• Dakota du Sud, États-Unis. Deux cousins amérindiens, Rick Overlooking Horse et You Choose Watson, liés par le sang et la terre, se retrouvent pourtant en conflit. Lorsque la colère gronde à cause des injustices infligées de tous temps au peuple lakota par le gouvernement fédéral et provoque des divisions tribales et des luttes intestines, les cousins prennent des directions opposées. Rick choisit la voie de la paix ; You Choose, la violence.
     
    Les années passent, et alors que You Choose purge sa peine en prison, Rick se retrouve à élever deux bébés jumeaux, orphelins de naissance, dans sa prairie. Les nourrissons deviennent des adolescents, puis des jeunes adultes, et Rick les immerge dans leur culture ancestrale, racontant des histoires terribles et merveilleuses sur la création du monde. Il affirme que leur place dans l'univers est l'oeuvre de leurs aïeux et de leurs descendants. Mais quand You Choose revient dans la réserve après trois décennies derrière les barreaux, sa rage est intacte et bouleverse à jamais la vie de Rick et des garçons.
     
    En attendant le printemps est un récit magistral qui englobe des générations entières et des espaces géographiques gigantesques. Alexandra Fuller évoque avec poésie, esprit et sagesse le destin des amérindiens dans l'Amérique d'aujourd'hui et les liens qui nous unissent tous.

  • « Une ode à l'Afrique : une sublime déclaration d'amour. »
    ElleLe livre : Petite fille, Bobo a appris à manier le fusil, à cuisiner un impala, à conduire un tracteur et à se garder des morsures de serpents. En 1972, elle s'installe avec sa famille en Rhodésie - l'actuel Zimbabwe - pays ravagé par la guerre civile, mais aussi terre de saveurs, de parfums et de sons qu'elle reconnaît intuitivement comme la sienne. Son enfance, ponctuée de déménagements successifs en Afrique australe, oscille au gré de tragédies historiques et intimes. Ce récit est un chant d'amour à une famille adorée, chaotique, souvent drôle, et à l'Afrique, terre des premiers émois, de l'initiation et de la découverte naturelle de l'autre. Alexandra Fuller ouvre ainsi une page d'histoire et sa malle aux souvenirs, souvent tendres, parfois durs, et toujours poignants.L'auteur : Alexandra Fuller, née en Angleterre, a grandi en Rhodésie (Zimbabwe) et en Zambie. Elle est l'auteur de quatre livres, traduits dans une dizaine de pays, et a signé de nombreux articles pour le Financial Times, New York Times Book Review, National Geographic, New Yorker Magazine, Vogue et Granta. Larmes de pierre : Une enfance africaine fête ses dix ans depuis sa première parution en France en 2002. Ce titre, encensé par la critique, a figuré parmi les livres de prédilection du New York Times, qui n'hésite pas à comparer l'auteur à Joseph Conrad, Karen Blixen, Doris Lessing et Nadine Gordimer. Alexandra Fuller vit aujourd'hui dans le Wyoming avec son mari et leurs trois enfants.

  • « Une geste familiale fascinante de burlesque et d'exotisme. » Lire
    Le livre : Née sur l'île écossaise de Skye, la mère d'Alexandra Fuller, mieux connue sous le nom de « Nicola Fuller d'Afrique centrale », a grandi au Kenya dans les années cinquante, avant d'épouser un Anglais fringant. Ils s'installent dans leur propre ferme, d'abord au Kenya, puis en Rhodésie - l'actuel Zimbabwe -, où l'auteur et sa soeur ont passé leur enfance, et, pour finir, en Zambie. Nicola, personnage fantasque et excessif, à la fois drôle et écorché, reste inébranlable dans le maintien de ses valeurs familiales, la fierté de son sang écossais, et sa passion pour la terre et les animaux. Le parcours de la famille Fuller, déterminée à rester en Afrique malgré la guerre civile, alterne entre folie, loyauté et pardon. C'est sous leur « arbre de l'oubli » qu'ils trouveront la sérénité.
    L'auteur : Alexandra Fuller, née en Angleterre, a grandi en Rhodésie (Zimbabwe) et en Zambie. Elle est l'auteur de cinq livres, traduits dans une dizaine de pays, et a signé de nombreux articles pour The New Yorker, Granta, New York Times Book Review, Financial Times, Vogue et National Geographic. Ses deux volumes de mémoires, Larmes de pierre et L'Arbre de l'oubli ont figuré parmi les meilleurs livres de l'année du New York Times, qui compare l'auteur à Karen Blixen, Doris Lessing et Nadine Gordimer. Son portrait du jeune roughneck qui travaillait sur des forages pétroliers du Wyoming, Une vie de cowboy, a valu à Alexandra Fuller d'être comparée à Kessel, Kerouac et Conrad par le Figaro Magazine. Elle a emménagé dans le Wyoming en 1994 et est mère de trois enfants.

  • «  Un grand talent  ! »Le Monde  De la Zambie au Wyoming, de la ferme africaine de ses parents aux paysages de l'Ouest américain, Alexandra Fuller revient sur ses vingt années de mariage, alors qu'elles touchent à leur fin. Elle décrit, avec poésie et humour, son déracinement et sa quête d'identité. Elle médite sur la place de l'écriture, qui lui a permis de tenir au fil des tragédies, et de chasser la solitude. Elle trouve refuge auprès de son père, un homme indépendant et courageux. Vivant sans regrets, il se contente toujours du minimum, même après avoir perdu plus que quiconque. Grâce à ses conseils, qui parsèment le livre, l'auteur trouve la force de se reconstruire et de «  partir avant les pluies  ».
    Traduit de l'anglais par  Anne Rabinovitch 

  • C'était dans la petite ferme piscicole et bananière d'une chaude vallée qu'ils s'étaient enfin fixés, après des décennies d'errance en Afrique australe et centrale, séduits par la forêt de mopanes, les étangs à poissons dominés par les baobabs à l'écorce rose-argent, et le large fleuve Zambèze coulant paresseusement vers le sud.
     
    Ainsi vivait Tim Fuller, un mouton noir anglais qui s'est exilé en Afrique où il s'est battu lors de la guerre du Bush rhodésienne avant de s'établir en Zambie avec sa famille. Maintenant qu'il n'est plus, l'autrice et sa mère dispersent ses cendres au pied des baobabs qui règnent sur leur propriété et affrontent son absence écrasante. Le résultat est un récit débordant de joie, de vitalité et de résilience dans lequel Alexandra Fuller intériorise les leçons de son père et célèbre la mémoire d'un homme qui dévorait la vie à pleines dents.
      Traduit de l'anglais par Anne Rabinovitch

  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S #1 NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • FINALIST, GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK PRIZE
    “This is not a book you read just once, but a tale of terrible beauty to get lost in over and over.”--Newsweek
    “By turns mischievous and openhearted, earthy and soaring . . . hair-raising, horrific, and thrilling.”--The New Yorker
    In Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with visceral authenticity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller’s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller’s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.
    From 1972 to 1990, Alexandra Fuller--known to friends and family as Bobo--grew up on several farms in southern and central Africa. Her father joined up on the side of the white government in the Rhodesian civil war, and was often away fighting against the powerful black guerilla factions. Her mother, in turn, flung herself at their African life and its rugged farm work with the same passion and maniacal energy she brought to everything else. Though she loved her children, she was no hand-holder and had little tolerance for neediness. She nurtured her daughters in other ways: She taught them, by example, to be resilient and self-sufficient, to have strong wills and strong opinions, and to embrace life wholeheartedly, despite and because of difficult circumstances. And she instilled in Bobo, particularly, a love of reading and of storytelling that proved to be her salvation.
    A worthy heir to Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham, Alexandra Fuller writes poignantly about a girl becoming a woman and a writer against a backdrop of unrest, not just in her country but in her home. But Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is more than a survivor’s story. It is the story of one woman’s unbreakable bond with a continent and the people who inhabit it, a portrait lovingly realized and deeply felt.
    Praise for Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
    “The Africa of this beautiful book is not easy to forget. Despite, or maybe even because of, the snakes, the leopards, the malaria and the sheer craziness of its human inhabitants, often violent but pulsing with life, it seems like a fine place to grow up, at least if you are as strong, passionate, sharp and gifted as Alexandra Fuller.”--Chicago Tribune
    “Owning a great story doesn’t guarantee being able to tell it well. That’s the individual mystery of talent, a gift with which Alexandra Fuller is richly blessed, and with which she illuminates her extraordinary memoir. . . . There’s flavor, aroma, humor, patience . . . and pinpoint observational acuity.”--Entertainment Weekly
    “This is a joyously telling memoir that evokes Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club as much as it does Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa.”--New York Daily News
    “Riveting . . . [full of] humor and compassion.”--O: The Oprah Magazine
    “The incredible story of an incredible childhood.”--The Providence Journal
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • With an introduction by Anne EnrightShortlisted for the Guardian First Book award, a story of civil war and a family's unbreakable bond.
    How you see a country depends on whether you are driving through it, or live in it. How you see a country depends on whether or not you can leave it, if you have to.As the daughter of white settlers in war-torn 1970s Rhodesia, Alexandra Fuller remembers a time when a schoolgirl was as likely to carry a shotgun as a satchel. This is her story - of a civil war, of a quixotic battle with nature and loss, and of a family's unbreakable bond with the continent that came to define, scar and heal them.Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2002, Alexandra Fuller's classic memoir of an African childhood is suffused with laughter and warmth even amid disaster. Unsentimental and unflinching, but always enchanting, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight is the story of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.

  • The sequel to Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight.In her twenties Alexandra Fuller embarked on a new journey, into a long, tempestuous marriage to Charlie Ross, the love of her life. In this frank, personal memoir, she charts their twenty years together, from the brutal beauty of the Zambezi to the mountains of Wyoming - the new adventures, the unexplored paths, the insurmountable obstacles... and the many signals that they missed along the way.

  • New York Times Bestseller
    "One of the gutsiest memoirs I've ever read. And the writing--oh my god the writing." --Entertainment Weekly
    A child of the Rhodesian wars and daughter of two deeply complicated parents, Alexandra Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fuller’s own marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the pieces of her life, she finally confronts the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married, and about the family she left behind in Africa. A breathtaking achievement, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a memoir of such grace and intelligence, filled with such wit and courage, that it could only have been written by Alexandra Fuller.
    Leaving Before the Rains Come begins with the dreadful first years of the American financial crisis when Fuller’s delicate balance--between American pragmatism and African fatalism, the linchpin of her unorthodox marriage--irrevocably fails. Recalling her unusual courtship in Zambia--elephant attacks on the first date, sick with malaria on the wedding day--Fuller struggles to understand her younger self as she overcomes her current misfortunes. Fuller soon realizes what is missing from her life is something that was always there: the brash and uncompromising ways of her father, the man who warned his daughter that "the problem with most people is that they want to be alive for as long as possible without having any idea whatsoever how to live." Fuller’s father--"Tim Fuller of No Fixed Abode" as he first introduced himself to his future wife--was a man who regretted nothing and wanted less, even after fighting harder and losing more than most men could bear.
    Leaving Before the Rains Come showcases Fuller at the peak of her abilities, threading panoramic vistas with her deepest revelations as a fully grown woman and mother. Fuller reveals how, after spending a lifetime fearfully waiting for someone to show up and save her, she discovered that, in the end, we all simply have to save ourselves.
    An unforgettable book, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a story of sorrow grounded in the tragic grandeur and rueful joy only to be found in Fuller’s Africa.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • The debut novel from the bestselling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Leaving Before the Rains Come.
    Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation, South Dakota. Two Native American cousins, Rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson, though bound by blood and by land, find themselves at odds as they grapple with the implications of their shared heritage. When escalating anger toward the injustices, historical and current, inflicted upon the Lakota people by the federal government leads to tribal divisions and infighting, the cousins go in separate directions: Rick chooses the path of peace; You Choose, violence.
    Years pass, and as You Choose serves time in prison, Rick finds himself raising twin baby boys orphaned at birth in his meadow. As the twins mature from infants to young men, Rick immerses the boys in their ancestry, telling wonderful and terrible tales of how the whole world came to be and affirming their place in the universe as the result of all who have come before and will come behind. But when You Choose returns to the reservation after three decades behind bars, his anger manifests, forever disrupting the lives of Rick and the boys.
    A complex tale that spans generations and geography, Quiet Until the Thaw conjures the implications of an oppressed history, how we are bound not just to immediate family but to all who have come before and will come after us, and, most of all, to the notion that everything was always, and is always, connected.

  • When Alexandra ("Bo") Fuller was home in Zambia a few years ago, visiting her parents for Christmas, she asked her father about a nearby banana farmer who was known for being a "tough bugger." Her father's response was a warning to steer clear of him; he told Bo: "Curiosity scribbled the cat." Nonetheless, Fuller began her strange friendship with the man she calls K, a white African and veteran of the Rhodesian war. With the same fiercely beautiful prose that won her acclaim for Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Fuller here recounts her friendship with K.
    K is, seemingly, a man of contradictions: tattooed, battle scarred, and weathered by farm work, he is a lion of a man, feral and bulletproof. Yet he is also a born-again Christian, given to weeping when he recollects his failed romantic life, and more than anything else welling up inside with memories of battle. For his war, like all wars, was a brutal one, marked by racial strife, jungle battles, unimaginable tortures, and the murdering of innocent civilians--and K, like all the veterans of the war, has blood on his hands.
    Driven by K's memories, Fuller and K decide to enter the heart of darkness in the most literal way--by traveling from Zambia through Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and Mozambique to visit the scenes of the war and to meet other veterans. It is a strange journey into the past, one marked at once by somber reflections and odd humor and featuring characters such as Mapenga, a fellow veteran who lives with his pet lion on a little island in the middle of a lake and is known to cope with his personal demons by refusing to speak for days on end. What results from Fuller's journey is a remarkably unbiased and unsentimental glimpse of men who have killed, mutilated, tortured, and scrambled to survive during wartime and who now must attempt to live with their past and live past their sins. In these men, too, we get a glimpse of life in Africa, a land that besets its creatures with pests, plagues, and natural disasters, making the people there at once more hardened and more vulnerable than elsewhere.
    Scribbling the Cat is an engrossing and haunting look at war, Africa, and the lines of sanity.

  • A heartrending story of the human spirit from the author of the bestselling Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
    Alexandra Fuller returns with the unforgettable true story of Colton H. Bryant, a soulful boy with a mustang-taming heart who comes of age in the oil fields and open plains of Wyoming. After surviving a sometimes cruel adolescence with his own brand of optimistic goofiness, Colton goes to work on an oil rig-and there the biggest heart in the world can't save him from the new, unkind greed that has possessed his beloved Wyoming during the latest boom.
    Colton's story could not be told without telling of the land that grew him, where the great high plains meet the Rocky Mountains to create a vista of lonely beauty. It is here that the existence of one boy is a true story as deeply moving as the life that inspired it.

  • A story of survival and war, love and madness, loyalty and forgiveness, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness is an intimate exploration of Fuller’s parents and of the price of being possessed by Africa’s uncompromising, fertile, death-dealing land. We follow Tim and Nicola Fuller hopscotching the continent, restlessly trying to establish a home. War, hardship, and tragedy follow the family even as Nicola fights to hold on to her children, her land, her sanity. But just when it seems that Nicola has been broken by the continent she loves, it is the African earth that revives and nurtures her. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness is Fuller at her very best.

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