Livres en VO

  • Anglais Hamlet

    William Shakespeare

    «Sit down awhile;
    And let us once again assail your ears, That are so fortified against our story What we have two nights seen...» The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602.
    Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatises the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet's father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother's widow.
    Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play, and is among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others". The play likely was one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime, and still ranks among his most performed.

  • Anglais Macbeth

    William Shakespeare

    «Doubtful it stood ;
    As two spent swimmers, that do cling together ;
    And choke their art. The merciless Macdonwald - Worthy to be a rebel, for to that ;
    The multiplying villanies of nature ;
    Do swarm upon him - from the western isles...» Macbeth (full title The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. Set mainly in Scotland, the play dramatises the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. The play is believed to have been written between 1599 and 1606. The earliest account of a performance of what was probably Shakespeare's play is April 1611, when Simon Forman recorded seeing such a play at the Globe Theatre. It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book. It was most likely written during the reign of James I, who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in 1603. James was a patron of Shakespeare's acting company, and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during James's reign, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright's relationship with the sovereign.

  • Anglais Paris


    "Each volume of the series Fascination Cities contains more than 500 breathtaking photos by the world s best urban photographers that will take you on a fascinating tour through each city, introducing you to the attractions, people, culture and unique atmosphere. Comprehensive captions provide detailed information on each image. Special pages devoted to art, culture, customs and more make for fascinating insights. Each volume in this outstanding series starts off with an introduction to the city s history. The most important periods are illustrated in a timeline. Detailed city maps pinpoint all the main sights with different symbols"

  • Anglais Robinson Crusoé

    Daniel Defoe

    «I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull. He got a good estate by merchandise, and leaving off his trade lived afterward at York,...» Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published on 25 April 1719. The first edition credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents.
    Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in form, the book is presented as an autobiography of the title character (whose birth name is Robinson Kreutznaer)-a castaway who spends thirty years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers before being rescued.
    Taken as non-fiction, the details of Robinson Crusoe are given at the start of the novel. The story has since been perceived to be based on the life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for four years on the Pacific island of Chile.

  • Rédigée entre 1603 et 1606, cette tragédie met en scène la figure légendaire du " roi de Bretagne " avant la conquête romaine. Elle doit son renom et son universalité à la profondeur de la description des souffrances humaines.

  • Anglais Persuasion

    Jane Austen

    «Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one...» Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel, published posthumously. She began it soon after she had finished Emma and completed it in August 1816.
    As the Napoleonic Wars come to an end in 1814, Admirals and Captains of the Royal Navy are put ashore, their work done. Anne Elliot meets Captain Frederick Wentworth after seven years, by the chance of his sister and brother-in-law renting her father's estate, while she stays for a few months with her married sister, living nearby.
    They fell in love the first time, but she broke off the engagement.
    Besides the theme of persuasion, the novel evokes other topics, with which Austen was familiar: the Royal Navy, in which two of Jane Austen's brothers rose to the rank of admiral; and the superficial social life of Bath. It is portrayed extensively and serves as a setting for the second half of Persuasion.

  • La période des fêtes de fin d'année se prête idéalement à la (re)découverte en version bilingue d' « Alice au Pays des Merveilles », le chef d'oeuvre de Lewis Carroll dont personne n'ignore le titre, mais que bien peu ont lu dans sa version originale. L'occasion est donc venue de le faire, avec l'assistance, indispensable pour beaucoup, de la traduction française effectuée par Henri Bué.

    L'enregistrement sonore intégral en langue anglaise est disponible gratuitement sur notre site Internet (, ce qui permet au lecteur d'améliorer sa prononciation en même temps que sa connaissance de la langue anglaise.

    Pour en faire un cadeau aussi distrayant qu'instructif, cet ouvrage (format A4) est très richement illustré par les dessins de John Tenniel et Arthur Rackham qui ont accompagné depuis sa création l'oeuvre de Lewis Carroll.

  • Barthélémy Toguo


    • Silvana
    • 15 Mai 2013

    Fidèle à sa démarche de mise en scène de ses oeuvres dans un espace donné, Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroun, 1967) amène le visiteur à parcourir son univers sous la forme d'un lieu traversé par une gigantesque toile d'araignée.
    Cet animal, symbole de sagesse, de patience et de liberté dans la culture bamiléké du Cameroun, permet de percevoir une dimension plus universelle de la vie et de porter un regard critique sur notre société, sans hésiter à prendre plaisir à célébrer la beauté des formes.
    La vie est au coeur du travail de Barthélémy Toguo comme dans "Judith facing Holophern" ou "The Giving Person at the Holy Ghost Place", ensemble de peintures sur porcelaine réalisées sur les vases du designer Pierre Charpin en automne 2010, lors de sa résidence à la Manufacture nationale de Sèvres.
    Des oeuvres multiformes nous mettent face à notre destin :
    "Devil's Head", "Little Dreamer", "Purifications", "Ghost Tonight", "Torture in Guantanamo", "Time After Time", "Beyond The Sea"... Bathélémy Toguo lance un appel aux générations futures afin qu'elles sachent saisir leur destin.
    "Talking To The Moon" est une véritable leçon de vie.

  • «In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the Army...» A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, introducing his new characters, "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler, Dr. John Watson, who later became two of the most famous characters in literature.
    Conan Doyle wrote the story in 1886, and it was published the following year. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to Doctor Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it." (A "study" is a preliminary drawing, sketch or painting done in preparation for a finished piece.) The story, and its main characters, attracted little public interest when it first appeared.

  • In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
    «Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,» he told me,«just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.» The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan.
    Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.

  • «The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn...» The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical novel by the writer Oscar Wilde, first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine.
    Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist who is impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty; he believes that Dorian's beauty is responsible for the new mode in his art as a painter.
    Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic worldview: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life. Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied and amoral experiences; all the while his portrait ages and records every soul-corrupting sin.

  • Le Musée Estrine consacre une exposition à Françoise Gilot, compagne de Picasso après la 2de GM. Cette arstiste continue de susciter la ferveur par les passionnés d'art avec son langage de forme et de couleur unique.
    Ses oeuvres, réalisées sur divers supports, occupent aujourd'hui une place plus qu'importante dans le monde de l'art international et est fortement liée l'évolution de l'art moderne au XXème siècle.
    Son travail exquis de peinture, sa manière de pensée féministe ainsi que ses travaux littéraires lui ont valu en 1990 le titre de Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur.
    Son parcours est le résultat d'une vie riche au contact d'artistes exceptionnels, dont Pablo Picasso.

    Exposition : Saint Rémy de Provence, Musée Estrine, du 16 juillet au 31 octobre 2021.

  • Anglais Pride and Prejudice

    Jane Austen

    «It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife...» Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman, Mr. Bennet, living in Longbourn.
    Pride and Prejudice retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of "most loved books". It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes.

  • «During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher...» Tales of Mystery & Imagination (often rendered as Tales of Mystery and Imagination) is a popular title for posthumous compilations of writings by American author, essayist and poet Edgar Allan Poe and was the first complete collection of his works specifically restricting itself to his suspenseful and related tales.
    The precursor to Tales of Mystery and Imagination was a collection of Poe's works entitled Tales of Mystery, Imagination and Humor. The title "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" was first used by "The World's Classics", London, and printed by Grant Richard.

  • Anglais Arman ; 1955-1974


    • Silvana
    • 12 Février 2021

    Arman était un peintre français naturalisé aux États- Unis. Il est reconnu à l'international comme l'un des principaux artistes de la seconde moitié du XXe siècle et l'une des figures principales du courant artistique français du Nouveau Réalisme.
    Ce livre couvre les 20 premières années de la production artistique d'Arman, des Accumulations d'objets industriels et de produits en série aux Poubelles, documentant les déchets de la société de consommation;
    Des célèbres Colères, Coupes et Combustions, qui, par différents procédés, dématèlent les objets les privant de leur fonctionnalité, aux peintures, actions et oeuvres monumentales adhérant à la «poétique des choses».

  • Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice 'without pictures or conversation?' Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
    It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.
    Alice and the rest of Wonderland continue to inspire or influence many other works of art to this day.

  • Anglais The Age of Innocence

    Edith Wharton

    «On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York...» The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton's twelfth novel, initially serialized in four parts in the Pictorial Review magazine in 1920, and later released by D. Appleton and Company as a book in New York and in London. It won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making Wharton the first woman to win the prize. The story is set in upper-class New York City in the 1870s, during the so-called Gilded Age.
    The Age of Innocence centers on an upper-class couple's impending marriage, and the introduction of the bride's cousin, plagued by scandal, whose presence threatens their happiness. Though the novel questions the assumptions and morals of 1870s New York society, it never develops into an outright condemnation of the institution.
    The title is an ironic comment on the polished outward manners of New York society when compared to its inward machinations.

  • Cet ouvrage aide les étudiants à assimiler et à utiliser les schémas de l'anglais d'aujourd'hui tel qu'il est parlé et écrit par les anglophones.
    Un ouvrage complet défini dans un style clair.

  • Anglais Wuthering Heights

    Emily Bronte

    «I have just returned from a visit to my landlord-the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with. This is certainly a beautiful country! In all England, I do not believe that I could have fixed on a situation so completely removed from the stir of society...» Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë's only novel. Written between October 1845 and June 1846. Although is now widely regarded as a classic of English literature; it was considered controversial because its depiction of mental and physical cruelty was unusually stark, and it challenged strict Victorian ideals of the day.
    In 1801, Lockwood, a wealthy man from the South of England who is seeking peace and recuperation, rents Thrushcross Grange in Yorkshire. He visits his landlord, Heathcliff, who lives in a remote moorland farmhouse, Wuthering Heights. There Lockwood finds an odd assemblage: Heathcliff seems to be a gentleman, but his manners are uncouth; the reserved mistress of the house is in her mid-teens; and a young man seems to be a member of the family, yet dresses and speaks as if he is a servant.

  • Dans les yeux de Van Gogh


    • Silvana
    • 16 Avril 2021

    Dès 1883, Van Gogh mentionne dans sa correspondance son intérêt pour les caricatures de Rops et son journal Uylenspiegel paru entre 1856 et 1863 : « In Belgium at one time, Félicien Rops and Degroux, among others, drew beautiful types in a magazine called Uylenspiegel which I once had and would dearly like to have again, but alas can no longer find. There were things in it, by Degroux especially, that were as beautiful as Israëls». Il évoquera également à son frère les paysages peints par Rops.
    Durant ses séjours en Belgique entre 1878 et 1885, Van Gogh va donc visiter les musées et les expositions, dressant des comptes rendus épistoliers à son frère. Charles Degroux, Henri De Braekeleer, Henri Leys, Constantin Meunier, Charles Mertens, Joseph Coosemans, autant de peintres qui auront un impact sur son oeil de peintre.
    Quels artistes belges ont été vus, appréciés ou critiqués par Van Gogh ? Quelle fut la réception critique du travail avant-gardiste de Van Gogh lors de son séjour en Belgique ? Comment fut acceptée sa modernité et fut-elle associée à des artistes belges ?
    « Dans les yeux de Van Gogh » tentera d'élucider ces questions en regroupant certains artistes mentionnés par Van Gogh.

  • Avec plus de 780 pièces, datant du milieu du 17e au début du 20e siècle, le Musée Ariana conserve l'une des plus importantes collections suisses de céramiques japonaises. Entre influence étrangère et tradition, ces oeuvres monumentales, figurines, objets d'apparat ou d'usage quotidien illustrent la foisonnante diversité des décors et des formes, créés tant pour le marché intérieur que pour l'exportation vers l'Europe.
    Cet ensemble remarquable permet d'illustrer les productions de divers centres céramiques, et de suivre l'évolution passionnante des techniques (porcelaine, grès, etc.) et des styles (bleu et blanc, Imari, Kakiemon, Nabeshima, Satsuma ou Kutani) au pays du Soleil-Levant. Les pièces monumentales fascinent quant à elles les occidentaux, lors des Expositions universelles du 19e siècle.
    Cette collection conséquente n'avait pas encore fait l'objet d'une étude spécifique. La présente publication, qui accompagne l'exposition éponyme et réalisée avec le concours de spécialistes du domaine, se propose de combler cette lacune.

  • Anglais The Call of the Wild

    Jack London

    «Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego...» The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London published in 1903 and set in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck. The story opens at a ranch in the Santa Clara Valley of California when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He progressively reverts to a wild state in the harsh climate, where he is forced to fight to dominate other dogs. By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild.
    The story was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post in the summer of 1903; it was published a month later in book form. The book's great popularity and success made a reputation for London.

  • C'est le nouveau tome de la collection « Histoires faciles à lire » qui propose des textes courts mais complets d'auteurs connus et reconnus, regroupés par thématique. En page de droite, les textes littéraires, et face au texte en page de gauche, l'essentiel du vocabulaire difficile traduit pour mieux comprendre l'histoire et faciliter la lecture. Chaque histoire est accompagnée d'un court appareil pédagogique destiné à soutenir une réflexion sur le texte et à donner l'envie de lire d'autres oeuvres de l'auteur, ou l'oeuvre intégrale quand il s'agit d'extraits.