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A Living Antigone Literature And Mythology

He is one of the most famous characters in literature and mythology, and also one of the most endearing. We

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Things That Only True Book Lovers Will Understand

You Don’t know why So Many People Don’t Read: As an avid book reader, you don’t understand why more people

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An Uncompromising Initiatory Novel

In small town Alabama during the Great Depression, Atticus Finch raised his two children, Jem and Scout, alone. A man

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Jean Vodaine Biographical Note

Jean Vodaine was born on July 6, 1921 in Volce, today in Slovenia, then in the Veneto Juliana. At the

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The Novel Of A Generation

The characters who run through Sophie Avon’s novel: The Beautiful Years , turned 20 in the 1980s but could just

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Biography Of Jean-Paul Klee

Jean-Paul Klée was born in Strasbourg on June 5, 1943. His father, the philosopher Raymond-Lucien Klée, knew Simone Weil and,

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A Living Antigone Literature And Mythology

He is one of the most famous characters in literature and mythology, and also one of the most endearing. We

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German Books by Women We’d Love to See in English

German Books

It is disappointing for an avid reader to hear about a book, only to find out that it was never translated into a language they can understand. As for books authored by Women, finding a translated version is an absolute rarity. Here are some of the great books written by German authors which have not been translated into English yet:

Deutscher Meister

Deutscher Meister (Literal Translation: German Champion) is written by Stephanie Bart. The book is about Johann Trollmann, one of the popular German boxers of the 1920s and early 1930s. However, the talented boxer’s career was put on hold by the rise of Nazism. The story is set in the summer of 1933, when Jews were being forced out of public life, and sports activities were declared illegal. The fictional novel takes us through the real-life trials and tribulations of the boxer, painting a new picture of what could have been had he not lived in Nazi Germany.

Nachts ist es leise in Teheran

Nachts ist es leise in Teheran

Nachts ist es leise in Teheran (Literal Translation: All Night All Is Quiet in Tehran) is a 2016 novel written by Shida Bazyar. The story takes us through the perspective of four different family members over a time period of four decades. The story begins in Tehran in 1979 and spans to present-day Germany. This inspiring novel is about the life of a family who moved from Tehran, with children growing up in Germany and takes the readers through a journey of oppression, revolution and desire for freedom. The book gives the audience a perspective on how migration and revolution can affect future generations.

Weil wir längst woanders sind

Weil wir längst woanders sind (Literal Translation: Because we are Elsewhere Now) is written by Rasha Khayat. The story is about two siblings who grew apart simply because of their diverse cultures but are now trying to understand each other. The story is spot on with the multiracial representation, with the characters adapting to their lives with completely different approaches. The author takes us through the challenges of self-identity when someone grows up in two different homelands. Life can be incredibly complex in bicultural families, and the author takes us through that difficult perspective in simple yet beautiful words.

Für eine Nacht oder fürs ganze Leben

Für eine Nacht oder fürs ganze Leben (Literal Translation: For One Night or For Life) is  a 2015 fictional noval written by Ursula Marz. The story is about the dating situation in the digital world we are living in right now. The book is a mixture of short stories and personal essays with real-life references from the author herself. The book takes us through the lives of people who find love on the Internet and how algorithms decide who we meet and who we date.

Books to Read before you Hit Thirty

Books

Reading Books is a pleasure not everyone understands. They allow us to live through other people’s experiences and learn from their mistakes. Life is too short to learn from our mistakes, so why not benefit from this opportunity? Books shape our identities and help us understand the world better. Books can also provide you with a wealth of information, which will help you broaden your horizons and find new inspiration. Here are some of the must-read books before you hit 30:

Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari

In this book, the author tells the story of how humans evolved from the beginning to who we are today. The author paints a beautiful picture of how humans differ from other species and what sets us apart. One of the biggest breakthroughs that contributed to the fast evolution of humans is the ability to form languages and art and communicate. The author also discusses the advent of money, our behavioral patterns, and how they came from our ancestors. The book gives us insight into how our ancestors’ fight, flight or freeze responses still affect us today. The book encourages the audience to find logical explanations for the way we behave now.

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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love is a true-life story of the author, Elizabeth Gilbert, about a difficult time in her life. She was going through a difficult divorce when she decided to go on a trip. The author takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery as she travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia. The book is an entertaining account of how she searched for worldly pleasures in Italy, spiritual awakening in India, and how found love in Indonesia. The book inspires the reader to travel and live a little, away from the daily difficulties of life. Of course, any reader would fall in love with the author who has done something we have all wanted to do once in our lifetime – quit our job and travel the world. The spontaneity, independence, and courage it took for the author to travel alone still inspire women to this day.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This soul-touching memoir is definitely one of the must-reads. The author takes the audience through her journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. With no prior experience or training in hiking, she takes this drastic spontaneous decision when going through a tough time in life. Through the long lone walk up the mountains, she tries to come to peace with the demise of her mother and her failing marriage. The book makes the reader feel that no matter where a woman is from – be it a first-world or third-world country – our experiences and fears are all the same. There is an instance in the book where the author discusses her fear of rape and the vulnerability of a lone woman in the forest. Readers can’t help but cheer for her when she takes that first step towards the hiking trail, despite her numbing fears.

 

Things That Only True Book Lovers Will Understand

Book Lovers

You Don’t know why So Many People Don’t Read:

As an avid book reader, you don’t understand why more people don’t revel in this pleasure. The pleasure of being cosy, snuggled in sheets with a book and a cup of hot coffee, is something that you only seem to understand. You keep recommending and buying new books to your friends and family, but they don’t seem to share the excitement. It immediately puts you off when you meet people who say they don’t read. You wanna inspire them to read, but they don’t seem to care.

Prefer Books

You Prefer Books to People:

Whatever the day may be, you prefer reading books to spending time with people. The solitude, the peace, and the quiet you experience while reading a book are something others will never understand. When you read a book, you don’t actually listen to people talking to you but nod away and then become confused as to why they bought you snacks a little later. When people get in between you and your book, that’s when you draw the line.

You want to Read fast but Not Finish it:

Only a true book lover will understand this terrible feeling. You want to read your book and know the story right away, but still take time to read every word slowly, so it sinks into your heart. You don’t understand why there is so much buzz around Speed Reading, yet you want to learn Speed Reading so you can get to read as many books as you can. You want to finish the book, but you also know you don’t want to because you will miss this awesome book terribly.

You Don’t Want Your Books to be Borrowed:

Every book lover can agree to this. You want others to experience the joy of reading, but you don’t want them to borrow your books. Book lovers take great care of their books, especially hard copies. They don’t care much about their digital copies. But each and every one of their physical books is precious, therefore shouldn’t be creased or drawn on. If a book lover actually lets you borrow a book, you should be honoured.

You don’t have Enough Time to Read:

One of the biggest frustrations of being an avid reader is that you don’t seem to have enough time in the day to read a book. Even if you read all day long, it is still not enough. You dream of the time when you can actually stop worrying about everything else in life and concentrate peacefully on a book. One of the biggest dreams of a book lover is to own a library, just like in the movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’. You swoon over every pretty library in the world and wish you could spend all your life in one.

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Not Enough Translated Books Available:

One of the biggest frustrations of any book lover is not getting enough translated books. Reading books is your favourite pastime activity, and sometimes, you just can’t get enough. You can’t wait for a translation, so you think about taking matters into your own hand. You contemplate learning more languages just so you can try to read some of the books in the original language they were published in.

An Uncompromising Initiatory Novel

Novel

In small town Alabama during the Great Depression, Atticus Finch raised his two children, Jem and Scout, alone. A man of integrity and rigor, this lawyer is appointed to defend a black man accused of having raped a white woman. He faces the death penalty. »

This summary appears on the back cover of a recent reissue of Harper Lee’s novel: To Kill a Mockingbird. As Isabelle Hausser writes in the afterword, it helps to understand the success of this book, published for the first time in 1960, success to the point of receiving the Pulitzer the following year. It even seems that Truman Capote, jealous, claimed to have written most of the novel. It is perhaps undermining its scope, or making a commercial appeal of bad quality (come and see what the Americans have been, come and see what they still are sometimes) to reduce it to a simple militant work for the civil rights. Faulkner had this ability, this genius, to start from the depths of the American South to reach universal themes. Without going so far as to compare Harper Lee to Faulkner, there is like this same capacity in the Mockingbird.

A story where, as an adult, Jean Louise Finch, or rather Scout, recalls some of her early years, more particularly those of the Great Depression, in Maycomb, a small town lost in this rural South where the American dream seems far away. , where a Black is not quite a human being and where it is fashionable to mock the speeches of “ the Lady of the Presidency in Washington ” (Eleanor Roosevelt), who dares to criticize the South.

However, we are not dealing only with an initiatory novel: certainly, we see Scout gradually losing his illusions and, with a marvelous humor, we attend his childhood games, sometimes innocent but which can also become cruel. (bringing out Boo Radley), to her childhood beliefs, on her first day of school, when she discovered the ” Dewey Decimal system “, which for her translates into bullying because she can already read. Scout discovers prejudices, or even sees her brother move away from her, no longer wanting to share her games or her secrets: simply growing up.

There are other characters in this novel, especially the father behind whom Scout tends to fade. A strange man, this Atticus, too strange, too different from the others to be honest; and yet, he is honest more than anything. A man of mysteries and secrets who, little by little, reveals himself, an old and weak man who, for a long time, makes his children ashamed because he is not athletic, unlike other parents. Phenomenal man, because devoid of any racist prejudice and who taught his children to respect each human being, regardless of the color of his skin. A man who is soon to be hated by his fellow citizens and despised by his family, because he takes up the defense of a black man. He certainly had no choice: he was appointed. But that he really wants to defend it, this is what the inhabitants of Maycomb cannot accept. So began what Scout later referred to as ” hard time. »

Realistic painting of a South that no longer exists? Indeed: more than forty years after its first publication, To Kill a Mockingbird , the only novel by this woman whom no one has met for forty years, is still fought in many regions of this same South, and some try to ban it from school libraries: it would be blasphemous, filthy.

Jean Vodaine Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Jean Vodaine was born on July 6, 1921 in Volce, today in Slovenia, then in the Veneto Juliana. At the age of three, his family, the Kaucic family, moved to Moselle. He obtained the Certificate of Studies in June 1933 and a shoemaker’s CAP in 1938.

In 1947, he published Rose et noir , his first poetry collection, and got married. He begins a correspondence with Gaston Chaissac and Jean Dubuffet. In 1951, he launched the Courrier de Poésie with Edmond Dune. He worked as a laborer in the Thionville blast furnaces (1951-1953). Then he became secretary to Bruno Durocher (Editions Caractères) in Paris and met many poets (1954-1955). During 1955, he returned to Basse-Yutz.

Electrician worker, site accountant, assistant quantity surveyor at Alsthom, he travels on the railway tracks. A new collection, Les Pauvres Heures , appeared in 1955. Three years later, he launched the review La Tour aux Puces (1958); but he soon suffered an accident at work (1960). In 1962, he published the first issue of the journal Dire . At the Mas de la Greffe in Montpellier (1964-1966), he continued this publication which he printed himself, then he returned to Basse-Yutz.

In 1969, he presented a retrospective exhibition of his graphic work, Funny Birds , in Basse-Yutz. He begins to print several books. The Fable of Animals Remained Alone on Earth , by Jean Vodaine, is given to Georges Pompidou by the mayor of Metz. He teaches at the School of Fine Arts and Applied Arts in Metz and divorce (1972). He then moved to rue des Allemands, in Metz, in a former shoe repair shop, and launched the project for a Maison de la Poésie (1973), which was unsuccessful. He publishes Serenade for a sleeping dog and presents a retrospective of his graphic work in Pont-à-Mousson. Dire magazine ceased publication in 1984.

In 1985 he published Maixines . He finally obtains French nationality. He then lives in a small village in the north of Meurthe-et-Moselle. On August 8, 2006, at the age of 85, he died in a retirement home in Pont-à-Mousson.

The Novel Of A Generation

The Novel

The characters who run through Sophie Avon’s novel: The Beautiful Years , turned 20 in the 1980s but could just as well have them today, as the story told is both unique and lived by thousands of young people. people, to each generation: what this novel describes is the way in which youth falls into line and, in order to survive, gradually strips itself of its dreams.

They are called Sonia, Grégoire, Viviane, Laurent, Adèle, Willy, Paul or Lili; between them, very few things in common, except to attend, in the 1980s, the same theater class. And, over a decade, according to current events (election of François Mitterrand as President of the Republic, fatwa launched against Salman Rushdie, Lockerbie attack…), they cross paths, love each other, ignore each other, get jealous, give up. Behind their jaded air, they are all terribly romantic and fragile. They all arrive full of dreams at this theater school, convinced that glory awaits them, and surprised that no one is rushing to their door yet, that they have to run to the auditions: ” Why doesn’t Chéreau come to see him there?” And Pilat? And Rohmer? And Sautet? And Techine? “Or they are simply eager to escape from their family, even if, among the grown children they remain, loneliness is sometimes hard, and the family, so desirable, even if it would go through the necessity to ” relearn the gestures of love. They are politicized or not, like Sonia, whom we discover on the evening of May 10, 1981: ” She had not been brought up to worship community, had no sense of community, was never sure most people were right. She distrusted slogans and dogmas. She just wanted to get on stage and say lyrics written by other people because she had been taught the love of words. She only believed in that, the authors, the language, the thought inscribed in the verb.

But when you want to be a great actor, it’s very hard to have to face reality, like Laurent, whom everyone says is magnificently gifted, and who never stops questioning himself and destroy himself: “ At least with the stamps of La Grande Main de Faragaladoum he will be able to have the number of hours required to receive the allowances. Dirty business, he thinks. Why doesn’t the outside world look like the class where he is so happy? It’s the only place he feels at home. Because outside is life, with its cruelty and its dramas.

Then comes the time of disillusionment, of questioning; since dreams don’t nourish that much, since you have to live well, there is no other choice but to leave, to confront the routine, for example by earning a living as a secretary in a cabinet lawyers, or any temporary job that allows you to live a little longer. And, living in poverty-stricken maids’ rooms, having so little of their fill, having only their dreams to get them to get up in the morning, very few of them admitted the truth to themselves: ” At that time, I wasn’t aware that I was living the worst years of my life, but I was indeed living them. Or this other observation: She met so many people who toiled night and day and who remained in the shadows, never rewarded, always dismissed, as if success, even temporary, even fleeting, did not want them. »

Sophie Avon achieves this feat, with a polyphonic novel where the characters meet, seek each other and get lost, to make each of them endearing to us, to have pleasure or sadness in accompanying them a little and then to see them disappear. , when we would so much like to know more. So much this story of the 1980s is a story of every generation.

Biography Of Jean-Paul Klee

Biography

Jean-Paul Klée was born in Strasbourg on June 5, 1943. His father, the philosopher Raymond-Lucien Klée, knew Simone Weil and, in Berlin, Jean-Paul Sartre, whom he introduced to the thought of Husserl. Officer of the British GHQ with André Maurois, he joined General de Gaulle’s fight in 1940. Arrested for Gaullist propaganda at the Versailles high school where he taught, he disappeared at the Struthof concentration camp on April 18, 1944. This event had a great influence on the life and work of the poet.

After studying literature at the University of Strasbourg, Jean-Paul Klée turned to teaching. He published his first poetic collection, L’été l’Eternité in 1970, with a preface by Claude Vigée. A teacher at Saverne from 1971 to 1979, he read all of Alsatian poetry since the beginning of the twentieth century and began to collaborate with numerous journals.

An environmental activist since 1977, he sacrificed ten years of his life to it, but also his teaching career. He engaged in a voluntary crusade against the dangerous Pailleron colleges and high schools. His action with the media on this hidden scandal led to his removal from the National Education in 1991. Married, he divorced ten years later. After brief stays in Paris, he returned to Alsace and shared his writing between Obernai and Strasbourg.

This poet masters all tones: from the funniest to the most vulgar, from the tragic to the sublime. He is as remarkable in poetry as in the pages of his immense diary. His Retour au Struthof (1994) is one of the strongest cries of French poetry since 1945 — an extension of the poem La Crucifixion alsacienne (1970). His style, recognizable among all, is unique in contemporary French poetry: it makes him a great voice of the Francophonie.

A Living Antigone Literature And Mythology

Literature

He is one of the most famous characters in literature and mythology, and also one of the most endearing. We know everything about her, or think we know everything: her parents, her devotion to Oedipus, her heartbreak in the face of her brothers, her refusal to see the corpse of one of them left to rot, her death, which propels her to the rank of symbol, of mythological martyr. But, in a way, it is only thanks to the others (Oedipus, Jocasta, Eteocles and Polynice, Creon) that we know that she lived. In this novel, Henry Bauchau, he chooses to show her alive, suffering, loving too and it is all the merit of this book to take up the ancient figure of Antigone to paint a magnificent portrait of a heroine.

When Antigone begins , we are in Athens: Oedipus has just died and Antigone is preparing to return to Thebes to settle there, after ten years of wandering and begging. Still young, however, she is no longer the teenager who chooses to guide her father on the roads: ” I discover in my reflection a shadow of sadness, a secret weariness which does not appear in my features but which, almost invisible, is already inscribed in my gaze. There are too many things that I experienced too soon and a renewal of being that I did not experience. »

But if she returns to Thebes, it is also because war threatens, and because this war must oppose her two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, and because Antigone hopes, against all the evidence, to still succeed in reasoning with them, despite the warnings of Clios: “ These children whom you consoled have become powerful men, robbers dressed as kings. Killers who call my Antigone, to drag her into their miserable disaster. »

In Thebes, Antigone discovers that she is not necessarily welcome, that suspicion has set in everywhere, that Creon is plotting. She reunites with Ismene, who doesn’t know if she should rejoice in her return or lament her too long absence: “ I loved Oedipus too, I was even his favorite but you took up all the space by becoming his sacred daughter. Me, during this time in spite of your abandonment, I had to live and make a place for myself in this dangerous city that you had deserted. During these ten years, I had to manage on my own with Creon, with Eteocles while taking care of Polynices, and it wasn’t always easy. ” But it is out of love that Ismene ends up warning him: ” Don’t think I’m making up. I will come back, I will come back to attack you. You will never again be peaceful in your good feelings. Because in Thebes, which is preparing for the siege of Polynice, good feelings are not in order, it is not good to trust, to love one’s brothers, to want their reconciliation, and to love Haemon. Henry Bauchau describes a heroine living, suffering, constantly trying to reconcile her brothers who hate each other for loving each other too much; and, as we know, it fails, Etéocle and Polynice die, one is entitled to honours, the other to outrages.

And Antigone refuses and shouts it: “ Yes, I Antigone, the beggar of the blind king, I discover myself rebel to my fatherland, definitively rebel to Thebes, to its virile law, to its foolish wars and to its proud cult of death. “Leaves, we also know, to pay all the consequences.

In a novel that gives pride of place to the marvelous and the mysterious, Henry Bauchau’s Antigone is defined by his immense compassion, by his fabulous power over men, to which only Creon remains insensitive, but also, and perhaps above all , by her cry: the cry of a beggar on the roads and in the streets of Thebes, the cry of the one who refuses the outrage done to her brother, the cry of the one who, while passionately loving life, chooses death and refuses that the blood be shed for her, cry of a woman, of a character that we thought we knew and that, through the magic of this novel, we really discover, that we learn to love for what she is. Thus Henry Bauchau, revisiting a myth, makes it close to us, to the point of reminding us that Antigone is our contemporary and the contemporary of all ages and all eras, myth, symbol.