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The Way Of Herodotus


Author : Justin Marozzi
language : en
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date : 2010-02-02


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Intrepid travel historian Justin Marozzi retraces the footsteps of Herodotus through the Mediterranean and Middle East, examining Herodotus's 2,500-year-old observations about the cultures and places he visited and finding echoes of his legacy reverberating to this day. The Way of Herodotus is a lively yet thought-provoking excursion into the world of Herodotus, with the man who invented history ever present, guiding the narrative with his discursive spirit.

The Man Who Invented History Ssb


Author : Justin Marozzi
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 2009-08-06


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L Homme Qui Mit Fin L Histoire


Author : Ken Liu
language : fr
Publisher: Le Bélial
Release Date : 2016-08-25T00:00:00+02:00


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Futur proche. Deux scientifiques mettent au point un procédé révolutionnaire permettant de retourner dans le passé. Une seule et unique fois par période visitée, pour une seule et unique personne, et sans aucune possibilité pour l'observateur d'interférer avec l'objet de son observation. Une révolution qui promet la vérité sur les périodes les plus obscures de l'histoire humaine. Plus de mensonges. Plus de secrets d'État. Créée en 1932 sous mandat impérial japonais, dirigée par le général Shiro Ishii, l'Unité 731 se livra à l'expérimentation humaine à grande échelle dans la province chinoise du Mandchoukouo, entre 1936 et 1945, provoquant la mort de près d'un demi-million de personnes... L'Unité 731, à peine reconnue par le gouvernement japonais en 2002, passée sous silence par les forces d'occupation américaines pendant des années, est la première cible de cette invention révolutionnaire. La vérité à tout prix. Quitte à mettre fin à l'Histoire.

The Man Who Invented Fiction


Author : William Egginton
language : en
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date : 2016-06-16


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'In 1605 a crippled, greying, almost toothless veteran of Spain's wars against the Ottoman Empire published a book. That book, Don Quixote, went on to sell more copies than any other book beside the Bible, making its author, Miguel de Cervantes, the most widely read author in human history. Cervantes did more than just publish a bestseller, though. He invented a way of writing.' In Cervantes' time, 'fiction' was synonymous with a lie. Books were either history, and true, or 'poetry' which might be invented, but had to conform to strict principles. Don Quixote tells the story of a poor nobleman, addled from reading too many books on chivalry, who deludes himself that he is a knight errant and sets off to put the world to rights. The book was hugely entertaining, broke the existing rules, devised a new set and, in the process, created a new, modern hybrid form we know today as the novel. The Man Who Invented Fiction explores Cervantes's life and the world he lived in, showing how his life and influences converged in his work, and how his work – especially Don Quixote – radically changed the nature of literature and created a new way of viewing the world. Finally, it explains how that worldview went on to infiltrate art, politics and science, and how the world today would be unthinkable without it.

Le Royaume


Author : Emmanuel Carrère
language : fr
Publisher: POL Editeur
Release Date : 2014-08-28T00:00:00+02:00


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Le Royaume raconte l’histoire des débuts de la chrétienté, vers la fin du Ier siècle après Jésus Christ. Il raconte comment deux hommes, essentiellement, Paul et Luc, ont transformé une petite secte juive refermée autour de son prédicateur crucifié sous l’empereur Tibère et qu’elle affirmait être le messie, en une religion qui en trois siècles a miné l’Empire romain puis conquis le monde et concerne aujourd’hui encore le quart de l’humanité. Cette histoire, portée par Emmanuel Carrère, devient une fresque où se recrée le monde méditerranéen d’alors, agité de soubresauts politiques et religieux intenses sous le couvercle trompeur de la pax romana. C’est une évocation tumultueuse, pleine de rebondissements et de péripéties, de personnages hauts en couleur. Mais Le Royaume c’est aussi, habilement tissée dans la trame historique, une méditation sur ce que c’est que le christianisme, en quoi il nous interroge encore aujourd’hui, en quoi il nous concerne, croyants ou incroyants, comment l’invraisemblable renversement des valeurs qu’il propose (les premiers seront les derniers, etc.) a pu connaître ce succès puis cette postérité. Ce qu’il faut savoir aussi, c’est que cette réflexion est constamment menée dans le respect et une certaine forme d’amitié pour les acteurs de cette étonnante histoire, acteurs passés, acteurs présents, et que cela lui donne une dimension profondément humaine. Respect, amitié qu’Emmanuel Carrère dit aussi éprouver pour celui qu’il a été, lui, il y a quelque temps. Car, comme toujours dans chacun de ses livres, depuis L’Adversaire, l’engagement de l’auteur dans ce qu’il raconte est entier. Pendant trois ans, il y a 25 ans, Emmanuel Carrère a été un chrétien fervent, catholique pratiquant, on pourrait presque dire : avec excès. Il raconte aussi, en arrière-plan de la grande Histoire, son histoire à lui, les tourments qu’il traversait alors et comment la religion fut un temps un havre, ou une fuite. Et si, aujourd’hui, il n’est plus croyant, il garde la volonté d’interroger cette croyance, d’enquêter sur ce qu’il fut, ne s’épargnant pas, ne cachant rien de qui il est, avec cette brutale franchise, cette totale absence d’autocensure qu’on lui connaît. Il faut aussi évoquer la manière si particulière qu’a Emmanuel Carrère d’écrire cette histoire. D’abord l’abondance et la qualité de la documentation qui en font un livre où on apprend des choses, beaucoup de choses. Ensuite, cette tonalité si particulière qui, s’appuyant sur la fluidité d’une écriture certaine, passe dans un même mouvement de la familiarité à la gravité, ne se prive d’aucun ressort ni d’aucun registre, pouvant ainsi mêler la réflexion sur le point de vue de Luc au souvenir d’une vidéo porno, l’évocation de la crise mystique qu’a connu l’auteur et les problèmes de gardes de ses enfants (avec, il faut dire, une baby-sitter américaine familière de Philip K. Dick...). Le Royaume est un livre ample, drôle et grave, mouvementé et intérieur, érudit et trivial, total. Prix LiRE : Meilleur livre de l'année 2014

Scott Land


Author : Stuart Kelly
language : en
Publisher: Birlinn
Release Date : 2011-05-01


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A smart, refreshingly uncynical book' - Iain Finlayson, The Times 'A lovely piece of work -- the best book on Scott, indeed, since Edwin Muir's Scott and Scotland' - Andrew O'Hagan 'This is no dry history' - The Skinny 'Very engaging, highly intelligent ... I loved this book and heartily recommend it' - AN Wilson His name and image are everywhere - from Bank of Scotland fivers to the monument in Edinburgh's city centre - yet who reads Walter Scott these days? Stuart Kelly explores the enigma of Scott and the disparity between his influence and his status, his current standing and his cultural legacy, in a voyage around Scotland. Born in Edinburgh, the ninth child of a lawyer, Scott trained as a lawyer. After the phenomenal success of his novel Waverley (1814) he produced a string of novels, such as Rob Roy, Guy Mannering, Ivanhoe, Old Mortality and The Talisman. Scott's writing strongly influenced, among others, Emily Bronte and Alexandre Dumas, although Mark Twain loathed it; he named a sinking boat, The Walter Scot in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Scott's management of his financial affairs left much to be desired and he was an extravagant spender on his house in Abbotsford and historical artefacts. He found himself in debt in 1826 to the tune of ?100,000 and attempted to write himself out of it. By the time of his death in 1832 he had cleared ?70,000.

Terry Nation


Author : Alwyn W. Turner
language : en
Publisher: Aurum Press Limited
Release Date : 2013-04-01


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The Daleks are one of the most iconic and fearsome creations in television history. Since their first appearance in 1963, they have simultaneously fascinated and terrified generations of children, their instant success ensuring, and sometimes eclipsing, that of Doctor Who. They sprang from the imagination of Terry Nation, a failed stand-up comic who became one of the most prolific writers for television that Britian ever produced. Survivors, his vision of a post-apocalyptic England, so haunted audiences in the Seventies that the BBC revived it over thirty years on, and Blake’s 7, constantly rumored for return, endures as a cult sci-fi classic. But it is for his genocidal pepperpots that Nation is most often remembered, and on the 50th anniversary of their creation they continue to top the Saturday-night ratings. Yet while the Daleks brought him notoriety and riches, Nation played a much wider role in British broadcasting’s golden age. He wrote for Spike Milligan, Frankie Howerd and an increasingly troubled Tony Hancock, and as one of the key figures behind the adventure series of the Sixties – including The Avengers, The Saint and The Persuaders! – he turned the pulp classics of his boyhood into a major British export. In The Man Who Invented the Daleks, acclaimed cultural historian Alwyn W. Turner, explores the curious and contested origins of Doctor Who's greatest villains, and sheds light on a strange world of ambitious young writers, producers and performers without whom British culture today would look very different.