La biographie de l'un des principaux promoteur de la tolérance et de la liberté d'opinion. Aujourd'hui plus que jamais, Voltaire est invoqué contre le fanatisme religieux et en faveur des libertés. L'auteur du Traité sur la tolérance (1763) s'est en effet engagé dans tous les combats de son siècle contre l'obscurantisme. Cet écrivain surdoué a pratiqué tous les genres, cet ambitieux s'est introduit dans tous les milieux où régnaient le pouvoir et l'argent. Mais jamais il n'a abdiqué son indépendance d'esprit. Ce petit homme maladif, au cours d'une vie mouvementée, a porté très haut et très loin les droits de la conscience et l'esprit français. Voltaire, flambeau des Lumières, est universel. " Voilà un Voltaire qui se lit comme un roman [...] tant le personnage est prenant, les rebondissements innombrables, la trajectoire unique. " Roger-Pol Droit, Le Monde des Livres
Around the World in 80 Days
Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a �20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club.
Biographical note: Sascha Bru, Genth University, Belgium; Peter Nicholls, University of Sussex, UK.
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Presents a collection of fifty-nine familiar and unfamiliar stories by such writers as John Cheever, Ray Bradbury, Flannery O'Connor, Edmund White, and Richard Wright.
War and the American Presidency
"Historical reflections that deftly challenge the political and ideological foundations of President Bush's foreign policy."--Charles A. Kupchan, New York Times In a book that brings a magisterial command of history to the most urgent of contemporary questions, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., explores the war in Iraq, the presidency, and the future of democracy. Describing unilateralism as "the oldest doctrine in American history," Schlesinger nevertheless warns of the dangers posed by the fatal turn in U.S. policy from deterrence and containment to preventive war. He writes powerfully about George W. Bush's expansion of presidential power, reminding us nevertheless of our country's distinguished legacy of patriotism through dissent in wartime. And in a new chapter written especially for the paperback edition, he examines the historical role of religion in American politics as a background for an assessment of Bush's faith-based presidency.
Ovid's Metamorphoses gains its ideal twenty-first-century herald in Stanley Lombardo's bracing translation of a wellspring of Western art and literature that is too often treated, even by poets, as a mere vehicle for the scores of myths it recasts and transmits rather than as a unified work of art with epic-scale ambitions of its own. Such misconceptions are unlikely to survive a reading of Lombardo's rendering, which vividly mirrors the brutality, sadness, comedy, irony, tenderness, and eeriness of Ovid's vast world as well as the poem's effortless pacing. Under Lombardo's spell, neither Argus nor anyone else need fear nodding off. The translation is accompanied by an exhilarating Introduction by W. R. Johnson that unweaves and reweaves many of the poem's most important themes while showing how the poet achieves some of his most brilliant effects. An analytical table of contents, a catalog of transformations, and a glossary are also included.
Coloniality at Large
A state-of-the-art anthology of postcolonial theory and practice in the Latin American context.
Concise Oxford English Dictionary
Offers definitions for English words and phrases, along with observations about the evolution of the dictionary since its first edition and tables that contain information for such topics as countries and chemical elements.
The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro
With the help of Figaro, Count Almaviva defeats Dr. Bartolo's attempts to separate him from his lover, and Figaro upstages his master, a pleasure-seeking, incompetent nobleman, in their quest for the same woman.
Art Deco 1910 1939
'The best book on Art Deco to have appeared so far, and likely to remain so.' Bevis Hillier, Literary Review