• Après le sacrifice de sa fille, une mère fomente la mise à mort de l'assassin. Enragée, elle crie sa joie de venger son enfant. Puis son fils est enlevé et passe des années en exil où, dans un douloureux monologue intérieur, il revit le meurtre de sa soeur. Au foyer, il ne reste qu'une fille, obsédée jusqu'à la folie par la place démesurée qu'occupent les disparus dans le coeur de leur mère.
    Clytemnestre, Oreste, Électre. Ils mêlent leurs voix en un choeur tragique pour raconter ce drame : l'assassinat d'Iphigénie par son père en échange d'une victoire à la guerre.

    Dans des paysages sauvages qui rappellent les contrées isolées d'Irlande, Colm Tóibín donne aux héros et aux héroïnes du mythe grec une humanité bouleversante, inattendue, qui nous hante longtemps.

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  • Enniscorthy, sud-est de l'Irlande, années 1950. Comme de nombreux jeunes de sa génération, Eilis Lacey, diplôme de comptabilité en poche, ne parvient pas à trouver du travail. Par l'entremise d'un prêtre, sa soeur Rose obtient pour elle un emploi aux États-Unis. En poussant sa jeune soeur à partir, Rose se sacrifie : elle sera seule désormais pour s'occuper de leur mère veuve et aura peu de chance de se marier. Terrorisée à l'idée de quitter le cocon familial, mais contrainte de se plier à la décision de Rose, Eilis quitte l'Irlande. À Brooklyn, elle loue une chambre dans une pension de famille irlandaise.
    Au début, le mal du pays la submerge, la laissant triste et solitaire. Puis, peu à peu, elle s'attache à la nouveauté de son existence. Dans ce rythme entre monotonie rassurante et nouveautés excitantes, Eilis trouve une sorte de liberté assez proche du bonheur. Et quand Tony, un Italien tendre, sérieux et très amoureux, entre dans sa vie, elle est convaincue que son avenir est tout tracé : elle deviendra américaine. Mais un drame familial l'oblige à retraverser l'Atlantique pour un séjour de quelques semaines en Irlande. Un nouvel avenir l'attend dans la bourgade de son enfance : un homme prêt à l'épouser, un travail. Deux pays, deux emplois, deux amours. Les possibilités inconciliables déferlent sur Eilis, lui infligeant cette petite mort que suppose l'impératif des choix.

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  • Irlande, fin des années 1960. Nora, qui élève seule ses quatre enfants depuis la mort de son mari, tente de refaire sa vie sous l'oeil critique des habitants de la petite ville où elle vit depuis toujours. Opiniâtre et indocile, elle s'affranchit peu à peu des cancans et s'autorise de menues libertés : prendre des cours de chant, s'acheter une chaîne stéréo... La profondeur des émotions que soulève en elle la musique s'accorde au réveil de sa sensibilité et de sa personnalité.

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  • Ils sont deux à la surveiller, à l'interroger pour lui faire dire ce qu'elle n'a pas vu. Ils dressent de son fils un portrait dans lequel elle ne le reconnaît pas et veulent bâtir autour de sa crucifixion une légende qu'elle refuse. Seule, à l'écart du monde, dans un lieu protégé, elle tente de s'opposer au mythe que les anciens compagnons de son fils sont en train de forger. Une réinterprétation bouleversante de la figure de Marie, un roman puissant et envoûtant.

  • C'est sans doute parce qu'ils étaient différents, trop sensuels et rebelles à l'hypocrisie, qu'ils ont quitté leur famille et se sont exilés. Pourtant, ils ne souffrent plus d'être éloignés de leur passé. Au contraire.

    Malik, jeune Pakistanais immigré à Barcelone, découvre son homosexualité dans une communauté musulmane plus tolérante que son père. Pour Frances, l'Irlandaise devenue américaine, revenir au pays, c'est se réconcilier avec l'une des plus belles pages de sa vie amoureuse, avant de repartir définitivement. Carme, rejetée par ses parents franquistes, les retrouve alors qu'ils s'apprêtent à brader aux promoteurs la vieille demeure où règne encore le souvenir de sa grand-mère...

  • HOUSE OF NAMES

    Colm Tóibín

    THE TOP 10 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Unforgettable' Mary Beard 'They cut her hair before they dragged her to the place of sacrifice. Her mouth was gagged to stop her cursing her father, her cowardly, two-tongued father. Nonetheless, they heard her muffled screams.' On the day of his daughter's wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice. His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory. Three years later, he returns home and his murderous action has set the entire family - mother, brother, sister - on a path of intimate violence, as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace's dungeons and bedchambers. As his wife seeks his death, his daughter, Electra, is the silent observer to the family's game of innocence while his son, Orestes, is sent into bewildering, frightening exile where survival is far from certain. Out of their desolating loss, Electra and Orestes must find a way to right these wrongs of the past even if it means committing themselves to a terrible, barbarous act. House of Names is a story of intense longing and shocking betrayal. It is a work of great beauty, and daring, from one of our finest living writers. 'A masterpeice' Daily Telegraph 'Devastatingly human ... hauntingly believable' Guardian 'A celebration of what novels can do' Observer

  • MAD, BAD, DANGEROUS TO KNOW

    Colm Tóibín

    • Viking
    • 25 Juillet 2019

    An intimate study of three of Ireland's greatest writers from one of its best-loved contemporary voices 'A father...is a necessary evil.' Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know Colm Toibin turns his incisive gaze to three of Ireland's greatest writers, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, and their earliest influences: their fathers. From Wilde's doctor father, a brilliant statistician and amateur archaeologist, who was taken to court by an obsessed lover in a strange premonition of what would happen to his son; to Yeats' father, an impoverished artist and brilliant letter-writer who could never finish apainting; to John Stanislus Joyce, a singer, drinker and story-teller, a man unwilling to provide for his large family, whom his son James memorialised in his work. Colm Toibin illuminates not only the complex relationships between three of the greatest writers in the English language and their fathers, but also illustrates the surprising ways they surface in their work.

  • Sean Scully est l'un des peintres abstraits les plus reconnus de notre époque. Son style pictural, composé de lignes ou de bandes de couleur faisant allusion à des éléments architecturaux tels que des portails, des fenêtres et des murs, est l'un des plus immédiatement reconnaissables dans la peinture contemporaine. Ce livre en format compact rassemble ses photographies des murs de pierre sèche trouvés sur les îles d'Aran, au large de la côte ouest de l'Irlande.

  • Anglais Testament of mary, the

    Colm Tóibín

    For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change.

  • En 1895, Henry James est un écrivain établi et reconnu, qui ambitionne d'étendre sa notoriété au théâtre. Mais la première de sa pièce Guy Domville est un désastre. Humilié, il se réfugie en Irlande, fuyant la foule et l'agitation londonienne. L'auteur mondain et recherché choisit dès lors de se couper du monde pour se livrer à une introspection et une analyse minutieuses de ses souvenirs et de l'actualité. Peu à peu, ces réflexions semblent donner à son inspiration et à son style une nouvelle direction... Roman à l'atmosphère troublante, Le Maître est le poignant portrait d'un artiste en pleine réinvention et une fulgurante réflexion sur les mécanismes de la création.

  • Empty family, the

    Colm Tóibín

    'I imagined lamplight, shadows, soft voices, clothes put away, the low sound of late news on the radio. And I thought as I crossed the bridge at Baggot Street to face the last stretch of my own journey home that no matter what I had done, I had not done that.' In the captivating stories that make up The Empty Family Colm Tóibín delineates with a tender and unique sensibility lives of unspoken or unconscious longing, of individuals, often willingly, cast adrift from their history.


    From the young Pakistani immigrant who seeks some kind of permanence in a strange town to the Irish woman reluctantly returning to Dublin and discovering a city that refuses to acknowledge her long absence each of Tóibín's stories manage to contain whole worlds: stories of fleeing the past and returning home, of family threads lost and ultimately regained.

  • Promesse trahie, aveux refoulés, abandon ou possession... D'une écriture envoûtante, Colm Toibin signe avec L'épaisseur des âmes neuf histoires d'une subtilité rare, autour de la relation si singulière unissant les mères et leurs fils. Alcoolisme, remords, homosexualité les ont enfermés dans des silences qu'ils ne savent plus rompre... A travers ces face-à-face, ces dialogues muets d'une force dévastatrice et salvatrice, Toibin pose l'universelle question des dévoilements et des secrets dont sont constitués ces liens mystérieux du sang.

  • La bruyere incendiee

    Colm Tóibín

    • 10/18
    • 18 Août 2005

    Chaque été, le juge eamon redmond quitte dublin avec sa femme pour la petite ville de cush.
    Là oú la mer et le vent semblent avoir le dernier mot, il vient oublier les hommes, et leurs déchirures entre croyances, justice et engagement. du moins le croit-il. car si certains souvenirs échappent à la mémoire comme s'effondrent sous la poussée des eaux des pans entiers de la falaise, d'autres résistent à l'érosion. a travers la conscience d'un homme, colm toibin explore les vicissitudes du temps, inexorable bâtisseur de destinées.
    " dans l'histoire poignante de l'amour d'un vieux magistrat pour sa femme mourante, on retrouve l'infinie miséricorde des chefs-d'oeuvre oú la fuite inéluctable du temps s'accompagne des souvenirs indélébiles de la lutte nationaliste. " anne pons, l'express.

  • Lassée par les rapports conflictuels qu'elle entretient avec sa mère, helen a coupé les ponts.
    Mais son patient échafaudage de mise à distance est balayé d'un coup. son frère, declan, atteint d'une maladie incurable, souhaite qu'elle annonce la nouvelle à leur mère. pire encore, il veut se retirer quelques jours avec elles dans la maison de famille à wexford. deux amis, qui ne quittent pas son chevet, seront du voyage.

  • Anglais The Master

    Colm Tóibín

    It is January 1895 and Henry James's play, Guy Domville, from which he hoped to make his fortune, has failed on the London stage. Opening with this disaster, The Master spans the next five years of James's life, during which time he moves to Rye in Sussex, having found his dream retreat.

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  • THE MAGICIAN Nouv.

    THE MAGICIAN

    Colm Tóibín

    • Viking
    • 23 Septembre 2021

    From one of our greatest living writers comes a sweeping novel of unrequited love and exile, war and family. br>br>The Magician tells the story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction. He would find himself on the wrong side of history in the First World War, cheerleading the German army, but have a clear vision of the future in the second, anticipating the horrors of Nazism. He would have six children and keep his homosexuality hidden; he was a man forever connected to his family and yet bore witness to the ravages of suicide. He would write some of the greatest works of European literature, and win the Nobel Prize, but would never return to the country that inspired his creativity. Through one life, Colm Toibin tells the breathtaking story of the twentieth century.br>___________________________________br>br>***Praise for Colm Toibín***br>br>''A celebration of what novels can do'' Observerbr>br>''Devastatingly human . . . savage, sordid and hauntingly believable'' Guardian br>br>''Tremendous, richly beautiful, wonderful . . . it does everything we ought to ask of a great novel'' Tessa Hadleybr>br>''Subtle and enthralling'' Sunday Times>

  • *** Includes the first chapter of Colm Toibín's stunning new novel, Nora Webster *** Brooklyn is a devastating story of love, loss and one woman's terrible choice between duty and personal freedom.

    It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time.

    Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick. 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 terrible dilemma - a devastating choice between duty and one great love.

    'With this elating and humane novel, Colm Toibín has produced a masterwork' Sunday Times 'The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time' Zoë Heller Guardian, Books of the Year 'A work of such skill, understatement and sly jewelled merriment could haunt your life' Ali Smith, TLS, Books of the Year Colm Toibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of seven other novels including Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. He lives in Dublin.

  • 'I imagined lamplight, shadows, soft voices, clothes put away, the low sound of late news on the radio. And I thought as I crossed the bridge at Baggot Street to face the last stretch of my own journey home that no matter what I had done, I had not done that.' In the captivating stories that make up The Empty Family Colm Toibín delineates with a tender and unique sensibility lives of unspoken or unconscious longing, of individuals, often willingly, cast adrift from their history.

    From the young Pakistani immigrant who seeks some kind of permanence in a strange town to the Irish woman reluctantly returning to Dublin and discovering a city that refuses to acknowledge her long absence each of Toibín's stories manage to contain whole worlds: stories of fleeing the past and returning home, of family threads lost and ultimately regained.

  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013 From the author of Brooklyn comes a short, powerful novel about one of the most famous mothers in history.

    In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change.

    As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened. In her effort to tell the truth in all its gnarled complexity, she slowly emerges as a figure of immense moral stature as well as a woman from history rendered now as fully human.

    Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of six novels, including The Blackwater Lightship, The Master, both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award, and two collections of stories, Mothers and Sons and The Empty Family.

  • Anglais The South

    Colm Toibin

    With an introduction by Roy FosterA classic work of Irish literature, this award-winning novel is an exploration of love, art and identity.This was the night train to Barcelona, some hours before the dawn. This was 1950, late September. I had left my husband. I had left my home. Katherine Proctor has dared to leave her family in Ireland and reach out for a new life. Determined to become an artist, she flees to Spain, where she meets Miguel, a passionate man who has fought for his own freedoms. They retreat to the quiet intensity of the mountains and begin to build a life together. But as Miguel's past catches up with him, Katherine too is forced to re-examine her relationships: with her lover, her painting and the homeland she only thought she knew. . .The South is the book that introduced readers to the astonishing gifts of Colm Toibín, winning the Irish Times First Fiction Award in 1991. Arrestingly visual and enduringly atmospheric, it is a classic novel of art, sacrifice, and courage.

  • From Colm Toibín comes New Ways to Kill Your Mother, a fabulously entertaining book about writers and their families.

    In this wonderfully entertaining and enlightening collection, Colm Toibín not only explores the often tense relationship between writers and their families but also conveys, with a rare tenderness and wit, the great joy of reading their work. Here is W.B. Yeats harshly responding to his own father's literary efforts; Thomas Mann ruining his children's prospects; Tennessee Williams haunted by his sister's mental illness; and John Cheever being beastly to his wife.

    Praise for New Ways to Kill Your Mother:

    'A brilliant book...Toibín is a supple, subtle thinker, alive to hints and undertones, wary of absolute truths' Robert Hanks, New Statesman 'A penetrating and often very funny inquiry into the fraught complicity between parent and child, brother and sister' Daily Telegraph' Insightful and compassionate, assured and knowledgeable, never less than fascinating. An impressive, fine and engaging collection' Independent on Sunday Colm Toibín was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of seven novels, including The Master which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize , Brooklyn which won the Costa Novel Award and, most recently, The Testament of Mary, and two volumes of short stories. His non-fiction includes Lady Gregory's Toothbrush and Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almovodar. He is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books and has been visiting writer at Stanford, Princeton, the University of Texas at Austin and Manchester University. He is currently Mellon Professor in the Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

  • A Guest at the Feast is Colm Toibín's touching memoir.

    A Guest at the Feast moves from the small town of Enniscorthy to Dublin, from memories of a mother who always had a book on the go to the author's early adulthood, from a love of literature to the influences of place and family. Toibín's captivating memoir is the story of a writer coming of age and his connections between home, work and love. It is a perfect gem of a book.

    Colm Toibín was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of five other novels, including Brooklyn, The Blackwater Lightship and The Master, both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and a collection of stories, Mothers and Sons.

  • En avant-première, découvrez les premiers chapitres des titres de la rentrée littéraire 2015 des éditions Robert Laffont:

    Littérature française - Jean d'Ormesson, Dieu, les affaires et nous - Sorour Kasmaï, Un jour avant la fin du monde - Jean-François Kervéan, Animarex - Eugène Green, L'inconstance des démons - Julien Suaudeau, Le Français - Jean-Marie Rouart, Ces amis qui enchantent la vie Littérature étrangère - Colm Tóbín, Le Testament de Marie

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