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Michel Tournier - book author

Michel Tournier was a French writer.

His works are highly considered and have won important awards such as the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française in 1967 for Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique. and the Prix Goncourt for Le Roi des aulnes in 1970. His works dwell on the fantastic, his inspirations including traditional German culture, Catholicism, and the philosophies of Gaston Bachelard. He lived in Choisel and was a member of the Académie Goncourt. His autobiography has been translated and published as The Wind Spirit (Beacon Press, 1988).

Michel Tournier is the author of books: Friday, or, The Other Island, The Ogre, Sexta-Feira ou a Vida Selvagem, Gemini, La Goutte d'or, The Four Wise Men, Le coq de bruyère, Gilles & Jeanne, The Midnight Love Feast, Journal extime

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Friday, winner of the 1967 Grand Prix du Roman of the Académie Française, is a sly, enchanting retelling of the legend of Robinson Crusoe by the man the New Yorker calls "France's best and probably best-known writer." Cast away on a tropical island, Michel Tournier's god-fearing Crusoe sets out to tame it, to remake it in the image of the civilization he has left behind. Alone and against incredible odds, he almost succeeds. Then a mulatto named Friday appears and teaches Robinson that there are, after all, better things in life than civilization.

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An international bestseller and winner of the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award, The Ogre is a masterful tale of innocence, perversion, and obsession. It follows the passage of strange, gentle Abel Tiffauges from submissive schoolboy to "ogre" of the Nazi school at the castle of Kaltenborn, taking us deeper into the dark heart of fascism than any novel since The Tin Drum. Until the very last page, when Abel meets his mystic fate in the collapsing ruins of the Third Reich, it shocks us, dazzles us, and above all holds us spellbound.
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Robinson não poderá nunca voltar ao mundo que deixou. Então, palmo a palmo, edifica o seu pequeno reino. Tem uma casa, fortalezas para se defender e um criado, Sexta-Feira, que lhe é dedicado de alma e coração. Tem mesmo um cão, que envelhece calmamente ao sol de Speranza. A ilha é um pequeno baluarte de civilização e tudo parece ir pelo melhor. A verdade é que todos três se aborrecem. Sexta-Feira nada compreende da organização, das leis, dos rituais que tanto agradam a Robinson. Escapa-lhe a razão de ser dos campos cultivados, dos rebanhos, das fortalezas. Mas então dá-se um acontecimento inesperado.

Esta obra é uma versão adaptada de «Vendredi ou Les Limbes du Pacifique», do mesmo autor.
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Jean and Paul are identical twins. Outsiders, even their parents, cannot tell them apart, and call them Jean-Paul. The mysterious bond between them excludes all others; they speak their own language; they are one perfectly harmonious unit; they are, in all innocence, lovers.

For Paul, this unity is paradise, but as they grow up Jean rebels against it. He takes a mistress and deserts his brother, but Paul sets out to follow him in a pilgrimage that leads all around the world, through places that reflect their separation--the mirrored halls of Venice, the Zen gardens of Japan, the newly divided city of Berlin. The exquisite love story of Jean-Paul is set against the ugliness and pain of human existence. " Gemini" is a novel of extraordinary proportions, intricate images, and profound thought, in which Michel Tournier tells his fascinating story with an irresistible humor.
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«Donne-moi la photo.»Idriss gardait ses chèvres et ses moutons non loin de l'oasis de Tabelbala quand une Land Rover a surgi. Une jeune femme blonde aux jambes nues a pris en photo le petit berger saharien. Sa photo, elle la lui enverra dès son retour à Paris.Idriss a attendu en vain. Son image volée ne lui a pas été rendue. Plus tard, quand il va partir vers le nord et jusqu'à Paris pour chercher du travail, il va se heurter à des images de lui-même qu'il ne reconnaîtra pas. Perdu dans un palais de mirages, il s'enfoncera dans la dérision jusqu'à ce qu'il trouve son salut dans la calligraphie. Seul le signe abstrait le libérera de la tyrannie de l'image, opium de l'Occident.
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Displaying his characteristic penchant for the macabre, the tender and the comic, Michael Tournier presents the traditional Magi describing their personal odysseys to Bethlehem--and audaciously imagines a fourth, "the eternal latecomer"' whose story of hardship and redemption is the most moving and instructive of all. Prince of Mangalore and son of an Indian maharajah, Taor has tasted an exquisite confection, "rachat loukoum," and is so taken by the flavor that he sets out to recover the recipe. His quest takes him across Western Asia and finally lands him in Sodom, where he is imprisoned in a salt mine. There, this fourth wise man learns the recipe from a fellow prisoner, and learns of the existence and meaning of Jesus.
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Comment le Père Noël donnerait-il le sein à l'Enfant Jésus ? L'Ogre du Petit Poucet était-il un hippie ? Un nain peut-il devenir un surhomme ? Est-il possible de tuer avec un appareil de photographie ? Le citron donne-t-il un avant-goût du néant ?À ces questions - et à bien d'autres plus graves et plus folles encore - ce livre répond par des histoires drôles, navrantes, exaltantes et toujours exemplaires.
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Comment Jeanne d'Arc, si lucide, au bon sens si fort, a-t-elle put accepter pour compagnon ce Gilles de Rais dont la monstruosité continue à révolter et à fasciner, un demi-millénaire après son supplice ? A cette question - toujours esquivée ou laissée pendante par les historiens -, Michel Tournier tente de répondre : et si Gilles de Rais n'était devenu un monstre que sous l'influence de Jeanne ? Et s'il avait remis son âme entre ses mains pour le meilleur et pour le pire ? Pour le meilleur : libération d'Orléans, victoire de Patay, sacre de Charles VII. Pour le pire : blessure, capture, procès, condamnation par l'Eglise, bûcher. Gilles de Rais a suivi Jeanne jusqu'au bout, jusqu'à la sorcellerie, jusqu'au bûcher sur lequel il est monté neuf ans après elle.
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Yves Oudalle, one-time captain of a fishing trawler, and his wife Nadege no longer get on. They decide to separate and invite all their friends to a party - a fish banquet in celebration of love and the sea - where they plan to announce the sad news. Each guest at the party tells a story.
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Les douze mois de l'année jalonnés par quelque quatre cents notules, observations, gloses, citations et autres historiettes. Michel Tournier, habitué aux récits de longue haleine - Vendredi, Les Météores, Les Rois mages, etc. -, s'essaie ici dans l'instantané. Cela va des abeilles de son jardin à un assassinat commis à Central Park (New York), du violoncelle de Pablo Casals à la philosophie du fouet. Mais le rire et la mort sont rarement absents de ces pages.