We Recommend 2013

L'Anniversaire

Mouloud Feraoun

Les murs tremblent. L'atmosphère est empoisonnée de haine et de fureur. Claire est parmi les siens. Moi, je me cache jusqu'à la fin des négociations. Elle est française, je suis algérien... Quelques jours avant son assassinat, Mouloud Feraoun compose les premiers chapitres de ce roman inachevé, suivis ici d'études, de récits et de trois textes autobiographiques.

Chants berbères de Kabylie

Jean Amrouche

Craignant que la beauté des chants berbères ne disparaisse avec la voix de sa mère, Jean Amrouche a entrepris de consigner tous les chants qui ont bercé son enfance. En les exprimant en français, il en a fait un trésor de la poésie universelle.

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Lettres à un ami allemand

Albert CAMUS

Les quatre Lettres à un ami allemand, écrites sous l'Occupation et destinées à des publications clandestines, expriment déjà la doctrine de La peste et de L'homme révolté. Elles se placent sous l'invocation de Senancour qui, en une formule saisissante, avait résumé la philosophie de la révolte : "L'homme est périssable. Il se peut ; mais périssons en résistant, et si le néant nous est réservé, ne faisons pas que ce soit une justice !"

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L'ordre libertaire: La vie philosophique d'Albert Camus

Michel Onfray

Pour mettre fin à une légende fabriquée de toutes pièces par Sartre et les siens, celle d'un Camus "philosophe pour classes terminales", d'un homme de gauche tiède, d'un penseur des petits Blancs pendant la guerre d'Algérie, Michel Onfray nous invite à la rencontre d'une ≈ìuvre et d'un destin exceptionnels. Né à Alger, Albert Camus a appris la philosophie en même temps qu'il découvrait un monde auquel il est resté fidèle toute sa vie, celui des pauvres, des humiliés, des victimes. Celui de son père, ouvrier agricole mort à la guerre, celui de sa mère, femme de ménage morte aux mots mais modèle de vertu méditerranéenne : droiture, courage, sens de l'honneur, modestie, dignité. La vie philosophique d'Albert Camus, qui fut hédoniste, libertaire, anarchiste, anticolonialiste et viscéralement hostile à tous les totalitarismes, illustre de bout en bout cette morale solaire.

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Out of Africa: Post-Structuralism's Colonial Roots

Pal Ahluwalia

At the heart of this book is the argument that the fact that so many post-structuralist French intellectuals have a strong 'colonial' connection, usually with Algeria, cannot be a coincidence. The 'biographical' fact that so many French intellectuals were born in or otherwise connected with French Algeria has often been noted, but it has never been theorised. Ahluwalia makes a convincing case that post-structuralism in fact has colonial and postcolonial roots. This is an important argument, and one that 'connects' two theoretical currents that continue to be of great interest, post-structuralism and postcolonialism.

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The Wretched of the Earth

by Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon was one of the twentieth century's most important theorists of revolution, colonialism, and racial difference, and this, his masterwork, is a classic alongside Orientalism and The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation. Bearing singular insight into the rage of colonized peoples and the role of violence in historical change, the book also incisively attacks postindependence disenfranchisement of the masses by the elite on one hand, and intertribal and interfaith animosities on the other. A veritable handbook of social reorganization for leaders of emerging nations, The Wretched of the Earth has had a major impact on civil rights, anticolonialism, and black-consciousness movements around the world. This new translation updates its language for a new generation of readers and its lessons are more vital now than ever.

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Le premier homme

Albert Camus

Le 4 janvier 1960, une voiture de sport dérape sur la chaussée glissante et tamponne un platane. L'accident fait plusieurs victimes parmi lesquelles Albert Camus, romancier, essayiste, dramaturge, journaliste, prix Nobel de littérature. Dans les débris, on retrouve une serviette en cuir. Elle contient un manuscrit, inachevé. Ce projet autobiographique qui prend sa source dans une Algérie gorgée de soleil est entre vos mains, avec les notes d'intention de l'auteur, les phrases-aphorismes qui donnent le ton, les hésitations et les exaltations du livre à venir. Le premier homme est le dernier Camus, émouvant et captivant.

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Fanon and the Crisis of European Man:

An Essay on Philosophy and the Human Sciences

Lewis R. Gordon

As the first book to analyze the work of Fanon as an existential-phenomenological of human sciences and liberation philosopher, Gordon deploys Fanon's work to illuminate how the "bad faith" of European science and civilization have philosophically stymied the project of liberation. Fanon's body of work serves as a critique of European science and society, and shows the ways in which the project of "truth" is compromised by Eurocentric artificially narrowed scope of humanity--a circumstance to which he refers as the crisis of European Man. In his examination of the roots of this crisis, Gordon explores the problems of historical salvation and the dynamics of oppression, the motivation behind contemporary European obstruction of the advancement of a racially just world, the forms of anonymity that pervade racist theorizing and contribute to "seen invisibility," and the reasons behind the impossibility of a nonviolent transition from colonialism and neocolonialism to postcolonialism.

La Mort heureuse

Albert Camus

En 1938, Albert Camus abandonne son premier roman, La mort heureuse, pour commencer à rédiger L'étranger. Ce premier projet romanesque, publié à titre posthume, est riche pourtant de descriptions lumineuses de la nature et de réflexions anticonformistes. Le héros, Meursault, recherche désespérément le bonheur, fût-ce au prix d'un crime. Son parcours est nourri de la jeunesse difficile et ardente de Camus ; ses choix et ses pensées annoncent les récits et les essais à venir.

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American Monster

How the Nation's First Prehistoric Creature Became a Symbol of National Identity

Paul Semoni

In 1801, the first complete mastodon skeleton was excavated in the Hudson River Valley, marking the climax of a century-long debate in America and Europe over the identity of a mysterious creature known as the American Incognitum. Long before the dinosaurs were discovered and the notion of geological time acquired currency, many citizens of the new republic believed this mythical beast to be a ferocious carnivore, capable of crushing deer and elk in its "monstrous grinders." During the American Revolution, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson avidly collected its bones; for the founding fathers, its massive jaws symbolized the violence of the natural world and the emerging nation's own dreams of conquest.

Paul Semonin's lively history of this icon of American nationalism focuses on the link between patriotism and prehistoric nature. From the first fist-sized tooth found in 1705, which Puritan clergyman claimed was evidence of human giants, to the scientific racialism associated with the discovery of extinct species, Semonin traces the evangelical beliefs, Enlightenment thought, and Indian myths which led the founding fathers to view this prehistoric monster as a symbol of nationhood.

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DIRTY WARS

Dirty Wars follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, into the heart of America's covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond.

Part political thriller and part detective story, Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into one of the most important and underreported stories of our time. What begins as a report into a U.S. night raid gone terribly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan quickly turns into a global investigation of the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

As Scahill digs deeper into the activities of JSOC, he is pulled into a world of covert operations unknown to the public and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. In military jargon, JSOC teams "find, fix, and finish" their targets, who are selected through a secret process. No target is off limits for the "kill list," including U.S. citizens.

Dirty Wars takes viewers to remote corners of the globe to see first-hand wars fought in their name and offers a behind-the-scenes look at a high-stakes investigation.

We are left with haunting questions about freedom and democracy, war and justice.

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Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

In Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times bestseller Blackwater: The World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, takes us inside America's new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture, or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies.

Dirty Wars follows the consequences of the declaration that "the world is a battlefield," as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill reports from the frontlines in this high-stakes investigation and explores the depths of America's global killing machine. He goes beneath the surface of America's covert wars, conducted in the shadows, outside the range of the press, without effective congressional oversight or public debate. And, based on unprecedented access, Scahill tells the chilling story of an American citizen marked for assassination by his own government.

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Contre-histoire du libéralisme

Domenico LOSURDO

Le libéralisme continue aujourd'hui d'exercer une influence décisive sur la politique mondiale et de jouir d'un crédit rarement remis en cause. Si les "travers" de l'économie de marché peuvent à l'occasion lui être imputés, les bienfaits de sa philosophie politique semblent évidents.

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El origen de la moral

Salvador Giner

Un tratado sobre nuestro comportamiento social, miedos, anhelos y deseos. Más allá de una crisis económica, ¿estamos frente a una crisis moral? Somos seres morales: juzgamos la conducta ajena y la propia. Poseemos valores, creencias, invocamos las normas o las transgredimos.

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Hope Against Hope: A Memoir

Nadezhda Mandelstam

'Suddently, at about one o'clock in the morning, there was a sharp, unbearably explicit knock on the door. 'They've come for Osip', I said'. In 1933 the poet Osip Mandelstam- friend to Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova- wrote a spirited satire denouncing Josef Stalin. It proved to be a sixteen-line death sentence. For his one act of defiance he was arrested by the Cheka, the secret police, interrogated, exiled and eventually re-arrested. He died en route to one of Stalin's labour camps. His wife, Nadezhda (1899-1980) was with him on both occasions when he was arrested, and she loyally accompanied him into exile in the Urals, where he wrote his last great poems.

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

by Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan recounts the pioneering photographer Edward Curtis' life-risking effort to document the disappearing North American Indian nation, offering insight into the danger and resolve behind his venture, his elevation to an impassioned advocate, and the posthumous discovery of his achievements.

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The Last Viking

The Life of Roald Amundsen

by Stephen Bown

The Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world. In 1900, the four great geographical mysteries‚Äö -the Northwest Passage, the Northeast Passage, the South Pole, and the North Pole‚Äö- remained blank spots on the globe. Within twenty years Roald Amundsen would claim all four prizes. Renowned for his determination and technical skills, both feared and beloved by his men, Amundsen is a legend of the heroic age of exploration, which shortly thereafter would be tamed by technology, commerce, and publicity. Féted in his lifetime as an international celebrity, pursued by women and creditors, he died in the Arctic on a rescue mission for an inept rival explorer.

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Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left

Martin Duberman

Howard Zinn was perhaps the best-known and most widely celebrated popular interpreter of American history in the twentieth century, renowned as a bestselling author, a political activist, a lecturer, and one of America's most recognizable and admired progressive voices.

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Distant View of a Minaret

by Alifa Rifaat

Given the monumental (continuous) changes post-Arab Spring, my recent (ongoing) search for women's voices before and after led me to an unusual writer who defies many expectations of what it means to be internationally literary: Alifa Rifaat lives and works in a traditional Egyptian Muslim society (this collection was first published in English translation almost three decades ago), she does not have a university education (her family married her off instead), she speaks a single language which means her reading is restricted to literature available only in Arabic, and the only time she has left her provincial Egyptian life is for religious pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina.

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