Jean Burgess

  • Le décor inquiétant de cette fable anti-utopiste est bien connu : c'est celui de la banlieue concentrationnaire, une immense zone urbaine de désolation et de peur. Sur ce monde déshumanisé et ses habitants asservis, Alex, le voyou au charme pervers féru de musique classique et de langues anciennes, entend régner par la violence et la terreur. À la tête de sa horde adolescente, il matraque, viole, torture, et s'acharne à détruire une société programmée pour le bonheur et le progrès. Un jour, il est arrêté et envoyé en prison. Afin de faire écourter sa peine, il se porte volontaire pour une thérapie révolutionnaire où des psychanalystes l'emploient comme cobaye dans des expériences destinées à juguler la criminalité...L´Orange mécaniquefut un roman-culte avant d'être un film-culte. L'entrée de Burgess dans la collection « Pavillons Poche » est un évènement.

  • Depuis quelque temps, Sandra fait n'importe quoi: garçons, nuits blanches, vodka... à volonté. Un jour, au cours d'une dispute avec un clochard, elle se retrouve brusquement transformée... en chienne! Celle que l'on appelle désormais Lady découvre sa nouvelle condition: une vie qui fonctionne à l'instinct... Une vraie vie de chienne!

  • Junk

    Melvin Burgess

    La vie de Nico, entre un père violent et une mère alcoolique, est devenue intolérable. Il décide de fuir et entraîne avec lui son amie Gemma. Mais comment survivre dans la rue quand on n'a que quatorze ans? Ils rejoignent un squat, sont pris dans l'engrenage de la drogue. Une descente aux enfers qui fait d'eux des junkies.

  • Traquée, Béa ne sait plus à qui faire confiance, ni où elle est en sécurité. Elle a des visions étranges, entend des voix... et se découvre un pouvoir très rare, celui d'invoquer les esprits. Lars, le mystérieux, le séduisant skateur avec qui elle s'est entraînée pendant l'été, connaît son secret et la prend au piège d'une relation toxique. Manipulée, elle se met à douter de tout -sauf des conséquences de ses actes.

  • Au bout du compte, l'apocalypse zombie aura surtout généré un gigantesque problème de gestion des déchets. Les brûler dans des fours géants ? Ça rappelle trop de mauvais souvenirs. Les enterrer ? On a bien essayé, mais pour se retrouver avec des hectares de boue grouillante. La seule réponse possible était d'envoyer ces millions d'automates immortels en orbite. Mais voilà, l'entrelacs des corps se met à filtrer la lumière du soleil, génère des maladies de peau et des désordres psychiques que personne n'avait vu venir. De l'hypochondrie agressive, des troubles dépressifs chroniques, des poussées suicidaires irrésistibles, et bientôt des ados se suicident en masse pour rejoindre l'éternité orbitale. Petit à petit, la Terre est devenue invivable. Et la mort n'est plus une issue. Un roman d'une noirceur sidérante à l'imagerie traumatiquement poétique.

  • Professeur de littérature anglaise dans une université de New York, Enderby a écrit un scénario tiré du poème de Gerard Manley Hopkins, Le Naufrage du Deutschland. Le cinéaste engagé sur le film va complètement détourner le script pour en faire une histoire plus que scabreuse. La version hollywoodienne met en effet principalement en scène le viol de nonnes par de jeunes nazis. La sortie du film provoque un déchaînement de violence : de jeunes déséquilibrés vont eux aussi s´en prendre à des soeurs. Rendu responsable de ces actes terribles, Enderby est désormais l´ennemi public n° 1. Entre les coups de fil anonymes, les menaces incessantes, les voyous mais aussi les médias, c´est une société tout entière qui se retourne contre un seul homme et devient l´incarnation de la violence qu´elle dénonce. Le Testament de l´Orange n´est pas la suite de L´Orange mécanique, le précédent roman de Burgess. Mais il semble évident que l´auteur fait là un parallèle avec sa propre histoire. Après la sortie de l´adaptation cinématographique de L´Orange mécanique, plusieurs faits divers atroces furent attribués à l´influence néfaste du film. Antony Burgess, qui avait participé à sa campagne promotionnelle aux côtés de Stanley Kubrick, avait rapidement été mis en accusation.

  • La dose

    Melvin Burgess

    La récession dure depuis des décennies. Alors que le chômage et la pauvreté dominent chez les jeunes, qui ne croient plus en l'avenir, une drogue révolutionnaire appelée le Raid déferle sur Manchester. Elle offre une vie de rêve et tous les possibles pendant 7 jours puis conduit inexorablement à la mort. Quand la rock star Jimmy Earle meurt sur scène en plein concert après avoir ingéré la fameuse gélule, c'est le déclic pour des milliers de fans dont Adam, 17 ans, qui est dans la foule avec sa copine, Lizzie. Mais le garçon ne tarde pas à regretter son geste...

  • Everyone says fourteen-year-old BILLIE is nothing but trouble. A fighter. A danger to her family and friends.

    But her care worker sees someone different.


    Her classmate ROB is big, strong; he can take care of himself and his brother.

    But his violent stepdad sees someone to humiliate.


    And CHRIS is struggling at school; he just doesn't want to be there.

    But his dad sees a useless no-hoper.


    Billie, Rob and Chris each have a story to tell. But there are two sides to every story, and the question is . . . who do you believe?

  • L´auteur de L´Orange mécanique n´était pas seulement un romancier génial, il était aussi un essayiste inattendu. Dans ce recueil de ses meilleurs articles, on croisera Sophia Loren, Yves Saint Laurent, Graham Greene,

  • Du primaire à l'université, l'exploitation des ressources patrimoniales à des fins péda­gogiques suscite un intérêt grandissant chez les enseignants et les formateurs. Grâce à la richesse et à la diversité du patrimoine culturel, ces derniers peuvent envisager des formules pédagogiques originales, dans différents contextes d'enseignement, pour répondre à des objectifs très divers. Les traces du passé permettent aussi d'appuyer l'enseignement sur l'expérience d'une communauté ; elles permettent aux élèves et aux étudiants de s'éveiller à cette expérience, d'y ancrer des apprentissages et de s'ins­crire dans sa continuité. Dans cet ouvrage, des enseignants et des chercheurs partagent leurs pratiques, leurs expériences et leurs réflexions sur l'exploitation des ressources patrimoniales dans l'enseignement. Quel est ce patrimoine auquel s'intéressent les enseignants ? Comment devient-il une ressource pédagogique ? Dans quels contextes disciplinaires et à quelles fins est-il mobilisé ? Quelles stratégies originales, quelles pratiques novatrices sont mises en oeuvre ? Dans quelle mesure favorisent-elles un éveil au patrimoine et à son appréhension critique ? Enseignants, formateurs, chercheurs et étudiants trouve­ront dans cet ouvrage une esquisse d'un nouveau champ de recherche et d'intervention multidisciplinaire.

  • Cet ouvrage est une réédition numérique d'un livre paru au XXe siècle, désormais indisponible dans son format d'origine.

  • Anglais Aurora 7

    Colin Burgess

    TO A NATION enthralled by the heroic exploits of the Mercury astronauts, the launch of Lt. Cmdr. Scott Carpenter on NASA's second orbital space flight was a renewed cause for pride, jubilation and celebration. Within hours, that excitement had given way to stunned disbelief and anxiety as shaken broadcasters began preparing the American public for the very real possibility that an American astronaut and his spacecraft may have been lost at sea.In fact, it had been a very close call. Completely out of fuel and forced to manually guide Aurora 7 through the frightening inferno of re-entry, Carpenter brought the Mercury spacecraft down to a safe splashdown in the ocean. In doing so, he controversially overshot the intended landing zone. Despite his efforts, Carpenter's performance on the MA-7 mission was later derided by powerful figures within NASA. He would never fly into space again. Taking temporary leave of NASA, Carpenter participated in the U.S. Navy's pioneering Sealab program. For a record 30 days he lived and worked aboard a pressurized habitat resting on the floor of the ocean, becoming the nation's first astronaut/aquanaut explorer.Following extensive research conducted by noted spaceflight historian Colin Burgess, the drama-filled flight of Aurora 7 is faithfully recounted in this engrossing book, along with the personal recollections of Scott Carpenter and those closest to the actual events.

  • Anglais Liberty Bell 7

    Colin Burgess

    NASA's Mercury astronauts were seven highly skilled professional test pilots. Each of them seemed to possess the strength of character and commitment necessary to overcome apparently insurmountable obstacles as the United States entered into a Cold War space race with the Soviet Union. This was never more evident than on the epic suborbital MR-4 flight of Liberty Bell 7 with astronaut Virgil (`Gus') Grissom piloting the spacecraft to a successful splashdown, followed by the premature blowing of the craft's explosive hatch. After a hurried exit and struggling to stay afloat, he could only watch helplessly as the recovery helicopter pilot valiantly fought a losing battle to save the sinking capsule. That day NASA not only lost a spacecraft but came perilously close to losing one of its Mercury astronauts, a decorated Korean fighter pilot from Indiana who might one day have soared to the highest goal of them all, as the first person to set foot on the Moon. For the first time, many of those closest to the flight of Liberty Bell 7 and astronaut Gus Grissom offer their stories and opinions on the dramatic events of July 21, 1961, and his later pioneering Gemini mission. They also tell of an often controversial life cut tragically and horrifically short in a launch pad fire that shocked the nation.

  • Since first emerging as an issue of concern in the late 1960s, fear of crime has become one of the most researched topics in contemporary criminology and receives considerable attention in a range of other disciplines including social ecology, social psychology and geography. Researchers looking the subject have consistently uncovered alarming characteristics, primarily relating to the behavioural responses that people adopt in relation to their fear of crime. This book reports on research conducted over the past eight years, in which efforts have been made to pioneer the combination of techniques from behavioural geography with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in order to map the fear of crime. The first part of the book outlines the history of research into fear of crime, with an emphasis on the many approaches that have been used to investigate the problem and the need for a spatially-explicit approach. The second part provides a technical break down of the GIS-based techniques used to map fear of crime and summarises key findings from two separate study sites. The authors describe collective avoidance behaviour in relation to disorder decline models such as the Broken Windows Thesis, the potential to integrate fear mapping with police-community partnerships and emerging avenues for further research. Issues discussed include fear of crime in relation to housing prices and disorder, the use of fear mapping as a means with which to monitor the impact of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and fear mapping in transit environments.

  • Anglais M/F

    Anthony Burgess

    Kicked out of college and harassed by his lawyer, Miles Faber abandons New York and embarks on a defiant pilgrimage across the Caribbean to find the shrine of Sib Legeru, an obscure poet and painter. But in the streets of Castita's capital, where a wild religious festival is in full swing, a series of bizarre encounters - including his own repulsive doppelgänger (the son of a circus bird-woman) - and disturbing family revelations await Miles, who soon finds himself a willing victim of dynastic destiny.

    A darkly surreal comedy of dazzling linguistic inventiveness, MF is an outrageous tale of blood, lust and the machinations of fate.

  • “If I had given it much thought, I might have hesitated to marry a man for whom at the age of 45 much of the past was too painful to considerfor either of us. Truthfully, thought had little to do with it.  Instinct didthe instinct to seize a sure and ebullient happiness or go down trying.”Falling in love is arguably the greatest risk and leap of faith any of us take.  There’s no guarantee for future happiness, no protection from the ugly scars of the past, no shield from tragedythis powerful memoir reminds us why we bother.At a lakeside café in the summer of 1988, 31yearold Glenda Burgess is sitting across from 44yearold Kenneth Grunzweig and falling in love. Then Ken confesses that he has already been widowed twice, under harrowing circumstances. This tragic past, the age difference, Ken’s emotionally scarred teenage daughterall might be enough to send anyone running, but Glenda believed in her instincts, believed more than anything that this lovely, generous man would shape her life. And Ken, who with his heartbreaking losses had long said that he’d given up on love, came to share a sense of their romantic destiny. The two embark on the sort of love affair that many of us don’t believe exist anymorea grand romance that buoys them through the birth of two kids and fifteen magical years of marriage until tragedy strikes again in the form of a shadowy spot on Ken’s lung. The jorney that follows will test their resilience and strengthen their devotion.The Geography of Love is a book about believing in first instincts and second chances.It is a poignant exploration of the depths of the human heart and our ability to love and to trust no matter the obstacles.It is a reminder that “real” life is always richer, stranger, and more extraordinary than fiction.It is the most moving love story you’ll read this year.From the Hardcover edition.

  • What Jonathan Lethem did for Brooklyn, Matt Burgess does for Queens in this exuberant and brilliant debut novel about a young drug dealer having a very bad weekend.
    Alfredo Batista has some worries. Okay, a lot of worries. His older brother, Jose--sorry, Tariq--is returning from a stretch in prison after an unsuccessful robbery, a burglary that Alfredo was supposed to be part of. So now everyone thinks Alfredo snitched on his brother, which may have something to do with the fact that Alfredo is now dating Tariqs ex-girlfriend, Isabel, who is eight months pregnant. Tariqs violent streak is probably #1 worry on Alfredos list.
    Also, he needs to steal a pit bull. For the homecoming dogfight.
    Burgess brings to life the rich and vivid milieu of his hometown native Queens in all its glorious variety. Here is the real New York, a place where Pakistanis, Puerto Ricans, Haitians, An ­glos, African Americans, and West Indians scrap and mingle and love. But the real star here is Burgesss incredible ear for language--the voices of his characters leap off the page in riotous, spot-on dialogue. The outer boroughs have their own language, where a polite greeting is fraught with menace, and an insult can be the expression of the most tender love.
    With a story as intricately plotted as a Shakespearean comedy--or revenge tragedy, for that matter--and an electrically colloquial prose style, Dogfight, a Love Story establishes Matt Burgess as an exuberant new voice in contemporary literature. The great Queens novel has arrived.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais Byrne

    Anthony Burgess

    Byrne is Anthony Burgess's final work: an epic verse novel.

    Michael Byrne is a minor modern composer with greater talent in bed than in the concert hall. A bigamist, a charmer and a thug, Byrne sells his talents as a composer and painter, ending up in Hitler's Third Reich. He moves opportunistically from country to country and from bed to bed, leaving a small tribe of children across the globe. He then vanishes and the story passes to his children, including twin sons, one a doubting priest, the other sick of an incapacitating disease, who move across the troubled face of contemporary Europe before encountering their father in one final apocalyptic confrontation. Brilliantly readable, enormously funny and full of passion and energy, it is also Anthony Burgess's last powerful statement of life and art.

  • A supremely unlucky in love late twenty something living in London decides to leave the whole sorry business of dating behind - at least for a while.

  • "I've discovered the secret to successful singledom. I'm acting like a man. And it's working."

  • Enderby is a poet, social critic and Catholic. He may be found hiding in the lavatory where much of his best work is composed, or perhaps in Rome, brainwashed into respectability by a glamorous wife, aftershave and the dolce vita. Whether he is pursuing revenge and inspiration in Morocco, expounding on his notorious sex film on a TV chat show, or writing a hit musical based on the life and work of Shakespeare, Enderby emerges triumphant.

  • 'One of the most productive, imaginative and risk-taking of writers... It is a clever, sexually explicit, fast-moving, full blooded yarn' Irish Times A Dead Man in Deptford re-imagines the riotous life and suspicious death of Christopher Marlowe. Poet, lover and spy, Marlowe must negotiate the pressures placed upon him by theatre, Queen and country. Burgess brings this dazzling figure to life and pungently evokes Elizabethan England.

  • These are Anthony Burgess's candid confessions: he was seduced at the age of nine by an older woman; whilst serving in Gibraltar in World War II he was thrown into jail on VE Day for calling Franco names; he once taught a group of Nazi socialites that the English equivalent of 'heil' was 'sod' and had them crying 'Sod Hitler'. Little Wilson and Big God moves from Moss Side to Malaya recalling Burgess's time as an education officer in the tropics, his tempestuous first marriage, his struggles with Catholicism and the beginning of his prolific writing life. Wise, self-deprecating and bristling with incident, this is a first-class memoir.

  • My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun,Coral is far more red than her lips' red,If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun,If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head . . .Through the distorted vision of a university lecturer, the truth about William Shakespeare's love life emerges: his affairs with a black woman and a golden man, his conflicted relationship with his wife, his affection for a young boy. Beginning with a childhood obsession with words and a dream of being more than a glover's son, the life and romance of the great Bard is unfolded.The famed author of A Clockwork Orange takes us through the dramas of play-making in plague-ridden London. Rich in language and soaked in the Elizabethan spirit, this story of the immortal Shakespeare has emerged as a modern classic.

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