who survive thanks to their young benefactor James A’Bair. James is heir to the fortune amassed by his father, who took him as a model for a very popular series of children’s books called The Bear Boy. James is extremely wealthy but troubled, dispossessed of his identity. He leads a nomadic life and his latest whim is to support the Mitwisser family. Rose enters into this chaotic household, which becomes even more unstable with the arrival of James. Very soon this little precarious world verges on disaster.

Fiche de lecture : The Good Life, Jay McInerney

par Armelle Calonne, publié le 07/05/2008

article.png The Good Life is a story about many things: it deals with love and loss, with life and death, with contradictory feelings that, in the end, are all but one.

Fiche de lecture : The Discomfort Zone, Jonathan Franzen

par Auréliane Narvaez, publié le 03/05/2008

article.png Thirty years after the colorful 1970’s, hurricane Katrina, the Bush Administration’s failure, social inequalities are proof that America is sinking into the Discomfort Zone, along with the narrator who gives way to his discrete feeling of helplessness and invites us to live with it the way he does in a disenchanted but yet humourous way.

Fiche de lecture : The Body, Hanif Kureishi

par Laura Menard, publié le 03/05/2008

article.png The narrator of Hanif Kureishi’s novella is a British playwright in his mid-sixties called Adam who experiences the difficulty of living as an aging man. His struggle to maintain his self-esteem and joie de vivre prompts him to give a very cynical account of the old people’s situation in a society ruled by beauty, youth and desire. Adam’s gloomy life takes a favorable turn – or so he thinks … - when he meets Ralph, a handsome and young admirer of his, who secretly informs him he can look just as healthy and fit as he: he may be operated on to have his mind transferred from his old, decaying body to a New Body.

Fiche de lecture : Book of Longing, Leonard Cohen

par Mélanie Roche, publié le 03/05/2008

article.png Cohen's poetry – the title of the book makes no mystery of it – deals essentially with longing: longing for women, for God, or simply truth. What emerges from the whole book is the idea of an irretrievable loss. From the beginning, we learn that in spite of the author's retreat on Mount Baldy, enlightenment has hardly touched him: he has found neither God nor any essential truth.

Fiche de lecture : Blackbird, David Harrower

par Valentine Vasak, publié le 03/05/2008

article.png An unmanned canteen, food leftovers are spilt over the floor. Una, a young woman in her late twenties, pays a visit to Ray at his workplace; a photo of him in a trade magazine has put her on his track. The last time she saw him, she was twelve and he was over forty, they haven’t set eyes on each other since. Ray happens to be her former lover, the man who took her virginity when she was not even pubescent. Together they go over grievous memories: the disgrace that followed the disclosure of their affair for both Una whose parents refused to quit the neighbourhood exposing her to public humiliation, and Ray who spent six years in prison. Gradually, bygone feelings resurface questioning the morally unacceptable nature of their relationship.