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L'anomalie
L'anomalie

L'anomalie

roman

Hervé Le Tellier

Editions Gallimard

Prix Goncourt 2020

June 2021, a long-haul aircraft lands in New York after a turbulent flight with a hundred passengers on board, amongst which a contract killer, a Nigerian singer, a successful lawyer and a confidential writer who has suddenly become famous.

ISBN 978-2-07-289509-8

Preis : 20.00 €

 
 
 

Histoire du fils
Histoire du fils

Histoire du fils

Marie-Hélène Lafon

Editions Buchet-Chastel

Prix Renaudot 2020

André is raised by Hélène, his mother Gabrielle’s sister. His mother only visits him during the summer holidays, while his dad hardly ever shows up. As an abandoned child, André begins to understand the personality of this seductive but selfish and arrogant man.

ISBN 978-2-283-03280-0

Preis : 15.00 €

 
 
 

Diderot et la philosophie
Diderot et la philosophie

Diderot et la philosophie

dir. Jean-Christophe Bardout & Vincent Garraud

Société Diderot

The philosophy of Diderot, the Enlightenment thinker, and its materialism have been thoroughly studied.  But here, his philosophy is considered through his relation to the history of philosophy. This publication explores Diderot’s dialogue with the prominent traditional figures of philosophy as well as more contemporary ones, from Seneca to Hume, through Bacon, Descartes, Leibniz, and the aesthetics of his time. What emerges is the paradoxical originality of a materialism that still retains the relevance of metaphysics. Leading specialists describe this dialogue by illuminating not only the philosophy of Diderot, but also our own reading of the history of philosophy.

ISBN 978-2-9543871-7-8

Preis : 33.00 €

 
 
 

Documents, 1929-1930
Documents, 1929-1930

Documents

doctrines, archéologie, beaux-arts, ethnographie : 1929-1930

Nouvelles Editions Place

 Despite the fact that no institution holds a complete set of its publications - whose brief run ended after only fifteen issues (1929-1931) - Documents is a living legend. Defying categorization, its contents range widely from art history and archeology to the social sciences. Georges Bataille, Michel Leiris, and Carl Einstein are responsible for more than half of the articles; other contributors were either Surrealist renegades (Desnos, Vitrac, Queneau), members of the Enthnographic Museum at the Trocadéro (Rivière, Schaeffner, Griaule) or the Institut de l’ethnologie (Mauss, Rivet), or German-language archeologists and art historians who, thanks to Einstein’s intervention, expanding Documents’ reach beyond national borders.
     Using its iconoclastic montage as an organizing principle, contemporary art and Surrealist photography rubbed shoulders with Sumerian or Japanese statues on its pages, intermingled with ancient Gallic or Macedonian coins, African musical instruments, covers of popular novels, cave painting, jazz, film, 17th-c. anatomical plates, musical halls and trophy-skulls, without ever looking away from the “tragic spectacles” of our civilization, like slaughterhouses and industrial smokestacks. 

     Documentswide-angle view emphasized details of the human body, including its internal organs, as well as its artefacts, striving to underscore the multidimensionality of the species and human experience. Its coherence was never questioned; instead, the journal chose to focus on differences and the “concrete universality” that constitutes a given culture. 
     Documents advocated for the abolition of any hierarchy of the arts or among ethnographic works of art and artefacts as a way of liberating objects from the ethnocentric tyranny of taste and the fine arts, and from the false dichotomies of “modern” and “primitive” or “high” and “low” art and craftsmanship. Anti-Surrealist, it positioned itself against the hegemony of Western values and the estheticizing of non-Western artefacts, Documents developed its own brand of “aggressive realism”: documents instead of dreams, “value in use” instead of esthetic value, a “fetishized materialism” (Hollier) instead of a dialectic one, Sade instead of Marx. 
     Instead of offering positive knowledge, the journal intended to shock and shake things up by abolishing any selective prioritization of the arts in a Rimbaldian “derangement of all the senses and meanings.” Documents was a “machine of war against received ideas” (Leiris) that the world now needs more than ever before: an unbridled discipline, an anthropology writ large that Bataille and others insistently called for. 

ISBN 978-2-37628-083-5

Preis : 179.00 €