Coups de coeur

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    “This pioneering study offers detailed analysis of the impact of photographys birth on the classical art form of painting. Photography divided opinion in its early years; some saw it as an invaluable tool in the enhancement of artistic reproductions, while many believed it to be too mechanical to be associated with the grand concept of Art. Covering portraiture, landscapes, nudes, tableaux vivants, and still lifes, this richly-illustrated volume showcases some of the earliest photographic works alongside paintings that challenged, resisted, or were influenced by the emergence of photography in the first half of the nineteenth century. Author Dominique de Font-Réaulx examines the birth of photography in this period, its first forays into the public domain, and the organizations set up to preserve and defend it against a raft of criticism. The influence of figures such as Daguerre (creator of the daguerreotype, and originally a painter himself), Nièpce, and Hippolyte Bayard is charted, as the idea of accurately replicating images seen by the human eye gradually became a very real possibility. Imperfections, for so long erased by painters seeking to capture an idealized version of the body, were laid bare by an invention that captured even the minutest details. Featuring an engaging text accompanied by a rich selection of illustrations, Painting and Photography explores not only photographys fight for recognition, but its impact on painters of the day, challenging them to devise new ways of capturing the human form.”

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    "L'auteur reconstitue l'histoire et le destin du peuple arménien à partir de témoignages et de souvenirs d'enfance d'Arméniens arrivés en Roumanie après l'exode consécutif au génocide de 1915 jusqu'à leur exil sous le régime communiste. Des récits de vie imprégnés de la tragédie arménienne mais aussi de la tragédie roumaine."

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    "Le catalogue est construit en forme d'abécédaire, d'Amitié à Wouhouhou, en passant par Idéfix et Sanglier. Les parcours d'Uderzo et Goscinny, l'évolution graphique ou encore les célèbres jeux de mots y sont analysés. Spécialistes de la bande dessinée et proches témoins livrent les secrets de cette aventure éditoriale."

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    “Spike Lee has written, directed, produced and acted in dozens of films that present an expansive, nuanced, proudly opinionated, and richly multifaceted portrait of American society. As the only African–American filmmaker ever to establish a world–class career, Lee has paid acute attention to the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities. But white men and women also play important roles in his movies, and his interest in class, race, and urban life hasn’t prevented his films from ranging over broad swaths of the American scene in stories as diverse as the audiences who view them. His defining trait is a willingness to raise hard questions about contemporary America without pretending to have easy answers; his pictures are designed to challenge and provoke us, not ease our minds or pacify our emotions. The opening words of his 1989 masterpiece Do the Right Thing present his core message in two emphatic syllables: “Wake up!” Spike Lee’s America is a vibrant and provocative engagement not only with the work of a great filmmaker, but also with American society and politics.”

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    „Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm sind weit mehr als die bekanntesten Märchenerzähler der Deutschen. Tatsächlich zählten die berühmten Brüder zu den produktivsten Sprachforschern ihres Jahrhunderts. Pünktlich zur Ausstellung Expedition Grimm des Landes Hessen (April - September 2013) erscheint der vorliegende, von namhaften Sprachhistorikern und Grimm-Forschern erarbeitete Band. Das Buch gibt einen spannenden Überblick über das Wirken der Grimms, präsentiert die Sprachkultur damals und heute, vermittelt Einblicke in zwei außergewöhnliche Forscherleben und zeigt, wie ihre Ideen und Konzepte bis heute aktuell geblieben sind.“

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    „In den letzten Jahren hat sich in Georgien eine lebendige und vielstimmige Literatur herausgebildet, die vor allem von jungen Autorinnen bestimmt wird. Mit Lakonie, Scharfsinn und ungeheurer Erzählfreude porträtieren sie Leben und gesellschaftliche Umbrüche in ihrem Land."

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    “Based on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with more than 200 people-and published in coordination with the international theatrical release of a major documentary film from the Weinstein Company-The Private War of J.D. Salinger is a global cultural event: the definitive biography of one of the most beloved and mysterious figures of the twentieth century. For more than fifty years, the ever elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye has been the subject of a relentless stream of newspaper and magazine articles as well as several biographies. Yet all of these attempts have been hampered by a fundamental lack of access and by the persistent recycling of inaccurate information. Salinger remains, astonishingly, an enigma. The complex and contradictory human being behind the myth has never been revealed. No longer. In the eight years since The Private War of J.D. Salinger was begun, and especially in the three years since Salinger's death, the authors interviewed on five continents more than 200 people, many of whom had previously refused to go on the record about their relationship with Salinger. This oral biography offers direct eyewitness accounts from Salinger's World War II brothers-in-arms, his family members, his close friends, his lovers, his classmates, his neighbors, his editors, his publishers, his New Yorker colleagues, and people with whom he had relationships that were secret even to his own family. Shields and Salerno illuminate most brightly the last fifty-six years of Salinger's life: a period that, until now, had remained completely dark to biographers. Provided unprecedented access to never-before-published photographs (more than 100 throughout the book), diaries, letters, legal records, and secret documents, readers will feel they have, for the first time, gotten beyond Salinger's meticulously built-up wall. The result is the definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the twentieth century.”

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    "Le peloton Charlie, envoyé en mission de paix en Afghanistan, rassemble des soldats de tous les horizons. Ils sont confrontés au danger, au désoeuvrement à l'intérieur d'une base avancée, bastion fantomatique au coeur du désert, mais aussi à eux-mêmes, à leurs craintes et à leurs interrogations. Une opération à l'extérieur de la base fait voler en éclats toutes leurs certitudes."

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    "This volume of conference proceedings brings together the latest evidence-based research on teaching informatics in schools. Two keynote contributions and 15 scholarly articles address a variety of topics such as computer science in teaching primary, secondary and high school students, blind pupils solving algorithmic problems, applying computer science to computational physics, using computer games as programming assignments, and so on. The authors are specialists in educational research and take into account current pedagogical theories such as situated and constructive learning theories, and competence measurement. They examine different approaches from around Europe and investigate methods for teaching not only computer usage but also algorithmic and computational thinking." Cette publication est accessible en ligne via le portail findit.lu aux usagers inscrits à la Bibliothèque Nationale ou aux bibliothèques de l’Université du Luxembourg.

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    "Le Centre national de littérature héberge dans sa bibliothèque, mais aussi dans les diverses bibliothèques d’auteurs ainsi que dans les fonds d’archives anthumes et posthumes plus de 4000 exemplaires de livres dédicacés. L’exposition die Widmung – la dédicace ainsi que le catalogue qui l’accompagne mettent à l’honneur 37 volumes, pour la plupart extraits de cette collection. Ces ouvrages constituent des objets privés que des auteur(e)s ont fait circuler au gré de motifs divers. La dédicace quant à elle rend le livre qui la recèle unique et ouvre une fenêtre sur des instantanés de relations humaines et personnelles. Parfois, au-delà de son implication privée dans une dédicace, l’auteur ou le destinataire est lié à un paysage littéraire donné, que ce soit en tant qu’écrivain, éditeur ou encore critique. Dès lors, la dédicace dévoile non seulement un instantané de vie, mais aussi un pan d’histoire littéraire."

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    «The Architecture of John Lautner "The purpose of architecture," said John Lautner, "is to create timeless, free, joyous spaces for all activities in life." Infinite Space, a new documentary feature film, traces the lifelong quest of visionary genius John Lautner to create "architecture that has no beginning and no end." It is the story of brilliance and of a complicated life - and the most sensual architecture of the 20th century. As a young man, Lautner broke from his mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright, and went west to California to forge his own architecture. His life was marked by innovation and inspiration, endless battles with building codes, an accidental leap into the epicenter of pop culture, bitterness at lost opportunities, and finally - monumental achievement. Lautner was idolized by young modernists, criticized by academics, and beloved by the clients who worked side by side with him to build their houses. It was a life in pursuit of beauty. Renowned architectural filmmaker Murray Grigor explores Lautner's dramatic spaces with choreographed camera moves, as Lautner himself provides the commentary, speaking with insight and wit in recordings culled from archival sources. Other voices join him: comments from Frank Gehry and his peers who were influenced by Lautner, the emotional memories of original clients, owners and builders, the remarks of Frank Escher, the architect who restored the Chemosphere house, and Julius Shulman who famously photographed all the great modernists.»

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    «Raimund Gregorius is a mild-mannered, middle-aged professor of ancient languages. One morning, as he is teaching, he is seized by a restlessness that drives him to abandon his classroom then and there - shocking his students, and surprising even himself. His unusual impulsiveness is driven by two chance encounters - with a mysterious Portuguese woman in a red coat and with a book, the journal of an enigmatic Portuguese aristocrat, Amadeu de Prado. With the book as his talisman, Raimund boards the night train to Lisbon on a journey to find out more about Prado, whose words haunt and compel him. Gradually, a picture of an extraordinary man emerges: a difficult, brilliant, charismatic figure, a doctor and a poet, and a rebel against Salazar's dictatorship. And as Prado's story comes to light so, too, Gregorius himself begins his life anew.»

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    «Ce magnifique trio ... Le titre du CD le dit. Subtile, finement tissée, pleine de suspense, mais de manière détendue et lisse - cela pourrait décrire la musique très particulière du trio "Kalima". La chanteuse Sascha Ley a créé sa propre identité musicale. Le jeu de piano de Laia Genc est très original et incomparable. Anne Kaftan au sax et à clarinette basse met sa propre touche. La plupart des titres de ce CD, écrit par Sascha Ley et Laia Genc, sont extrêmement complexes. Les oreilles attentives feront de nouvelles découvertes à chaque écoute, ce qui vaut le coup à chaque fois.»

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    «Nicolás meets the woman of his dreams, Ingrid, and the son he never had but suddenly longs for all at once one morning on the airplane taking them from Alicante to Barcelona. Her husband, a French Air Force Captain, died recently in Bosnia. Raúl is 8 and has a powerful imagination. From this moment on, the love shared among the three of them is perfect until suddenly Ingrid decides it's all over.»

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    «Piping and poetry are surely of the essence of Ireland. Here, distilled to perfection, are Seamus Heaney and Liam O’ Flynn, both masters of their craft. Iit is not often we are given the opportunity to hear a poet recite his own verses. The pipes and the poetry appear on separate tracks, but they blend well as a complete experience. The recording features traditional and contemporary music, lyrics and poetry such as An Bonnán Buí, one of the oldest known Irish traditional songs. Seamus Heaney is widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century. A native of Northern Ireland, Heaney was raised in County Derry, and later lived for many years in Dublin. He was the author of over 20 volumes of poetry and criticism, and edited several widely used anthologies. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past." Heaney taught at Harvard University (1985-2006) and served as the Oxford Professor of Poetry (1989-1994). He died in 2013.»

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    “I loved reading it, and found it fascinating, but I also found it dangerous. An incitement to riot...It’s an extraordinary piece of work and the writing is utterly beautiful...I laughed out loud, often, in painful recognition.”—Esther Freud “She captures the absolute shock of suddenly finding yourself responsible for another person—with no training, no guidance, and, indeed, no one coming from their planet to take them back. A brilliant book—and so funny too.”—Kate Atkinson Rachel Cusk was born in 1967 and is the author of seven novels: She won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Award. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists.

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    "Rescapés du chaos de la Grande Guerre, Albert et Edouard comprennent que le pays ne veut plus d'eux. La France glorifie ses morts et oublie les survivants. Condamnés à l'exclusion, et refusant de céder à l'amertume, ils imaginent ensemble une arnaque gigantesque qui va mettre le pays tout entier en effervescence."

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    "Die Schriftstellerin Marion Poschmann erhielt den mit 30.000 Euro dotierten Preis für ihren Roman “Die Sonnenposition”. Aus der Begründung der Jury: „Marion Poschmann ist eine Meisterin der Camouflage und der Mimikry, der Spiegelung und Täuschung, der Dialektik des Sich-Zeigens und des Verbergens.“ Der Wilhelm-Raabe-Literaturpreis wird jährlich von der Stadt Braunschweig und dem Deutschlandfunk vergeben und zählt zu den renommiertesten Literaturauszeichnungen im deutschsprachigen Raum. Preisträger der vergangenen Jahre waren Christian Kracht für „Imperium“ (2012), Sibylle Lewitscharoff für „Blumenberg“ (2011) und Andreas Maier für „Das Zimmer“ (2010).."

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    "Wagner und seine Musik werden gefürchtet, verachtet oder vergöttert. Martin Geck hat eine grundlegend neue und fesselnde Biographie eines der bedeutendsten und zugleich umstrittensten Komponisten der letzten Jahrhunderte geschrieben. Bei Richard Wagner geht es immer ums Ganze. Nicht nur um das Leben, auch um die Idee eines Gesamtkunstwerks, um den Komponisten als Kunstpropheten. An Wagner und seinem Werk scheiden sich die Geister. Und zugleich beeindruckt seine Musik durch die wundersame Fähigkeit, uns mit dem Augenblick zu versöhnen. Martin Geck will mit diesem Buch nicht nur Wagner und seiner Musik auf die Spur kommen, sondern auch uns selbst und unserer Zeit. Indem er wichtige musikwissenschaftliche, philosophische und lebensgeschichtliche Fragen an Wagners Leben und Werk richtet, schlägt er eine Brücke zwischen einstigen und heutigen Diskussionen: Was waren die Leitmotive in Wagners Lebens? Was fasziniert uns bis heute an Tristan und Isolde oder am Ring des Nibelungen? Beschädigt Wagners Antisemitismus sein Werk? Welche Werte und Unwerte nehmen wir durch seine Opern und musikalischen Dramen in uns auf? Wer Richard Wagner und seine Musik verstehen will, muss dieses Buch zur Hand nehmen."

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