A mother’s love and its setbacks, the first collection of essays for a feminist icon, the joyful and subtle critique of liberalism in a river play… Like every Saturday, our selection of readings in the pocket section.
s We Were Fish, by Natalie Cooperman
the child his ‘little salamander’ Son ” little wolf”, Son “little mouse” on me “little owl” or so Fresh water turtle. These are the delicate nicknames for the quiet and bright hours, the complicit moments when mother and daughter mingle and cuddle, united by an unwavering love. But sometimes, without warning and without reason, the wind spins, and this immense love is electrically charged like a stormy sky. of toxicity and danger. Then it becomes relief “My little pig,” “My macaroni is overcooked.” At 11, the child intuitively learned to decipher these maternal setbacks. Sudden tension in her voice, absence or roughness in her eyes, and now this beautiful mother with long black hair is turning into a dangerous Gorgon. Until the last paragraphs, all pagesWe were fish The new and touching novel by Natalie Copperman, strained by the fear of seeing that thunderbolt, and the feeling of this sinister current circulating between the lines in which the child burns himself. read more
> Ed. Folio, 288 pages, 7.60 euros.
s “Scandalous Acts and Daily Rebellions” by Gloria Steinem
Indefatigable fighter Gloria Steinem has carved out her position as a feminist icon on Endless Road. Archi is famous in the United States – her life has been the subject of an autobiographical adaptation, in which she played Julianne Moore -, if it is much less so on this side of the Atlantic, it is not and has put, in an extension of her combative deeds, a written theoretical work. Theories, she’s always been somewhat wary. Heinous acts and daily rebellions Her first collection of essays, published in the United States in 1983—sold half a million copies over the following years—was republished twelve years later, in an annotated version. Since the end of the sixties in New York magazine, Where Gloria Steinem was a columnist, a celebrity Ms., She co-created it in 1971, and there’s also the founding article that since 1963 decided her future feminist commitment at the same time she announced it. read more
> Ed. Points, 624 pages, 10.95 euros.
s “Paris Fantasy” by Lydia Flame
“There is no home without the depth of memories, the awareness of time deposited, no feeling of being at home without a little dust… How many days do you feel at home? Shall we get away from her to feel the joy of reunion?” Psychoanalyst, writer and photographer, Lydia Flem wonders. From book to book, she has often tamed the charm of a place mixed with subtlety and grace, and today allows herself to be charmed by Rue Férou, a narrow, cobbled avenue on the Parisian boulevard at 6e The circle, between the Luxembourg Gardens and the Place Saint-Sulpice. For five years I explored it with determination and desire, like Georges Beric and the illustrious chroniclers together. Who, first of all, is this Férou who gave his name to the place, before he died there in 1547? We will learn a little about it. But so much about the other ghosts that constantly haunt the alley, even if the writer has to step into his place and suddenly speak in first person…because the amazing work is jumbled, deliciously nonfiction, historically skillful, autobiographical, romantic and metaphysical. read more
> Ed. Points, 624 pages, 9.70 euros.
s “At the Sea” by Michele Vinaver
Michel Vinavier fully absorbed his work at Gillette, and became CEO of the fund in 1964, leaving his pen as a playwright. He would not return to the stage until 1969 with this legendary tale. Exaggerate It combines sixty characters that snap into about twenty-five places. Fully represented, it lasts about seven hours. The play places Michel Vinaver in a place of control: that of a gentle commentator on social relations, and a keen observer of the effects of liberalism on individuals. In the center stands the hero Basemar. It’s the writer’s weakness: “In many ways, the character of Basemar the Clown is a self-portrait. The hero, a young, left-hearted novelist, is hired (due to a misunderstanding) as an intern at a powerful American multinational consumer product manufacturer. His first play closely follows his entry (his acceptance…) In the system.A room where one can read a jump (rejection…) of the system. ” read more
> Ed. Babylon, 272 p. , 8.70 euros.
s “Summer of Bitter Orange” by Claire Fuller
At the age of 39, Frances finally felt free to move. Her mother, a veritable local tyrant, had just died, and behold, as an expert in bridge and garden engineering, she was sent to a country house to make an inventory. The task, which may seem daunting, has become a fantasy thanks to the presence of Peter and Kara, the original tenants of this gorgeous but well-worn property. Francis is fascinated by the charms of this couple, their madness and their lies. She will never forget the summer of 1969, and fifty years later, from the bottom of her hospital bed, she recreates that magic. Alternating between past and present is not the novelist’s coquetry, but an additional tension in this English story not denied by British Daphne du Maurier and American Shirley Jackson. Contemporary and timeless, Claire Fuller’s novel–which we’ve already loved, English wedding Exudes nostalgia, mystery and gothic sensuality. read more
> Ed. Paperback, 384 pages, €8.20.
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