• Transit

    Rachel Cusk

    Tout juste séparée, Faye emménage à Londres avec ses deux fils et se livre à la rénovation du nouvel appartement. Ce qui n'était qu'une étape très matérielle de l'existence prend des tours inattendus et débouche sur des questionnements bien plus profonds : comment habiter une nouvelle vie ? Est-il vraiment possible de transformer ce qu'on est ? L'émouvant portrait d'une femme qui cherche sa place dans le monde.

  • Après Disent-ils (2016) et Transit (2018), acclamés par la critique, Rachel Cusk conclut son ambitieuse trilogie.

    Dans ce troisième volet, nous retrouvons le personnage de Faye, romancière britannique, divorcée et mère de deux enfants. Elle passe quelques jours en Europe pour participer à un festival littéraire et promouvoir son travail. De cette ville où a lieu l'événement, nous ne saurons rien ou presque, tant l'essentiel est ailleurs dans le projet romanesque de Rachel Cusk.

    Faye est le point névralgique du roman, la chambre d'échos, recueillant la parole des hommes et des femmes qu'elle croise sans en dévoiler beaucoup sur elle-même. Cette observatrice singulière regarde le monde avec une précision tranchante. D'un livre à l'autre se dessine un autoportrait en filigrane de l'auteur. Tout l'art de Cusk est d'interroger notre rapport au réel à travers des scènes de la vie quotidienne, des rencontres, des conversations. Le lecteur tisse alors avec Faye une relation fascinante, oscillant entre intimité et distance.

  • Disent-ils

    Rachel Cusk

    Au coeur de l'été athénien, une romancière britannique anime un atelier d'écriture. Transparente, presque absente à elle-même, elle semble n'exister qu'à travers le récit des autres. Prêtant à chacun une oreille attentive mais lucide, elle s'oublie au milieu d'un choeur de voix solitaires... Ces histoires bancales entrent en résonance avec la sienne et lui donnent un nouveau contour.

  • Les femmes d'Arlington Park, une banlieue résidentielle cossue, ont tout pour être heureuses, malgré leurs vies trop bien réglées. Juliet, Amanda, Maisie et Solly semblent perdues en eaux troubles. Dans leur cuisine, au supermarché ou dans une cabine d'essayage, elles dévoilent leur conscience et leurs pensées.

  • SECOND PLACE

    Rachel Cusk

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    • 6 Mai 2021

    From the acclaimed author of the Outline trilogy, a fable of human destiny and decline, enacted in a closed system of intimate, fractured relationships. Praise for the Outline trilogy: ''A landmark in twenty-first-century English literature.'' Observer ''Precise and haunting ... Unforgettable.'' Jenny Offill ''Achieves a kind of formal perfection ... masterly.'' Sally Rooney ''A work of great stunning beauty, deep insight, and great originality.'' Monica Ali A woman invites a famed artist to visit the remote coastal region where she lives, in the belief that his vision will penetrate the mystery of her life and landscape. Over the course of one hot summer, his provocative presence provides the frame for a study of female fate and male privilege, of the geometries of human relationships, and of the struggle to live morally between our internal and external worlds. With its examination of the possibility that art can both save and destroy us, Second Place is deeply affirming of the human soul, while grappling with its darkest demons.

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  • Les variations Bradshaw

    Rachel Cusk

    Chez les Bradshaw, depuis peu, les rôles sont inversés. Thomas a abandonné un métier lucratif pour rester à la maison. Il joue du piano, lit, prend (enfin) son temps. Tonie, sa femme, vient d'accepter un poste important à l'université. Elle est ambitieuse, passionnée... mais perpétuellement insatisfaite. Les Variations Bradshaw raconte une année de leur vie. Une année de guerres conjugales, de conflits intimes et de cruauté au quotidien. Le tout sur fond de Bach.

  • Les femmes d'Arlington Park - une banlieue résidentielle en Angleterre - ont tout pour être heureuses : mari, enfants, maison, ami(e)s. Une existence confortable. Mais il n'en est rien. Derrière cette façade complètement artificielle, frustrations, jalousies, déceptions règnent sans partage. Juliet Randall, Maisie Carrington, Amanda Clapp, Solly Keir-Leigh : chacune a le sentiment d'être passée à côté de sa vie. Chacune tente de se révolter, de résister à la banalité, au passage du temps qui émousse le désir, fane la beauté et affaiblit les êtres.

  • Depuis que Rachel Cusk et son mari se sont séparés, la vie qu'ils avaient construite ensemble s'est brisée. Contrecoup est l'histoire de cette femme écrivain, mère de deux filles, qui observe ses propres réactions au lendemain de son divorce. Recréant des instants quotidiens, convoquant des figures telles que celles d'Antigone, Abraham ou Agamemnon, Cusk analyse le retentissement profond de la séparation, et livre son expérience personnelle d'un sujet universel.

  • Egypt farm

    Rachel Cusk

    Le jour où le balcon de sa maison s'écroule et manque de le tuer, Michael décide qu'il est temps de changer d'air. Sa femme Rebecca, une trentenaire névrosée et dépressive, est soulagée de le voir partir une semaine avec leur fils de trois ans pour Egypt Farm. Michael va y retrouver les Hanbury, figures mythiques de sa jeunesse. Mais les fêtes d'hier sont terminées, et l'excentricité bohème de la famille Hanbury a tourné au cauchemar. Autour de Paul, le patriarche malade, de sa nouvelle femme, Vivian, et de son fils, Adam, tout n'est plus que déception, échec, et renoncement. Egypt Farm est le roman des illusions perdues. Rachel Cusk y fait déjà preuve d'un sens inné de la comédie humaine, avant Arlington Park, qui confirmera ses talents d'observatrice et son humour ravageur.

  • Bienvenue à Egypt farm

    Rachel Cusk

    Le jour où le balcon de sa maison s'écroule et manque de le tuer, Michael décide qu'il est temps de changer d'air. Sa femme Rebecca, névrosée et dépressive, est soulagée de le voir partir une semaine avec leur fils pour Egypt Farm. Michael y retrouve les Hanbury, figures mythiques de sa jeunesse.
    Mais les fêtes d'hier sont terminées, et l'excentricité bohème de la famille Hanbury a tourné au cauchemar. Tout n'est plus que déception, échec et renoncement.

  • COVENTRY

    Rachel Cusk

    • Faber
    • 6 Août 2020

    After the publication of Outline , Transit and Kudos - in which Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction - this writer of uncommon brilliance returns with a series of essays that offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her life's work. Encompassing memoir and cultural and literary criticism, with pieces on gender, politics and writers such as D. H. Lawrence, Olivia Manning and Natalia Ginzburg, this collection is essential reading for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, both startling and rewarding to behold. The result is a cumulative sense of how the frank, deeply intelligent sensibility - so evident in her stories and novels - reverberates in the wider context of Cusk's literary process. Coventry grants its readers a rare opportunity to see a mind at work that will influence literature for time to come.

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  • L'oeuvre d'une vie : devenir mere Nouv.

  • Since leaving his job to look after Alexa, his eight year old daughter, Thomas Bradshaw has found the structure of his daily piano practice and the study of musical form brings a nourishment to these difficult middle years. His pursuit of a more artistic way of life shocks and irritates his parents and his in-laws. Why has he swapped roles with Tonie Swann, his intense, intellectual wife who has accepted a demanding full-time University job? How can this be good for Alexa and for the family as a whole?Tonie tunes herself out of domestic life, into the harder, headier world of work where long-since forgotten memories of herself are awakened. She soon finds herself outside their tight family circle and alive to previously unimaginable possibilities.Over the course of a year full of crisis and revelation, we follow the fortunes of Thomas, Tonie, his brothers and their families: Howard, the older, more successful brother and his gregarious wife Claudia; and Leo, lacking confidence, propped up by Susie, his sharp-tongued, heavy-drinking wife. At the head of the family, the ageing Bradshaw parents continue their marital dynamic of bickering and petty undermining.The Bradshaw Variations is a powerful novel about how our choices and our loves and the family life we build will always be an echo - a variation - of a theme played out in our own childhood. The novel, Cusk's sixth , shows a prize-winning writer at the height of her powers.

  • Arlington Park, a modern-day English suburb, is a place devoted to the profitable ordinariness of life. Amidst its leafy avenues and comfortable houses, its residents live out the dubious accomplishments of civilisation: material prosperity, personal freedom, and moral indifference. For all that, Arlington Park is strikingly conventional. Men work, women look after children, and people generally do what's expected of them. Theirs is a world awash with contentment but empty of belief, and riven with strange anxieties. Set over the course of a single rainy day, the novel moves from one household to another, and through the passing hours conducts a deep examination of its characters' lives: of Juliet, enraged at the victory of men over women in family life; of Amanda, warding off thoughts of death with obsessive housework; of Solly, who confronts her own buried femininity in the person of her Italian lodger; of Maisie, despairing at the inevitability with which beauty is destroyed; and of Christine, whose troubled, hilarious spirit presides over Arlington Park and the way of life it represents. Rachel Cusk's sixth novel is her best yet. Full of compassion and wit, each page laden with truth, she writes about her characters' domestic lives, their private thoughts and fears with an intelligence and insight that will leave readers reeling.

  • Anglais Outline

    Rachel Cusk

    A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives.

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  • Anglais In the Fold

    Rachel Cusk

    Michael first met the Hanbury's of Egypt Hill when he was a student. He was intrigued by their bohemian lifestyle. Twelve years later, Michael is invited back to the house and jumps at the chance of escaping his turbulent domestic situation. But his illusions about the family are shattered as the rotten core of the Hanbury myth is revealed.

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  • Since leaving his job to look after Alexa, his eight year old daughter, Thomas Bradshaw has found the structure of his daily piano practice and the study of musical form brings a nourishment to these difficult middle years. His pursuit of a more artistic way of life shocks and irritates his parents and his in-laws. Why has he swapped roles with Tonie Swann, his intense, intellectual wife who has accepted a demanding full-time University job? How can this be good for Alexa and for the family as a whole?

    Tonie tunes herself out of domestic life, into the harder, headier world of work where long-since forgotten memories of herself are awakened. She soon finds herself outside their tight family circle and alive to previously unimaginable possibilities.

    Over the course of a year full of crisis and revelation, we follow the fortunes of Thomas, Tonie, his brothers and their families: Howard, the older, more successful brother and his gregarious wife Claudia; and Leo, lacking confidence, propped up by Susie, his sharp-tongued, heavy-drinking wife. At the head of the family, the ageing Bradshaw parents continue their marital dynamic of bickering and petty undermining.

    The Bradshaw Variations is a powerful novel about how our choices and our loves and the family life we build will always be an echo - a variation - of a theme played out in our own childhood. The novel, Cusk's sixth , shows a prize-winning writer at the height of her powers

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  • KUDOS - OUTLINE

    Rachel Cusk

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  • « Mon mari et moi nous sommes séparés il y a peu, et en quelques semaines, la vie que nous avions construite a été brisée, tel un puzzle réduit à un tas de pièces aux formes irrégulières. » Ni confession impudique ni fiction pure, ce texte lucide et percutant est l'histoire d'une femme, écrivain, mère de deux filles, qui observe ses propres réactions au lendemain de son divorce. Recréant des instants quotidiens ou nourrissant sa réflexion de mythes littéraires, Rachel Cusk analyse le retentissement profond de la séparation. Elle vise juste lorsqu'elle décrit la famille moderne, soumise non plus à Dieu ou à l'économie mais à la sacro-sainte valeur de l'amour.

    Contrecoup est un livre bouleversant par sa singularité. Mais le sujet qu'il aborde est universel.

  • Première monographie de l'étoile montante de la photographie de mode : un projet pléthorique (500 images) prenant pour sujet la mère de l'artiste, photographiée sur plus d'une décennie. Avec des textes de Rachel Cusk et Miranda July.

  • Stella Benson sets off for Hilltop, a tiny Sussex village housing a family that is somewhat larger than life. Her hopes for the Maddens may be high, but her station among them, as au pair to their irascible son Martin - is undeniably low. What could possibly have driven her to leave her home, job and life in London for such rural ignominy? Why has she severed all contact with her parents? Why is she so reluctant to talk about her past? The Country Life, Rachel Cusk's third novel, is a rich and subtle story about embarrassment, awkwardness and being alone; about families, or the lack of them; and about love in some peculiar guises.

  • When prize-winning author Rachel Cusk decides to travel to Italy for a summer with her husband and two young children she has no idea of the trials and wonders that lie in store. Their journey leads them to both the expected - the Piero della Francesca trail and queues at the Vatican - and the surprising - an amorous Scottish ex-pat and a longing for home - all seen through Cusk's sharp and humane perspective. Exploring the desire to travel and to escape, art and its inspirations, beauty and ugliness, and the challenge of balancing domestic life with creativity, The Last Supper is a wonderful travel book about life on the most famous art trail in the world, from one of Britain's most pre-eminent writers.

  • Anglais In the Fold

    Cusk Rachel

    Michael first met the Hanburys of Egypt Hill when he was a young student. He was intrigued and delighted by their bohemian lifestyle and bravado. Twelve years later, married with a young son, Michael is invited back to the house and jumps at the chance of escaping his increasingly turbulent domestic situation. But his illusions about the family are shattered as the rotten core of the Hanbury myth is gradually revealed. Intimate in its insight, epic in its emotional scope, In the Fold is a brilliant, clever, often painful story of how we can become undone by our yearning to belong.

  • Anglais Aftermath

    Cusk Rachel

    Using her own life as a starting point, Rachel looks at the issues that arise for a woman in the years after she has lived the defining experiences of feminity. She writes about marriage, separation, motherhood, work, money, domesticity and love. Cusk considers the kinds of generational knowledge the contemporary woman harbours, the terrors or expectations that have been passed down to her and that are refracted through the modern transformation of female status. Aftermath is written in the personal/political mode that characterised A Life's Work, Cusk's acclaimed book about becoming a mother.

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