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    Amérique 1950 : le « White only » s'applique partout : bus, hôtels, culture ; pour un soldat noir, voyager d'un État à l'autre est une odyssée. C'est dans un pays au bord de l'implosion que, de retour de la guerre de Corée, Frank Money, miné par de terribles crises d'angoisse et une incapacité totale à renouer avec les autres, reçoit un appel au secours de sa soeur gravement malade, lui demandant de venir à Atlanta. Il se lance alors dans la traversée de cette Amérique ségrégationniste pour la ramener à Lotus, ville de leur enfance. Un voyage emblématique vers ce lieu fantasmé comme détesté, aimé et subi, durant lequel Franck Money se redécouvrira pour se reconstruire. Toni Morrison fait de ce roman, condensé au vitriol de la mémoire honteuse de cette époque, un miroir tendu à l'Amérique d'aujourd'hui.Approuvée par l'auteure elle-même, Anna Mouglalis donne au roman de Toni Morrison ce mélange de gravité et de sérénité qui en font déjà un texte mémorial.

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  • Jazz

    Toni Morrison

    BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF BELOVED Joe Trace - in his fifties, door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, erstwhile devoted husband - shoots dead his lover of three months, the impetuous, eighteen-year-old Dorcas. At the funeral, his determined, hard-working wife, Violet, who is given to stumbling into dark mental cracks, tries with a knife to disfigure the corpse. Passionate and profound, Jazz brings us back and forth in time, in a narrative assembled from the hopes, fears and realities of black urban life.

    Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction

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  • Le discours de Toni Morrison qu'elle a écrit et lu pour la réception de son Prix Nobel.
    Ce texte magnifique est construit à partir d'une allégorie (ci-dessous) qui lui permet de déployer avec une rare poésie l'idée qui traverse toute son oeuvre : préserver le langage et la responsabilité individuellement et collectivement, de chacun, dans sa relation à l'autre.
    Toni Morrison commence ainsi son texte par «il était une fois», 4 mots qui a eux seuls portent la puissance de l'imaginaire.
    Il était une fois une vieille femme, fille d'un esclave, sage et aveugle. Au milieu des siens, elle incarnait la loi et la transgression. Un jour de jeunes gens, se méfiant de sa sagesse et pensant qu'elle est une imposteur, vont la voir et la provoquent en lui demandant si dans leurs mains se trouve un oiseau vivant ou mort. Après un long silence, la vieille femme dit ne pas savoir si l'oiseau est vivant ou mort mais elle sait que l'oiseau est dans leurs mains : si il est mort, c'est qu'ils l'ont trouvé mort ou qu'ils l'ont tué, si il est vivant, ils peuvent le tuer.
    Le discours de Toni Morrison, paru chez Bourgois en 1994, n'est plus disponible.
    L'éditeur l'a inclu dans le recueil La source de l'amour propre : 432 pages, 23 euros.
    Ce premier livre accompagne Happy Family de Kathleen Collins. Les deux autrices, provenant de deux continents différents, partagent les mêmes convictions littéraires et politiques.

  • Sula

    Toni Morrison

    Au coeur de l'amérique profonde, deux petites filles noires s'inventent une autre vie, plus riche, plus drôle, plus libre surtout que la dure réalité qui les entoure.
    L'âge venant, sula la rebelle part rouler sa bosse dans les grandes villes alors que nel, la sage, accomplit sa vocation de mère et d'épouse. quarante ans après, elles font leurs comptes, s'opposent et incarnent chacune à sa manière la farouche énergie de la femme noire face aux hommes si vulnérables.

  • Tar baby

    Toni Morrison

  • SONG OF SOLOMON

    Toni Morrison

    New York Times Bestseller Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his familys origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world. "You can't go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved , Song of Solomo n, The Bluest Eye , Sula , everything else -- they're transcendent, all of them. Youll be glad you read them."--Barack Obama

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  • MERCY

    Toni Morrison

    A beautiful and important book' The Times On the day that Jacob, an Anglo-Dutch trader, agrees to accept a slave in lieu of payment for a debt from a plantation owner, little Florens's life changes irrevocably.

    With her keen intelligence and passion for wearing the cast-off shoes of her mistress, Florens has never blurred into the background and now at the age of eight she is uprooted from her family to begin a new life with a new master. She ends up part of Jacob's household, along with his wife Rebekka, Lina their Native American servant, and the enigmatic Sorrow who was rescued from a shipwreck. Together these women face the trials of their harsh environment as Jacob attempts to carve out a place for himself in the brutally unforgiving landscape of North America in the seventeenth century.

    BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF BELOVED Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction

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  • PARADISE

    Toni Morrison

    Four young women are brutally attacked in a convent near an all-black town in America in the mid-1970s. The inevitability of this attack, and the attempts to avert it, lie at the heart of Paradise.

    Spanning the birth of the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam, the counter-culture and politics of the late 1970s, deftly manipulating past, present and future, this novel reveals the interior lives of the citizens of the town with astonishing clarity. Starkly evoking the clashes that have bedevilled the American century: between race and racelessness; religion and magic; promiscuity and fidelity; individuality and belonging.

    'When Morrison writes at her best, you can feel the workings of history through her prose' Hilary Mantel, Spectator BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF BELOVED Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction

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  • God help the child

    Toni Morrison

    Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child --the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment--weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Brides mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that what you do to children matters. And they might never forget. A fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.

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  • Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She was the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Beloved, Paradise and Love. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour, in 2012 by Barack Obama. Toni Morrison died on 5 August 2019 at the age of eighty-eight.

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  • Here is Toni Morrison in her own words: a rich gathering of her most important essays and speeches, spanning four decades. These pages give us her searing prayer for the dead of 9/11, her Nobel lecture on the power of language, her searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., her heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. She looks deeply into the fault lines of culture and freedom: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, black matter(s), human rights, the artist in society, the Afro-American presence in American literature. And she turns her incisive critical eye to her own work ( The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved, Paradise) and that of others. An essential collection from an essential writer, The Source of Self-Regard shines with the literary elegance, intellectual prowess, spiritual depth, and moral compass that have made Toni Morrison our most cherished and enduring voice.

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  • A vital new non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time 'Word-work is sublime, she thinks, because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference-the way in which we are like no other life.
    We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.' The Nobel Lecture in Literature, 1993 Spanning four decades, these essays, speeches and meditations interrogate the world around us. They are concerned with race, gender and globalisation. The sweep of American history and the current state of politics. The duty of the press and the role of the artist. Throughout A Mouth Full of Blood our search for truth, moral integrity and expertise is met by Toni Morrison with controlled anger, elegance and literary excellence.

    The collection is structured in three parts and these are heart-stoppingly introduced by a prayer for the dead of 9/11, a meditation on Martin Luther King and a eulogy for James Baldwin. Morrison's Nobel lecture, on the power of language, is accompanied by lectures to Amnesty International and the Newspaper Association of America. She speaks to graduating students and visitors to both the Louvre and America's Black Holocaust Museum. She revisits The Bluest Eye, Sula and Beloved; reassessing the novels that have become touchstones for generations of readers.

    A Mouth Full of Blood is a powerful, erudite and essential gathering of ideas that speaks to us all.

    'To what do we pay greatest allegiance? Family, language group, culture, country, gender? Religion, race? And, if none of these matter, are we urbane, cosmopolitan or simply lonely? In other words, how do we decide where we belong? What convinces us that we do?' The Alexander Lecture series, 2002

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  • RECITATIF - A STORY Nouv.

    RECITATIF - A STORY

    Toni Morrison

    • Knopf
    • 23 Novembre 2021

    B>b>A beautiful, arresting story about race and the relationships that shape us through life by the legendary Toni Morrison, in a stand-alone Knopf hardcover for the first time./b>/b>br>br>In this 1983 short story--the only short story Morrison ever wrote--we meet Twyla and Roberta, who have known each other since they were eight years old and spent four months together as roommates in St. Bonaventure shelter. Inseparable then, they lose touch as they grow older, only later to find each other again at a diner, a grocery store, and again at a protest. Seemingly at opposite ends of every problem, and at each other''s throats each time they meet, the two women still cannot deny the deep bond their shared experience has forged between them.br>;br>Another work of genius by this masterful writer, Recitatif keeps Twyla''s and Roberta''s races ambiguous throughout the story. Morrison herself described Recitatif, a story which will keep readers thinking and discussing for years to come, as "an experiment in the removal of all racial codes from a narrative about two characters of different races for whom racial identity is crucial." We know that one is white and one is Black, but which is which? And who is right about the race of the woman the girls tormented at the orphanage?br>;br>A remarkable look into what keeps us together and what keeps us apart, and how perceptions are made tangible by reality, Recitatif is a gift to readers in these changing times.

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    • Elkar
    • 18 Mars 2005
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  • RACE

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    Is who we are really only skin deep? In this searing, remonstrative book, Toni Morrison unravels race through the stories of those debased and dehumanised because of it. A young black girl longing for the blue eyes of white baby dolls spirals into inferiority and confusion. A friendship falls apart over a disputed memory. An ex-slave is haunted by a lonely, rebukeful ghost, bent on bringing their past home. Strange and unexpected, yet always stirring, Morrison's writing on race sinks us deep into the heart and mind of our troubled humanity.

    Includes selections from the books Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Beloved by Toni Morrison VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

    A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series:
    Sisters by Louisa May Alcott Love by Jeanette Winterson Babies by Anne Enright Language by Xiaolu Guo

  • Pas d'horaires, pas de contraintes... Rien que de la musique du matin au soir et du soir au matin ! Aucun doute, la vie d'artiste, ça a du bon ! Et ce n'est pas Foxy la cigale ou Kid la fourmi qui vous diront le contraire.
    Mais voilà... Les meilleures choses ont une fin. Les jours raccourcissent, l'hiver approche et Kid décide que la belle vie, c'est fini. Il est grand temps de penser à l'avenir. Comme tu veux, répond Foxy. Je ne te retiens pas, mais moi, c'est décidé : priorité à la musique ! Et tandis que Kid stocke des provisions, Foxy continue à se déchaîner sur ses rythmes endiablés sans se soucier de rien. Jusqu'au jour où l'hiver est vraiment là.
    Glacé jusqu'aux os, Foxy se traîne jusqu'à la porte de Kid et le supplie de l'aider. Pas question ! lui lance la fourmi. Si tu n'avais pas été aussi feignant, tu ne serais pas là à mendier ! Et vous, qu'auriez-vous fait ?

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