• Le « docteur » Hata tient un magasin de matériel médical et se prépare à une paisible retraite dans une petite ville de l'Etat de New York. Jusqu'au jour où Sunny, la jeune fille d'origine coréenne qu'il a adoptée, s'échappe pour aller vivre avec des délinquants. Cet événement va remettre en cause toute la vie de ce citoyen modèle parfaitement intégré. Désemparé, Hata se remémore un drame qui l'a marqué, lorsqu'il était officier de santé dans l'armée japonaise d'occupation en Birmanie, et que de jeunes coréennes servaient de « femmes de réconfort » aux soldats... Américain d´origine Coréenne, Chang-rae Lee explore la complexité de la double-culture, à l'instar d'une Zadie Smith ou d'un Kazuo Ishiguro.Avec ce premier roman traduit en français, déchirant et d'une virtuosité qui coupe le souffle, il s'est affirmé d'emblée comme un écrivain capital.

  • MY YEAR ABROAD

    Chang-Rae Lee

    From the award-winning author of Native Speaker and On Such a Full Sea , an exuberant and entertaining story of a young American whose life is transformed when a Chinese American businessman suddenly takes him under his wing on a global adventure. Tiller is an average college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations and talents. Then he meets Pong Lou, a successful Chinese American businessman, and everything changes. With Pongs unmatched charisma, richly varied interests and skills, enviable resources, and loyal circle of friends and business partners, he represents a life that Tiller has never imagined. When Pong invites Tiller along on a boisterous trip across Asia with no return ticket, Tiller is catapulted from ordinary young man to luxury globetrotter. In the process, hes pulled into a series of wholly unexpected experiences--some humorous, some heartbreaking, some darkly shocking, and all of which will alter the course of his life. A year later, passing through an American airport on his way home from this Asian adventure, Tiller takes up with an unlikely older woman and her son, and quickly slips from one life to another as he processes all hes experienced and what it will mean for his future. Told in alternating storylines, Tillers tale weaves back and forth between his outlandish, memorable year with Pong, and the domestic adulthood that replaces it. From an award-winning writer known for exploring issues of culture and identity with provocative originality, My Year Abroad is a bold and exciting new novel about the people we meet who change our lives forever, and a brilliant satire/fable about entrepreneurship and the American dream.

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  • Henry Park travaille pour le compte d'une société, privée, spécialisée dans le Renseignement : il espionne sa communauté aux Etats-Unis.
    Il est aussi le conseiller d'un candidat à la mairie de New York, Kwang. C'est donc une sorte de traître. Fils d'un immigré coréen qui s'est enrichi dans l'épicerie au détail, Park a épousé Lelia, une orthophoniste, américaine de souche. Le bonheur de ce couple vacille lorsqu'un grave accident vient bouleverser leur vie. Langue natale est l'histoire de cet effondrement, des fêlures qu'il révèle chez Park, et de sa tentative de guérison.
    Avec Langue natale - son premier roman - Chang-rae Lee s'affirme d'emblée comme un écrivain capital. Dans ce livre puissant et d'une grande subtilité, se dessinent les thèmes qu'on retrouvera dans Les Sombre Feux du passé : l'intégration, et le prix exorbitant à payer pour se faire accepter ; le choc culturel entre deux conceptions de la famille et du rôle de la femme ; le problème de la filiation.
    Et la nécessaire impureté du langage.

  • June Han has forged a life thousands of miles from her birthplace: she has built a business in New York, survived a husband, borne a child. But her past holds more secrets than she has ever been able to tell, and thirty years after her escape from war-ravaged Korea, the time has come for her to confront them.



    Hector Brennan, fighter, drinker and 'failure grand and total', is the man who long ago saved June's life. And between them lies the story of the beautiful, damaged Sylvie Tanner, whose elusive love they both once sought. On a journey that takes them from the scorched hillsides and abandoned rice paddies of a shattered Korea to a blood-soaked century-old Italian battlefield, together June and Hector go in search of their past, bound together by a legacy of shocking acts of violence and love.



    Compelling, suspenseful and unforgettable, THE SURRENDERED is a stunning epic of war, redemption and human longing. It is a masterpiece.

  • Lithe and tiny, Fan is a diver at the New China settlement of B-Mor, a worker colony long-ago known as Baltimore, her circumscribed world the temperature-controlled fish tanks that feed a contaminated continent, and Reg, the golden-skinned, simple-hearted man she loves.

    Rigorously pressurised and demarcated, the dystopian America Fan serves is ruled by the professional Charter caste. While B-Mors are obedient and tranquillised by duty and the fear of chaos, the pampered, ruthless Charters inhabit idyllic, over-supplied communities behind whose gates they jostle ceaselessly for dominance. Estranged from nature, B-Mors and Charters alike shy from the spaces between, where 'counties' people - outcasts, free-thinkers and renegades, bandits and pedlars - forage and grub and steal and kill. One quiet day Reg is removed from the colony - whether for a nameless infraction, or because he is disease-resistant in a world where no one is C-free, it is impossible to say. Fan decides she must follow. But her departure threatens to disrupt the whole order of B-Mor society, and only savage action can hold it together.

    A mesmerising narrative of courage and longing, On Such a Full Sea is an epic tale: brilliantly speculative, absolutely involving and profoundly humane.

  • From the beloved award-winning author of Native Speaker and The Surrendered, a highly provocative, deeply affecting story of one woman's legendary quest in a shocking, future America.

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  • June Han a onze ans lorsque la guerre de Corée (1950-1953) décime sa famille. Elle est sauvée par un G.I., Hector Brennan, puis placée dans un orphelinat de Corée. Grâce à Sylvie Tanner, la directrice de cette institution, et à un certain détachement qui lui fait ignorer la peur, elle parvient à surmonter ces épreuves. Tous trois - June, Hector, Sylvie - sont marqués par des traumas originels qui bouleverseront leur destin. Trente ans plus tard, Hector a choisi une vie sans contours, guidée par l'alcool et l'autodestruction. June Han est devenue Mrs Singer. Elle a fait carrière à New York et a eu un fils. À 47 ans, alors qu'elle se sait atteinte d'un cancer, elle décide d'affronter tout ce qu'elle a dû enfouir pour survivre.
    Les Vulnérables s'intéresse aux ravages intimes de la guerre. Au temps des héros et des conflits politiques, succède celui des survivants, cette vie d'après que chacun - exilé ou soldat - tente de reconstruire.
    Couvrant trois décennies d'Histoire sur plusieurs continents, Les Vulnérables constitue le projet romanesque le plus ambitieux et le plus réussi de Chang-rae Lee depuis Les Sombres feux du passé.

  • Jerry Battle, descendant d'émigrants italiens, habite depuis toujours à Babylon, charmante
    bourgade de Long Island. Vu d'en haut, à bord de son petit avion, tout semble parfait dans sa vie.
    À 56 ans, il a quitté la tête de l'entreprise familiale. Son fils Jack l'a reprise et l'a fait prospérer. Sa
    fille Theresa est une intello avec laquelle il n'entretient qu'une relation distante. Jerry Battle vit seul
    - Rita, sa compagne depuis vingt ans, vient de le quitter -, et au fond, il ne s'en plaint pas.
    Lors des fiançailles de Theresa auxquelles il se rend sans grand enthousiasme, Jerry apprend
    qu'elle est enceinte. Mais aussi qu'elle est atteinte d'un cancer qu'elle a décidé de ne pas soigner
    car la radiothérapie mettrait en jeu la vie de son bébé. Cette terrible nouvelle et ses conséquences
    forceront Jerry, expert dans l'art de la fuite, à se confronter à la réalité et à s'impliquer pour
    sauvegarder ce qui peut encore l'être : les liens du sang.

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  • Anglais Aloft

    Chang-Rae Lee

    Being a solo flyer made sense to Jerry Battle right from the start. For his 56th birthday, his longtime (and recently ex-) girlfriend Rita Reyes had given him a gift certificate for a flying lesson. Once Jerry was up there he thought everything looked perfect. But everything isn't perfect and for such a nice guy, Jerry can wreak an amazing amount of havoc ...
    Life is about to deal Jerry Battle his toughest hand yet. With his ailing father yearning to flee his Care Centre and his son teetering on bankruptcy, and, for once, no woman in his life to rely on, Jerry's daughter is about to bestow on him a father's worst nightmare. But maybe Jerry needs to finally work out what it is that separates him from his loved ones and be tugged back to earth to engage with one of the most compelling and unforgettable of family dramas.

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  • Anglais The Surrendered

    Chang-Rae Lee

    * A masterpiece, fit to stand alongside the greatest novels of the past twenty-five years

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  • Representing the letter «L» in a series of twenty-six collectible editions, this award-winning novel describes the isolation felt by industrial spy Henry Park, a first-generation Korean American, who doesn't feel thoroughly at home in either culture anymore.

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  • Representing the letter «L» in a series of twenty-six collectible editions, this award-winning novel describes the isolation felt by industrial spy Henry Park, a first-generation Korean American, who doesn't feel thoroughly at home in either culture anymore.

  • Chang-rae Lee, the bestselling and award-winning author of Native Speaker, A Gesture Life, and Aloft returns with his most ambitious novel yet-a spellbinding story of how love and war echo through an entire lifetime.
    June Han was orphaned as a girl by the Korean War. Hector Brennan was a young GI who fled the petty tragedies of his small town to serve his country. When the war ended, their lives collided at a Korean orphanage, where they vied for the attention of Sylvie Tanner, a beautiful yet deeply damaged missionary.
    As Lee masterfully unfurls the stunning story of June, Hector, and Sylvie, he weaves a profound meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice, the power of love, and the possibilities for mercy, salvation, and surrendering oneself to another.

  • 'Watching a talented writer take a risk is one of the pleasures of devoted reading, and On Such a Full Sea provides all that and more. . . . With On Such a Full Sea, [Chang-rae Lee] has found a new way to explore his old preoccupation: the oft-told tale of the desperate, betraying, lonely human heart.'-'Andrew Sean Greer, The New York Times Book Review 'I've never been a fan of grand hyperbolic declarations in book reviews, but faced with On Such a Full Sea, I have no choice but to ask: Who is a greater novelist than Chang-rae Lee today?'-'Porochista Khakpour, The Los Angeles Times From the beloved award-winning author of Native Speaker and The Surrendered, a highly provocative, deeply affecting story of one woman's legendary quest in a shocking, future America.
    On Such a Full Sea takes Chang-rae Lee's elegance of prose, his masterly storytelling, and his long-standing interests in identity, culture, work, and love, and lifts them to a new plane. Stepping from the realistic and historical territories of his previous work, Lee brings us into a world created from scratch. Against a vividly imagined future America, Lee tells a stunning, surprising, and riveting story that will change the way readers think about the world they live in.
    In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as highwalled, self-contained labor colonies. And the members of the labor class-'descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial China-'find purpose and identity in their work to provide pristine produce and fish to the small, elite, satellite charter villages that ring the labor settlement.
    In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement (once known as Baltimore), when the man she loves mysteriously disappears. Fan's journey to find him takes her out of the safety of B-Mor, through the anarchic Open Counties, where crime is rampant with scant governmental oversight, and to a faraway charter village, in a quest that will soon become legend to those she left behind.

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