• Mer, sable, soleil et euphorie d'être légalement à moitié nu : la plage est le symbole des utopies hippies du retour à la nature. C'est le lieu du dévoilement démocratique des corps, un endroit où s'exercent les ravages du tourisme, mais aussi un lieu de rêverie enfantine et d'émerveillement, un lieu de drague ou de méditation.
    La Vie pieds nus explore toutes les significations que peuvent avoir pour nous les étendues de sable fin ; des significations historiques ou intimes, tant nos souvenirs logent parfois dans l'esprit des lieux. Entre autobiographie, souvenirs et analyse culturelle, Alan Pauls passe en revue les multiples visages d'un espace clé de la vie moderne. Et nous livre un texte d'une intelligence mélancolique sur un sujet qui n'était jusque là pas encore entré en littérature par la grande porte.

  • ALAN PAULS
    HISTOIRE DE L'ARGENT

    Buenos Aires, dans les années 70. Un hélicoptère s'écrase au large de la ville. Le corps du passager est repêché mais la valise emplie de dollars qu'il transportait a mystérieusement disparu au fond du Río de la Plata. Cet obscur événement fait naître ce qui va devenir une véritable obsession dans l'esprit du jeune narrateur : le rôle tenu par l'argent dans sa vie et celle de ses proches. Et autant dire que son champ d'étude est vaste, entre son père qui ne jure que par le liquide dont il se débarrasse au casino, sa mère qui dilapide son héritage dans une villa en bord de mer, et la situation financière du pays, qui tourne au délire. Des souvenirs d'enfance évoqués avec tendresse aux grinçantes anecdotes de l'âge adulte, l'argent apparaît ici comme la vibrante métaphore de ce qui nous échappe irrémédiablement.
    Alan Pauls excelle une fois de plus à écrire l'histoire de son pays par le biais de l'intime : à travers le récit drôle et émouvant de cette famille peu à peu délivrée de son capital et de ses illusions, il recompose aussi à sa façon l'étourdissante tragi-comédie de l'Argentine de la fin du XXe siècle, placée sous le signe de la perte.


    Illustration de couverture :
    Mimmo ROTELLA, Senza titolo - 1958, décollage (détail)
    coll. M. Nazzaro - Rome
    © ADAGP, Paris 2013

    Traduit de l'espagnol (Argentine) par Serge Mestre
    ISBN : 978-2-267-02525-5

  • On peut être un intellectuel raffiné et cultiver des manies assez frivoles. C'est le cas du narrateur d'Histoire des cheveux qui a développé une véritable obsession à l'égard de sa coiffure. Il la juge trop bourgeoise et rêve d'une coupe « afro ». Si, faute de mieux, il est prêt à s'accommoder d'une coupe moins révolutionnaire, le narrateur n'en souhaite pas moins qu'elle soit parfaite et le rende libre. Une préoccupation qui le conduit à se le lier à une série de personnages insolites : Celso, le génial coiffeur paraguayen, qui disparaît sans prévenir ; Monti, son ami d'enfance, qui refait irruption dans sa vie ; et le mystérieux Vétéran, de retour à Buenos Aires après des décennies d'exil en Europe. Autant de rencontres qui rythment cette évocation subtile et poétique de la décennie la plus sombre de l'histoire argentine.

    « Un roman actuel, irrévérencieux, qui dialogue avec le présent et flirte avec la parodie politique. Une façon d'approcher l'histoire depuis les marges, les artifices. » (D. Gándara, La Razon)

  • Tandis qu'il regarde à la télévision le palais de la Moneda brûler à Santiago du Chili, le 11 septembre 1973, le narrateur d'Histoire des larmes ne parvient pas à pleurer. Malgré son jeune âge, il compte parmi les ardents partisans de la voie latino-américaine vers le socialisme, possède une solide formation marxiste et, à Buenos Aires où il vit avec sa mère, ne manque jamais d'acheter La Cause péroniste et autres revues révolutionnaires. S'il ne verse aucune larme, ce n'est pas davantage par manque de sensibilité : il est en effet persuadé qu'il n'est nul vrai bonheur sans son noyau incompressible de douleur et devient bien vite le confident des grandes personnes, le réceptacle silencieux, toujours disponible de leurs souffrances. Que lui est-il arrivé ? Une fois adulte, cet hypersensible qui ne sait plus pleurer mène l'enquête sur son propre passé dont il revisite les épisodes marquants.À la fois drôle, bouleversant et d'une incroyable richesse, Histoire des larmes est un formidable récit intimiste qui embrasse tout un pan de l'histoire de l'Argentine et de l'Amérique latine.Traduit de l'espagnol (Argentine) par Vincent Raynaud

  • Anglais The Past

    Alan Pauls

    'A novel that is brilliant enough to raise itself effortlessly above and beyond the level of the vices it portrays: strange art and reckless passion, cocaine, excessive exercise and other forms of addiction' - Fabienne Dum, Le MondeRimini splits up with his girlfriend of twelve years, Sofia. The parting is initially amicable and he moves on, carefree, with a new zest for life. Hungry to make up for lost time and keen to forget the past, he finds a younger girlfriend and starts using cocaine. Sofia, however, finds herself unable to let go, and continues to reappear on Rimini's horizon. Though the apparently idyllic relationship is over, their love has not died, merely taken on a different form. As time passes and their paths continue to cross, the past festers and torments them, like an infection.

  • A major new novel from the writer Roberto Bolaño called “one of the best living Latin American writers”
    Alan Pauls, one of Latin American literature's rising stars, combines the intimate and the political in a novel that, although it is set in Argentina in the 1970s and ’80s, will bring to mind books like Choire Sicha’s Very Recent History and Sam Lipsyte’s The Ask in its subtle, brilliant depiction of the place of money in its protagonists’ lives.
    It begins with a body: a top executive of an iron and steel company dies after his helicopter, travelling toward the factory where he is due to meet with striking workers, plummets into the river. The briefcase full of money which he was carrying disappears without a trace. Accident, or assassination? And where is the money?
    A History of Money revolves around this event, as does the imagination and memory of the unnamed protagonist of the novel, who returns over and over to it even as he reflects on the role of money in his family and his own life. His parents are divorced: his father is a gambler who plays in all-night poker games and carries around all of his money in a wad of cash; his mother is a socialite who squanders her inherited fortune on a lavish lifestyle. Our protagonist, for his part, pays--in every sense of the word.
    And his individual story is echoed in the larger story of Argentina in the 1970s and ’80s, where money is everything: promise and punishment, dream and disaster. An intensely evocative novel from one of the world’s most exciting new writers.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Des souvenirs à la fois douloureux et improbables de la Seconde Guerre mondiale ressurgissent. Namor, Captain America et leurs coéquipiers respectifs des Défenseurs et des Avengers plongent ainsi dans une folie cauchemardesque et destructrice, engendrée par le démoniaque Ichor d'Ish'Izog. En s'appuyant sur un jeu de tarot de sa création, l'alchimiste Diablo oppose les héros pour servir ses propres intérêts. Le légendaire Alan Davis (Uncanny X-Men, ClanDestine) et le dessinateur français Paul Renaud (Uncanny Avengers) nous entraînent dans un labyrinthe infernal.

  • The international Mont Terri rock laboratory in Switzerland plays a central role in the safety and construction of deep geological nuclear repositories in clay formations. The laboratory has developed and refined a range of new measurement and evaluation methods: it has e.g. advanced the determination of rock parameters using innovative borehole geophysics, improved the methodology for characterizing pore-water and microbial activity in claystones, and greatly improved our understanding of diffusion and retention processes of radionuclides in and through claystones. The methods and insights described in this compendium can also be applied to low-permeability rocks at various sites around the globe, and in other fields of application.

  • Antibacterial agents act against bacterial infection either by killing the bacterium or by arresting its growth. They do this by targeting bacterial DNA and its associated processes, attacking bacterial metabolic processes including protein synthesis, or interfering with bacterial cell wall synthesis and function.
    Antibacterial Agents is an essential guide to this important class of chemotherapeutic drugs. Compounds are organised according to their target, which helps the reader understand the mechanism of action of these drugs and how resistance can arise. The book uses an integrated "lab-to-clinic" approach which covers drug discovery, source or synthesis, mode of action, mechanisms of resistance, clinical aspects (including links to current guidelines, significant drug interactions, cautions and contraindications), prodrugs and future improvements.
    Agents covered include: agents targeting DNA - quinolone, rifamycin, and nitroimidazole antibacterial agents agents targeting metabolic processes -  sulfonamide antibacterial agents and trimethoprim agents targeting protein synthesis - aminoglycoside, macrolide and tetracycline antibiotics, chloramphenicol, and oxazolidinones agents targeting cell wall synthesis - ß-Lactam and glycopeptide antibiotics, cycloserine, isonaizid, and daptomycin Antibacterial Agents will find a place on the bookshelves of students of pharmacy, pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences, drug design/discovery, and medicinal chemistry, and as a bench reference for pharmacists and pharmaceutical researchers in academia and industry.

  • The family can be a model of loving support, a crucible of pathology, or some blend of the two. Across disciplines, it is also the basic unit for studying human relationships, patterns of behavior, and influence on individuals and society. As family structures evolve and challenge previous societal norms, new means are required for understanding their dynamics, and for improving family interventions and policies.Emerging Methods in Family Research details innovative approaches designed to keep researchers apace with the diversity and complexities of today's families. This versatile idea-book offers meaningful new ways to represent multiple forms of diversity in family structure and process, cutting-edge updates to family systems models and measurement methods, and guidance on the research process, from designing projects to analyzing findings. These chapters provide not only new frameworks for basic research on families, but also prime examples of their practical use in intervention and policy studies. Contributors also consider the similarities and differences between the study of individuals and the study of family relationships and systems. Included in the coverage:Use of nonlinear dynamic models to study families as coordinated symbiotic systems.Use of network models for understanding change and diversity in the formal structure of American families.Representing trends and moment-to-moment variability in dyadic and family processes using state-space modeling techniques.Why qualitative and ethnographic methods are essential for understanding family life.Methods in multi-site trials of family-based interventions.Implementing the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) to analyze the effects of family interventions.Researchers in human development, family studies, clinical and developmental psychology, social psychology, sociology, anthropology, and social welfare as well as public policy researchers will welcome Emerging Methods in Family Research as a resource to inspire novel approaches to studying families.

  • The widening gap between the rich and the poor is turning the American dream into an impossibility for many, particularly children and families. And as the children of low-income families grow to adulthood, they have less access to opportunities and resources than their higher-income peers--and increasing odds of repeating the experiences of their parents.Families in an Era of Increasing Inequality probes the complex relations between social inequality and child development and examines possibilities for disrupting these ongoing patterns. Experts across the social sciences track trends in marriage, divorce, employment, and family structure across socioeconomic strata in the U.S. and other developed countries. These family data give readers a deeper understanding of how social class shapes children's paths to adulthood and how those paths continue to diverge over time and into future generations. In addition, contributors critique current policies and programs that have been created to reduce disparities and offer suggestions for more effective alternatives. Among the topics covered:Inequality begins at home: the role of parenting in the diverging destinies of rich and poor children.Inequality begins outside the home: putting parental educational investments into context.How class and family structure impact the transition to adulthood.Dealing with the consequences of changes in family composition.Dynamic models of poverty-related adversity and child outcomes.The diverging destinies of children and what it means for children's lives.As new initiatives are sought to improve the lives of families and children in the short and long term, Families in an Era of Increasing Inequality is a key resource for researchers and practitioners in family studies, social work, health, education, sociology, demography, and psychology.

  • This volume offers a unique commentary on the diverse ways that educational inquiry is conceived, designed and critiqued. An international team of scholars examines cross-cutting themes of how research in education is conceptualised, characterised, contextualised, legitimated and represented. Contributions include specially commissioned essays, critical commentaries, vignettes, dialogues and cases. Each section discusses the significance of a complex terrain of ideas and critiques that can inform thinking and practice in educational research. The result is a thorough and accessible volume that offers fresh insights into the perspectives and challenges that shape diverse genres of research in education. ?

  • This edited collection from leading scholars in the fields of media, communications, cultural studies and a number of aligned areas looks to the intersection of capitalism, crime and the media. The text is founded on the principles of cultural criminology - that how we determine and understand crime lies in the social world and that the determination of crime and its mediation in popular culture have a political basis. The book consists of eleven chapters and is divided into three sections. Section one considers the intersection of crime and capitalism in a range of contemporary cultural texts. Section two examines how various power systems influence the operation of the media in its role of reporting crime and holding the powerful to account. Section three considers how texts in a variety of formats are used to conduct politics, communicate politics and enact political decision making. 

  • This book is the final version of the widely-circulated 1993 Technical Report that introduces a conception of grammar in which well-formedness is defined as optimality with respect to a ranked set of universal constraints.
    Final version of the widely circulated 1993 Technical Report that was the seminal work in Optimality Theory, never before available in book format.
    Serves as an excellent introduction to the principles and practice of Optimality Theory.
    Offers proposals and analytic commentary that suggest many directions for further development for the professional.

  • Deux histoires horrifiques situées à deux époques différentes et unifiées par la maestria graphique d'Ashley Wood. Ces contes horrifiques révèlent des facettes encore inexplorées de la mythologie et de la malédiction de Spawn, qu'il soit croque-mitaine porteur des pêchés des damnés de la Terre ou apôtre d'une justice faite de violence et de sang.

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