Author: René-Victor Pilhes
Publisher: Le Seuil
Rosserys & Mitchell est la plus grande entreprise que le monde ait jamais connue. De mystérieux événements surviennent dans sa filiale française... Rapidement, la simple perturbation laisse place à la panique dans l'esprit des dirigeants, des principaux cadres et du personnel. L'imprécateur rôde, et dénonce le mépris glacial de la multinationale broyeuse d'esprits. Né en 1934, René-Victor Pilhes a mené une carrière de publicitaire pour se consacrer ensuite à la littérature. Il est l'auteur d'une dizaine de romans dont La Rhubarbe (prix Médicis 1965). L'Imprécateur a reçu le prix Femina en 1974. " Une description au scalpel, saisissante d'actualité, de ces entreprises quasi totalitaires que sont les multinationales. " Le Monde
" Si vous ne m'aimez pas, je ne vous aime pas non plus. " Ainsi, le poing levé, mais l'hommage accepté de la palme d'or à Cannes, Maurice Pialat reçoit-il les sifflements et les bravos. Du réalisateur atypique, solitaire, de l'auteur de Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble, La Gueule ouverte, Sous le soleil de Satan, en tout dix films pour une vie entière passée à réinventer génialement le cinéma français, on sait l'essentiel. La réputation de Maurice Pialat ? Un tempérament jupitérien, tournages violents et émouvants, gifles qui claquent. Certes mais en quoi cela modifie-t-il son cinéma d'auto-fiction, ses personnages creusés jusqu'à l'os, ses tourments qui alimentent même un film de commande comme Van Gogh ? Aucun cinéaste n'a comme lui, jusqu'à l'obsession, transcrit sur l'écran sa vie, ses hésitations, ses divorces, ses chagrins. Pascal Mérigeau, remonte à la source : depuis l'Auvergne natale, les années de dèche chez Olivetti jusqu'à la rencontre avec Claude Berri et Jean-Louis Trintignant, il remue le terreau autour de lui : ce peintre-amateur, ce fils qui déterre sa mère pour les besoins d'un film, ce cinéaste qui débute à 40 ans. Les anecdotes sont ici multiples, et souvent drôles. Il quitte le tournage de Loulou, pour revenir le lendemain. Il poursuit l'acteur Dominique Besnehard une scie à la main, sur A nos Amours. Il épuise sept monteurs différents sur le même film. Quel est le secret de l'Impossible Maurice Pialat pour qu'une Sandrine Bonnaire, qu'il révèle au public, dise : " Je ne me sentais pas jugée. " Et cette phrase du monteur, Yann Dedet : " Maurice vous place sur les rails mais sans dire que les rails existent. " Pascal Mérigeau écrit cette biographie, sans complaisance pour les égarements de Pialat quand il parle politique, mais avec de l'admiration pour cette rage au coeur qui ne l'a jamais quittée.
The provocateur : a novel
Author: René-Victor Pilhes, René-Victor, Pilhes
Originally published in France in 2012, Pascal Mérigeau's definitive biography of legendary film director Jean Renoir is a landmark work—the winner of a Prix Goncourt, France's top literary achievement. Now available in the English language for the first time, Jean Renoir: A Biography, is the definitive study of one of the most fascinating and creative artistic figures of the twentieth century. The life of the French filmmaker is divided between his native France and California, where he lived from 1941 until his death in 1979. Renoir was both an eyewitness and active player of his times: he was wounded in 1915 during World War I; became a director out of a love for film; attached his fortunes to the Communist Party in 1936; was hosted by Fascist Italy in 1940; and then went to Hollywood to make films and become an American citizen. He made movies in France, America, India, and Italy and became a writer during the last part of his life. An estimated 75 percent of the book details previously unknown information about the filmmaker, including: –Renoir's close affiliation with Communism in the '30s, when he was the Party's official director –His previously uncredited Hollywood film, The Amazing Mrs. Holiday –His desire to become an “American director” and appeal to American audiences Drawing from unpublished or little-known sources and featuring previously unpublished photos, this biography is a completely fresh look at the maker of Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game, redefining the very function of the movie director and recounting the history of a century.
The Nothing Machine
Author: Robert Ziegler
In an era when reality was aestheticized as collectibles, Octave Mirbeau unleashed his fiction like a destructive machine, setting fire to stale material and discredited ideologies, burning them as fuel and expelling texts as clean emissions. In this first English-language overview of all the novels published under Mirbeau’s name, this study argues that Mirbeau is unique among his fin-de-siècle peers. Unlike the Decadents, whose art was a reliquary in which dead inspiration was preserved, Mirbeau disengaged himself from the corpses of past works. Abhorring tradition and complacency, Mirbeau elaborated a kinetics of fiction that made the novel into an agent of violent transformation. Contrasting the Decadents’ aesthetic of elegant morbidity with Mirbeau’s vitalistic view of fiction, this volume shows Mirbeau modeling himself on the figure of the torture artist, cutting up his finished works, building novels to disassemble them, fitting them together in revolutionary ways. Creativity for Mirbeau fertilizes un jardin des supplices, a cemetery smoldering with decomposing texts that are resolved into their constituent parts and then reemerge in different guises. In Mirbeau’s writing, lives and art works are only transient aggregates of material, and creativity is immortalized through the perishing of old forms.
Author: Thomas Bernhard
A gathering of brilliant and viciously funny recollections from one of the twentieth century’s most famous literary enfants terribles. Written in 1980 but published here for the first time, these texts tell the story of the various farces that developed around the literary prizes Thomas Bernhard received in his lifetime. Whether it was the Bremen Literature Prize, the Grillparzer Prize, or the Austrian State Prize, his participation in the acceptance ceremony—always less than gracious, it must be said—resulted in scandal (only at the awarding of the prize from Austria’s Federal Chamber of Commerce did Bernhard feel at home: he received that one, he said, in recognition of the great example he set for shopkeeping apprentices). And the remuneration connected with the prizes presented him with opportunities for adventure—of the new-house and luxury-car variety. Here is a portrait of the writer as a prizewinner: laconic, sardonic, and shaking his head with biting amusement at the world and at himself. A revelatory work of dazzling comedy, the pinnacle of Bernhardian art. From the Hardcover edition.
The Abject Object
Author: Keith Reader
This book addresses representations and constructions of masculinity in crisis in contemporary French culture by way of two important concepts – the phallus (largely but not solely in (a) Lacanian sense(s)) and abjection (Kristeva). Scrutiny of these concepts informs readings of a number of texts – literary (Bataille, Adamov, Doubrovsky, Houellebecq, Rochefort, Angot) and cinematic (Ferreri, Eustache, Godard, Noé, Bonello) – in which the abject phallus is a significant factor. The texts chosen all describe or stage crises of masculinity and mastery in ways that suggest that these supposedly beneficent qualities – and the phallus that symbolizes them – can often be perceived as burdensome or even detestable. Abjection is a widely-used concept in contemporary cultural studies, but has not hitherto been articulated with the phallus as emblem of male dominance as it is here. The volume will be of interest to those working in the areas of French, gender and film studies.
American Firms in Europe
Author: Hubert Bonin, Ferry de Goey
Publisher: Librairie Droz
The processes of the Americanisation of Europe and the moves of American firms abroad have been already well studied. But the very expansion of American firms in Europe still lacked a comprehensive survey. This book gathered two dozens of academics on an actual European level, which paves the way to comparisons, synthetised by leading business historian M. Wilkins. The breakthroughs achieved here concern the topics of timetable and rhythms of American FDIs in Europe, the patterns followed in each country, along with the specificities of each industry or service sector, and the strategy adopted by big firms. Beyond the facts, the immaterial aspects of this business history are scrutinised, especially about the perception of American firms by Europeans: firms' corporate image and identity were at stake. The Europeanisation of American firms is a key issue, about industrial relations, management. commercial policies. brand image, connections and embeddedness. The positions of public authorities and of (industrialists and trade unions') lobbies in front of such an American offensive are also gauged. Graphs and tables of figures provide numerous data. And a few chapters are accompanied by an overview of ads published by American affiliates in newsmagazines. to fuel analysis of their perception by consumers.
Author: Octave Mirbeau
Publisher: Dedalus Limited
Part two of Octave Mirbeau's autobiographical trilogy, ABBE JULES tells of a priest's lifelong struggle with his passions. With the realism of Zola and the decadent vision of D'Aurevilly, and reflecting the impressionism of Monet, Pissaro and Van Gogh, Mirbeau's novel presents us with a small boy's vision of provincial France, where family, education and religion conspire to produce a petit bourgeois tortured by repressed desire, violent fantasies, and forbidden lusts.
Details the true story of seven monks kidnapped from a Trappist monastery in war-torn Algeria to be used as negotiation tools to free imprisoned terrorists and whose severed heads were found in a tree two months later, in a powerful account of Christian martyrdom set against the turbulent backdrop of political terrorism in modern Algeria. Reprint.
A suspense thriller from Denis Robert and Franck Biancarelli that'll keep you on the edge of your seat. How can an old, ill, rich man become immortal? By transplanting his brain into the body of a young athlete being pursued by the Mafia...