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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.

Ali SHAW (United Kingdom)
The Girl with glass feet
Atlantic books
A mysterious metamorphosis has taken hold of Ida MacLaird - she is slowly turning into glass. Fragile and determined to find a cure, she returns to the strange, enchanted island where she believes the transformation began, in search of reclusive Henry Fuwa, the one man who might just be able to help...

Colm TOIBIN (Ireland)
It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go. Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a devastating choice between duty and one great love. 2009 Costa Novel Award.

David VANN (United States)
Legend of a suicide
Roy is still young when his father puts a .44 magnum to his head and kills himself on the deck of his beloved boat. Throughout his life, Roy returns to that moment, gripped by its memory. Finaly, in "Legend of a suicide", Roy lays his father’s ghost to rest. But not before he exacts a gruelling, exhilarating revenge.

Albert WENDT (Samoa)
Leaves of Banyan Tree
This novel is a family saga that contrasts three generations of Western Samoans as a way of exploring the effects of colonialism before and after the country’s independence from New Zealand. Tauilopepe, the grandfather, struggles to acquire wealth, power, and prestige. His rebellious son, Pepe, dies of tuberculosis and leaves behind a son, Lalolagi. He is taken away from his mother by Tauilopepe and sent to a New Zealand boarding school. Lalolagi rejects the Samoan language in favor of English, and falls in with businessmen to exploit the independent country’s resources.

Alison WONG (New Zealand)
As the earth turns silver
It is the early 1900s and brothers Yung and Shun, immigrants from China, eke out a living as greengrocers in Wellington. The pair must support their families back home, but know they must adapt if they are to prosper in their adopted home. Meanwhile, Katherine McKechnie struggles to raise her rebellious son and her daughter following the death of her husband, Donald. One day, Katherine comes to Yung’s shop and is touched by the Chinaman’s unexpected generosity. Over time a clandestine relationship develops between the immigrant and the widow, a relationship Katherine’s son Robbie cannot abide...

Virginia WOOLF (United Kingdom)
Time passes = le temps passe
Le bruit du temps
Première version de la section centrale du roman "La promenade au phare". Elle fut établie par V. Woolf pour être traduite et publiée en français en tant que nouvelle dans la revue Commerce. Cette fiction décrit une longue nuit de dix années dans une maison de bord de mer que ne visite plus, de loin en loin, que la femme de ménage Mrs McNab.

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