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Romans en anglais
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1er semestre 2010

Ian McEWAN (United Kingdom)
J. Cape

Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. When Beard’s professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and save the world from environmental disaster.

Philip HOARE (United Kingdom)
Leviathan or, The Whale
Fourth Estate
The story of a man’s obsession with whales, which takes him on a personal, historical and biographical journey — from his childhood to his fascination with Moby-Dick and his excursions whale-watching. All his life, Philip Hoare has been obsessed by whales, from the gigantic skeletons in London’s Natural History Museum to adult encounters with the wild animals themselves. Whales have a mythical quality - they seem to elide with dark fantasies of sea-serpents and antediluvian monsters that swim in our collective unconscious.

Chloe HOOPER (Australia)
The Tall man : Death and life on Palm Island
In 2004, in a remote Aboriginal community in northern Australia, Cameron Doomadgee, a drunk young indigenous man, was arrested and, a few hours later, died in his prison cell. A witness claimed that the six-foot-seven-inch arresting officer beat Doomadgee to death. The officer claimed that Doomadgee fell accidentally and that the extent of his injuries (which included broken ribs and a ruptured liver) wasn’t apparent. Through the story of the manslaughter trial, Hooper lays bare Australia’s institutional racism and the grim conditions of Aboriginal life there.

Nam LE (Australia)
The Boat
The seven stories in Nam Le’s "The Boat" take us across the globe as he enters the hearts and minds of characters from all over the world. Whether Nam Le is conjuring the story of 14-year-old Juan, a hit man in Colombia ; or an aging painter mourning the death of his much-younger lover ; or a young refugee fleeing Vietnam, crammed in the ship’s hold with 200 others, the result is unexpectedly moving and powerful.

Karan MAHAJAN (United States)
Family planning
Mr Ahuja, Delhi’s Minister of Urban Development, has too much on his hands : thirteen children and another on the way. All at sea among his sprawling, noisy brood he reaches out to Arjun, his eldest, and seemingly wisest, son. But Arjun has his own problems : how to tell the girl on the school bus that he’s crazy about her ?This uproarious novel follows father and son as they blunder their way over and under the flyovers of the megalopolis in a comic portrait of modern family life.

Hilary MANTEL (United kingdom)
Wolf Hall
Fourth Estate
England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey’s clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man : a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events… 2009 Man Booker Prize.

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