Coups de coeur

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    «Born in 1950 in Helsinki, Finland, from 1971 Sammallahti began to exhibit extensively in Finland and throughout the world. He is recognised as a master craftsman both in terms of the photographic print and also in mechanical printing methods. His own innovative printing techniques and his reintroduction of the portfolio form have been a major influence on published photographic art. Here Far Away is the first major retrospective book of the leading international photographer. It covers more than forty years of work and unfolds in almost as many countries.»

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    «Cet ouvrage est issu d'une enquête sociologique de trois années menée sur les cinq sites industriels de Moulinex qui ont fermé en automne 2001 et entraîné le licenciement direct de plus de 3 000 salariés en Basse-Normandie. De la même manière que pour l'enquête sur les chômeurs de Marienthal (Lazarsfeld, 1981), cette recherche auprès des licenciés de Moulinex se veut être une étude exemplaire dans le sens où les effets de la disparition d'une grande entreprise éclairent et renseignent sur le phénomène plus vaste du chômage de masse. Par l'analyse de l'expérience du chômage des ex-Moulinex, l'auteur propose une étude approfondie et actualisée des effets sociaux de la perte d'emploi ainsi que des lignes de réflexion pour mieux aborder les questions du reclassement et du retour à l'emploi des travailleurs licenciés.»

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    «A decade into the 21st century, our world is more interconnected than ever before. Yet even as the global community becomes increasingly more complex and competitive, the world is changing at a rapid pace. Just consider some of the major events of the 21st century: intense climate change accompanied by significant weather extremes; deadly tsunamis caused by submarine earthquakes; unprecedented terrorist attacks in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere; costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; a terrible and overlooked conflict in Equatorial Africa costing millions of lives; an economic crisis threatening the stability of the international system. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. With all this international upheaval, is there a conceptual framework that can accommodate these global changes, help us understand the transformations and interconnections, and inform our thoughts and decisions through a comprehensive perspective? In Why Geography Matters: More Than Ever, acclaimed author Harm de Blij answers this question with one resounding affirmation: geography. In this new and revised edition of the immensely popular Why Geography Matters, de Blij shows how and why the U.S. has become the world's most geographically illiterate society of consequence--and demonstrates that this geographic illiteracy is a direct risk to America's national security. Despite the current state of global entwinement and rapid change, Americans seem to be less informed and less knowledgeable about the rest of the world than ever. In 2011, the Nation's Report Card showed that only 20 percent of high school seniors were found to be proficient in geography. De Blij shows why this dispiriting picture needs to change, and change now. Insightful and thought-provoking, de Blij's book tackles topics from the burgeoning presence of China to the troubling disarray of the European Union, from the concerning nuclear ambitions of North Korea to the revolutionary Arab Spring. By improving our understanding of the world's geography, de Blij shows, we can better respond to the events around us, and better prepare ourselves to face the global challenges ahead. Peppering his writing with anecdotes from his own professional travels, de Blij expands upon his original argument in a new edition that is as engaging as it is eye opening. Casual students of geography and professional policy makers alike will benefit from this stimulating and crucial perspective on geography and the way it informs our understanding of the world.»

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    «A decade into the 21st century, our world is more interconnected than ever before. Yet even as the global community becomes increasingly more complex and competitive, the world is changing at a rapid pace. Just consider some of the major events of the 21st century: intense climate change accompanied by significant weather extremes; deadly tsunamis caused by submarine earthquakes; unprecedented terrorist attacks in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere; costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; a terrible and overlooked conflict in Equatorial Africa costing millions of lives; an economic crisis threatening the stability of the international system. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. With all this international upheaval, is there a conceptual framework that can accommodate these global changes, help us understand the transformations and interconnections, and inform our thoughts and decisions through a comprehensive perspective? In Why Geography Matters: More Than Ever, acclaimed author Harm de Blij answers this question with one resounding affirmation: geography. In this new and revised edition of the immensely popular Why Geography Matters, de Blij shows how and why the U.S. has become the world's most geographically illiterate society of consequence--and demonstrates that this geographic illiteracy is a direct risk to America's national security. Despite the current state of global entwinement and rapid change, Americans seem to be less informed and less knowledgeable about the rest of the world than ever. In 2011, the Nation's Report Card showed that only 20 percent of high school seniors were found to be proficient in geography. De Blij shows why this dispiriting picture needs to change, and change now. Insightful and thought-provoking, de Blij's book tackles topics from the burgeoning presence of China to the troubling disarray of the European Union, from the concerning nuclear ambitions of North Korea to the revolutionary Arab Spring. By improving our understanding of the world's geography, de Blij shows, we can better respond to the events around us, and better prepare ourselves to face the global challenges ahead. Peppering his writing with anecdotes from his own professional travels, de Blij expands upon his original argument in a new edition that is as engaging as it is eye opening. Casual students of geography and professional policy makers alike will benefit from this stimulating and crucial perspective on geography and the way it informs our understanding of the world.»

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    «SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2012. It's Malaya, 1949. After studying law at Cambrige and time spent helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, Yun Ling Teoh, herself the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle fringed plantations of Northern Malaya where she grew up as a child. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the Emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in Kuala Lumpur, in memory of her sister who died in the camp. Aritomo refuses, but agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice 'until the monsoon comes'. Then she can design a garden for herself. As the months pass, Yun Ling finds herself intimately drawn to her sensei and his art while, outside the garden, the threat of murder and kidnapping from the guerrillas of the jungle hinterland increases with each passing day. But the Garden of Evening Mists is also a place of mystery. Who is Aritomo and how did he come to leave Japan? And is the real story of how Yun Ling managed to survive the war perhaps the darkest secret of all?»

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    "Peter von Matt’s Essayband “Das Kalb vor der Gotthardpost” ist der diesjährige Gewinner des Schweizer Literaturpreises. Es handele sich um “ein Buch, das in herausragender Weise zur Gegenwart der Schweiz“ spreche. „In Analysen von großer sprachlicher Kraft und gedanklicher Originalität beleuchtet Peter von Matt den Zusammenhang zwischen Literatur und Politik“, so die Begründung der Jury."

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    «Démonstration de la progression des inégalités dans nos sociétés, et de leur dangerosité pour la paix sociale, par le prix Nobel en économie (2001) J.E. Stiglitz.»

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    «Nearly 300 spectacular photographs of Londons lost buildings from the London Metropolitan Archive in Panoramic format. Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buidings, some of them historic masterpieces, captured in location just before their destruction between 1870-1945.»

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    «An intricately plotted world of spies, lies and the double cross ... a coming of age story about an individual's self enlightenment, as much as a sui generis thriller. A thrilling, plot-twisting new novel set in Europe during the first world war. There are few more reliable literary pleasures than a Boyd novel. Over three decades he has established himself as one of Britain's most popular and highly regarded novelists. He writes intelligent books about plausible and fully rounded characters, brimming with challenging ideas and themes. Above all, he is an incredible storyteller.»

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    «Trois récits sur le thème de l’accession à la maturité. Homme immature tourmenté par un amour à sens unique, ou adolescent rebelle à l’autorité d’un père, tous ces personnages apprennent à grandir face aux obstacles de la vie.»

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    "Nobelpreisträger Eric Kandel hat mit »Das Zeitalter der Erkenntnis« ein brillantes Buch geschrieben, das uns in das Wien Sigmund Freuds, Gustav Klimts und Arthur Schnitzlers entführt. Dort setzten um 1900 die angesehensten Köpfe der Naturwissenschaft, Medizin und Kunst eine Revolution in Gang, die den Blick auf den menschlichen Geist und seine Beziehung zur Kunst für immer verändern sollte. Was passiert in unserem Gehirn, wenn wir Kunst betrachten, welche Einsichten und Emotionen werden dadurch ausgelöst? Und inwiefern sind sie Grundlage für Empathie oder Kreativität? Um das herauszufinden, begibt sich Eric Kandel in das Wien um 1900, wo ein enger und produktiver Austausch zwischen den bedeutendsten Psychologen, Künstlern und Literaten der Zeit stattfand. Indem Kandel diese ganz besondere Atmosphäre wiederauferstehen lässt, erzählt er die Geschichte der modernen Wissenschaft des Geistes von ihren Anfängen bis heute."

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    Hilary Mantel wins 2012 Man Booker Prize. "The year is 1535 and Thomas Cromwell, chief Minister to Henry VIII, must work both to please the king and keep the nation safe. Anne Boleyn, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church, has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. As Henry develops a dangerous attraction to Wolf Hall’s Jane Seymour, Thomas must negotiate a ‘truth’ that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne’s final days."

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    Le prix Nobel de littérature 2012 a été décerné à l'écrivain chinois Mo Yan pour son "réalisme hallucinatoire", a annoncé l'Académie suédoise, qui souligne qu'il "unit conte, histoire et le contemporain". "Mo Yan, en associant imagination et réalité, perspective historique et sociale, a créé un univers qui, par sa complexité, rappelle celui d'écrivains tels William Faulkner et Gabriel García Márquez, tout en s'ancrant dans la littérature ancienne chinoise et la tradition populaire du conte", poursuit l'Académie. 

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    Après la mise en ligne sous forme d'e-book du premier volume de la collection «Terres rouges - Histoire de la sidérurgie luxembourgeoise», les Archives nationales et le Centre d'études et de recherches européennes Robert Schuman rendent le deuxième volume de cette série de publications intégralement et gratuitement téléchargeable. Tandis que le premier fascicule de la série « Terres rouges – Histoire de la sidérurgie luxembourgeoise » était essentiellement focalisé sur le Grand-Duché, les deux articles de fond du second volume placent l'industrie lourde nationale dans son contexte européen.

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    Ce très beau film signé Valerio Zurlini est pourtant l'un des plus méconnus d'Alain Delon. À Rimini, un nouveau professeur débarque dans un établissement sans histoire. Bientôt, celui-ci se sent attiré par une mystérieuse élève (la très belle Sonia Petrovna)… Un drame psychologique poignant, sur l'autopsie d'un couple à la dérive. Delon y est admirable en enseignant désabusé.

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    The movie is about a skilled, intelligent, cynical, and personally troubled New York call girl who does not, for once, have a heart of gold. The girl's name is Bree, and the movie should probably be titled Bree instead of "Klute," because the Jane Fonda character is at the center. John Klute (played by Donald Sutherland) is a policeman who has come to New York, free-lance, to try to settle a missing persons case. It appears that the missing man may still be alive, and may be the source of obscene letters and telephone calls Bree has been receiving. The film examines their somewhat strange relationship, and at the same time functions on another level as a somewhat awkward thriller. "Klute" still perhaps stands as Pakula's finest moment. Informed in part by the conventions of film noir , "Klute" manages to distil them all into something highly original and distinctly unsettling. The taut sense of menace and urban claustrophobia is heightened by the performances. Jane Fonda won an Oscar for her part as the independent woman twisted by emotional contradictions, while Sutherland - as the morally uptight guardian confused by the notion of dependency - more than matches her for intensity.”

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    Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay, The Shawshank Redemption, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, is an extraordinary tale of hope and survival inside a maximum security prison. Based on a Stephen King novella, Frank Darabont's screenplay follows the complex twenty-year relationship between two convicts who have little in common—except friendship.

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    Heinrich Schoeneich ist Schönheitschirurg. Neun Monate im Jahr geht er Tag für Tag in seine Münchner Privatpraxis und macht Lidstraffungen, Brustvergrößerungen und Narbenbehandlungen. Doch das ist nur die eine Seite seines Lebens. In seinem Urlaub operiert er seit zehn Jahren arme Menschen in Entwicklungsländern wie Burma, Afghanistan und Nigeria. Für sein außergewöhnliches Engagement wurde ihm im Jahr 2006 das Bundesverdienstkreuz verliehen. Er gehört zur Organisation Interplast, einem gemeinnützigen Verein für plastische Chirurgie, die in den letzten zehn Jahren über 8.000 Operationen durchgeführt, Ärzte in verschiedenen Ländern ausgebildet und Krankenhäuser aufgebaut hat. Wir haben Schoeneich auf einer seiner Reisen nach Burma begleitet. Was treibt einen Schönheitschirurgen, der hier alles hat, in den Re-genwald, um dort zu operieren? Sein Helfersyndrom? Abenteuerlust? WESTDEUTSCHE ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG: Dass dieser Film nicht tränendrüsendrückend die Geschichte vom Arzt als Übermenschen erzählt, (...), liegt an der feinfühligen Dokumentation (...). Der Film erreicht die Zuschauer auf eine tiefe Weise. (...) Helfen ist möglich - dieser Film erinnert daran, ohne zu belehren. FAZ: behutsam und trotzdem schonungslos.

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    One of the defining roles of the late, great Paul Newman, The Hustler sees him co-star with Jackie Gleason in an acclaimed, award-winning piece of cinema. Low-life pool player Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) begins a downhill slide after losing to Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). However, gambler Bert Gordon (George C. Scott) sees the potential in the boy, takes him in, teaches him the art of the hustle, and sets him on the road to another thrilling pool hall confrontation with the unbeatable Fats. There’s so much to admire. The performances from Newman, Gleason, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie are uniformly outstanding, the film is dripping with detail, full of quotable lines, and brilliantly written. Robert Rossen's acclaimed classic won an Oscar for Best Cinematography and was nominated for a further six.

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