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Légende dorée, légende des siècles, bible ou génie du paganisme, voici une oeuvre qui, en douze mille vers, conte deux cent trente et une histoires de métamorphoses ; elles remontent, pour beaucoup, à l'origine du monde. Ovide, dans ces poèmes épiques et didactiques, nous a donné, des origines à Jules César, un des grands textes sur la genèse de l'humanité.La variété des styles, de l'horreur et du fantastique à l'élégie amoureuse, enchante le lecteur autant que Les Mille et Une Nuits. La grandeur de la Rome impériale, de l'Empire d'Occident s'y reflète. Les Métamorphoses sont l'une des sources principales de la littérature et des arts occidentaux. Comme les fontaines de Rome d'où l'eau ne cesse de jaillir, Les Métamorphoses sont à la fois un monument, et une source de la culture européenne.
Tout commence par une banale dispute entre déesses : Athéna, Héra et Aphrodite convoitent la pomme d'or. Pâris, prince troyen arbitre de leur querelle, décrète que la pomme revient à Aphrodite, qui lui offre l'amour d'Hélène, la plus belle des mortelles. Pâris l'enlève et l'emmène à Troie...Le chef-d'oeuvre d'Homère dans la traduction de Leconte de Lisle, abrégée et remaniée à partir du texte grec.
- 26 Octobre 2006
Si Paris est une ville dense moins bien dotée que d'autres capitales en " espaces verts ", peu nombreuses sont, en revanche, les grandes villes qui, du fait de leur histoire et de leur climat, peuvent se prévaloir d'une aussi riche variété de jardins. Le pittoresque y côtoie la géométrie, les conceptions les plus modernes voisinent avec les tracés et les manières anciennes, et les essences exotiques ont été si bien acclimatées qu'elles sont devenues communes. Ceci sans oublier les innombrables jardins privés, tantôt réduits à une jardinière sur un balcon, tantôt vastes et secrets. Tel est le prodige qu'une culture bi-millénaire a réussi à accomplir : Paris en ses jardins n'est pas moins superbe qu'en ses rues, ses places et ses palais, et Paris sans ses jardins ne serait pas la capitale la plus visitée du monde.
- Penguin uk
- 3 Mai 2012
Julian Green was born to American parents in Paris in 1900, and spent most of his life in the French capital. Paris is an extraordinary, lyrical love letter to the city, taking the reader on an imaginative journey around its secret stairways, courtyards, alleys and hidden places. Whether evoking the cool of a deserted church on a hot summer's day, remembering Notre Dame in a winter storm in 1940, describing chestnut trees lit up at night like 'Japanese lanterns' or lamenting the passing of street cries and old buildings, his book is filled with unforgettable imagery. It is a meditation on getting lost and wasting time, and on what it truly means to know a city.
- Acc art books
- 16 Janvier 2023
The Parisian cafe is an integral part of the city's daily life no matter the weather, the time of day or year, the mood or neighbourhood. It is the spirit of the cafe , the dance of the waiters, the camaraderie of the patrons, the perpetual movement and joy, that brings Joanie Osburn to share a dollop of history, a shot of insight, and a boatload of images that celebrate the Paris cafe as a cultural heritage worth celebrating and preserving.
Cafe Society: Time Suspended, The Cafes, & Bistros of Paris is neither a history book nor a cookbook, but a non-traditional travel guide, coffee table, and lifestyle book about a treasured lifestyle. Osburn's unique perspective, honed over many decades as an American in Paris exploring and capturing images of cafe society, captivates and amuses with anecdotes and insider recommendations.
Cafe Society: Time Suspended, The Cafe s, and Bistros of Paris is a book that matters now as the world reopens and eager travellers return to Paris. The spirit of the cafe brings Joanie Osburn to share a dollop of history, a shot of insight, and a boatload of images that celebrate the Paris cafe as a cultural heritage worth preserving.
Paris is the city of chic-and as such, its innate style shines throughout the city, even in the simplest spaces. Quaint bistros, picturesque alleyways, artists' studios and unique characters are elevated to a modern-day genre painting when set in Paris. From skateboarders to antiquarians, this volume is a glimpse into Parisian life, as if peering over the edge of the balcony at your own pied-a-terre.
Collaboratively, author Alexandra Senes and photographer Oliver Pilcher open the doors to some of the most sophisticated homes in Paris, sharing an intimate portrait of various families. The quiet, daily moments of Parisian life are eternalized through Pilcher's lens. Monuments don't make a city; the people do.
Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly twodecade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood. But he soon discovered it's a different world en France.From learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men's footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David's story of how he came to fall in love withyes'>#8212;and even understandyes'>#8212;this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city.When did he realize he had morphed into un vrai parisien? It might have been when he found himself considering a purchase of men's dress socks with cartoon characters on them. Or perhaps the time he went to a bank with 135 euros in hand to make a 134euro payment, was told the bank had no change that day, and thought it was completely normal. Or when he found himself dressing up to take out the garbage because he had come to accept that in Paris appearances and image mean everything. The more than fifty original recipes, for dishes both savory and sweet, such as Pork Loin with Brown Sugaryes'>#8211;Bourbon Glaze, Braised Turkey in Beaujolais Nouveau wih Prunes, Bacon and Bleu Cheese Cake, ChocolateCoconut Marshmallows, Chocolate Spice Bread, LemonGlazed Madeleines, and Mochayes'>#8211;Cryes'>#232;me Frayes'>#238;che Cake, will have readers running to the kitchen once they stop laughing. The Sweet Life in Paris is a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.
Post-war Paris brought a blossoming of culture and thought. The Nouvelle Vague transformed French cinema, young couturiers reinvigorated French fashion, existentialism flourished in literature and philosophy, and the city swung and swayed to a vibrant jazz and rock 'n' roll scene. In the middle of it all, was Paul Almasy.
The well-travelled photojournalist, born in Hungary, had made Paris his hometown and spent his days and nights wandering its alleys, avenues, and after-hours bars. Through his photographs, we visit the old markets and artist's studios, its music joints and glamorous cafes, but also the burgeoning banlieues, where immigrant workers were housed in high-rise apartment blocks in peripheral and isolated locations.
The French are known for their joie de vivre-celebrating the simple things-a philosophy that tastemaker Ajiri Aki embraced all of her American life. As a child, she frequently tried to convince her Nigerian-Jamaican mother to pull out the fine china for everyday meals or when hosting friends. Her mother always said she was waiting for a special occasion, which sadly never came before she passed away when Ajiri was only twelve. Ajiri promised herself she would never hesitate to use her treasured pieces. When she moved to Paris, France, as an adult, she learned how central that idea is to French life, andshe also began to absorb other essential lessons from her new friends- treat yourself to fresh flowers just because, take time to source the best baguette, and perhaps most importantly, enjoy atre-just being.
In this beautifully photographed volume of everything French, Ajiri shares what she's learned about living in Paris-from hosting the perfectapero(happy hour) to lingering around town like afl neur(loafer) to thrifting for antiques at the market. While exploring the prettiest cafes and shops, you'll be inspired to reclaim your right to leisure as the French have, so you, too, can savor the spontaneous, joyful moments that happen every day.
Why do the French like talking about the decline of France ? Why does broaching a subject like money end all discussion? Why do the French become so aroused debating the merits and qualities of their own language? Julie Barlow and Jean- Benoît Nadeau spent a decade travelling to and living in Paris. Yet one important lesson never seemed to sink in: how to converse comfortably with the French, even when you speak their language.
Through encounters with school principals, city-hall civil servants, old friends and business acquaintances during their time living in France with their twin daughters, Julie and Jean-Benoît explain why, culturally and historically, talking to the French is not about communicating or being nice. It's about being interesting.
After reading The Bonjour Effect, even readers with only a smattering of French will be able to hold their own the next time they are in a bistro on the Left Bank, on a wine tour in Bourdeaux or on a beach on the Côte d'Azur.
- Penguin uk
- 6 Septembre 2018
A window on the world's most stylish city, with profiles of 20 diverse and inspiring Parisian women accompanied by gorgeous full-colour photographs by model and fashion designer Jeanne Damas, and Lauren Bastide, former editor-in-chief of French Elle. "We've always been crazy in love with this city. . . We love its arrogance, its clumsiness, its simplicity. And especially the women who live here." In Paris dispels the myth that there is only one type of Parisian woman, and offers a rare glimpse of the city that real Parisiennes live in - taking us into their homes, their careers, their style - and what being Parisian means to them. Profiles of twenty real-life women of Paris - artists, activists, booksellers, and filmmakers, aged fourteen to seventy, living in tiny attic studios, grand apartments, or houseboats - are accompanied by more than 100 full-colour photographs by Jeanne herself as well as tips on secret Parisian hideaways and the French art de vivre : from the five types of red wine to order depending on the occasion, and the bars to drink them in, to the best red lipsticks, and places to be kissed. Witty, elegant, and modern, In Paris reveals the secret to living like a Parisian, wherever and whoever you are. 'I loved it - so French and so cool' Alexandra Fullerton, author of How to Dress 'For many admirers, it is Ms. Damas who represents the ultimate in French girl chic . . . . Her new book serves as a love letter to Paris . . . [and] is sprinkled with quirky, authoritative guidelines on Paris living' Wall Street Journal
Sick of striving? Giving up on grit? Had enough of hustle culture? Daunted by the 10,000-hour rule? Relax: As the French know, it''s the best way to be better at everything. In the realm of love, what could be less seductive than someone who''s trying to seduce you? Seduction is the art of succeeding without trying, and that''s a lesson the French have mastered. We can see it in their laissez-faire parenting, chic style, haute cuisine, and enviable home cooking: they barely seem to be trying, yet the results are world-famous, thanks to a certain je ne sais quoi that is the key to a more creative, fulfilling, and productive life. For fans of both Mark Manson''s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck and Alain de Botton''s How Proust Can Change Your Life, philosopher Ollivier Pourriol''s book draws on the examples of such French legends as Descartes, Stendhal, Rodin, Cyrano de Bergerac and Francoise Sagan to show how to be efficient a la francaise, and how to effortlessly reap the rewards.
- Short books
- 15 Mars 2012
Paris, by custom and design, is a pedestrian's city - each block a revelation, every neighbourhood a new feast for the senses, a place rich with history and romance at every turn. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World is your guide par excellence to the true, off-the-beaten-track heart of the City of Lights.
- Michael joseph
- 2 Mars 2023
''Joyful, life-affirming, greedy. I loved it'' - DIANA HENRY ''Whether you are an avid cyclist, a Francophile, a greedy gut, or simply an appreciator of impeccable writing - this book will get you hooked'' - YOTAM OTTOLENGHI The nation''s ''taster in chief'' cycles 2,300 km across France in search of the definitive versions of classic French dishes. Agreen bike drunkenly weaves its way up a cratered hill inthe late-morning sun, the gears grinding painfully, like apepper mill running on empty. The rider crouched on top in arictus of pain has slowed to a gravity-defying crawl when, fromsomewhere nearby, the whine of a nasal engine breaks through her ragged breathing. A battered van appears behind her, the customary cigarettedangling from its driver''s-side window... as he passes, she casually reaches down for some water,smiling broadly in the manner of someone having almost toomuch fun. ''No sweat,'' she says jauntily to his retreating exhaustpipe. ''Pas de probleme, monsieur.'' A land of glorious landscapes, and even more glorious food, France is a place built for cycling and for eating, too - a country large enough to give any journey an epic quality, but with a bakery on every corner. Here, you can go from beach to mountain, Atlantic to Mediterranean, polder to Pyrenees, and taste the difference every time you stop for lunch. If you make it to lunch, that is... Part travelogue, part food memoir, all love letter to France, One More Croissant for the Road follows ''the nation''s taster in chief'' Felicity Cloake''s very own Tour de France, cycling 2,300km across France in search of culinary perfection; from Tarte Tatin to Cassoulet via Poule au Pot, and Tartiflette. Each of the 21 ''stages'' concludes with Felicity putting this new found knowledge to good use in a fresh and definitive recipe for each dish - the culmination of her rigorous and thorough investigative work on behalf of all of our taste buds.
- 17 Avril 2019
Are the French masters at self-promotion, or is there really something behind all that bravado ? From fashion to food to the art of seduction - why do we all want their je ne sais quoi ? And, sacrebleu, how do we get it ?With tongue-in-cheek humor, this savvy guide takes us on a tour de France rich in history, anecdotes, and crème-de-la-crème addresses. The authors introduce us to seven French tribes and divulge their most enviable Gallic secrets, from what to take to dinner and why you should never arrive on time, to why written correspondence - from the thank you note to the sexy text - is everything.Covering wardrobe essentials and personal style advice, cult houseware products and infallible recipes, life-enhancing customs and faux pas to avoid, this indispensable guide filled with insider scoops unlocks - at last - the secrets for celebrating la vie en rose.
- Michael o'mara
- 28 Avril 2022
Janine Marsh lives in northern France with her husband and myriad pets. She is unable to resist a stray animal, and the word is out. She works from a converted pig sty when she's not travelling around France doing research for her websit
Best known for her role as Helen Herriot in BBC Television's ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (for which she was awarded THE VARIETY CLUB TELEVISION PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AWARD), Carol Drinkwater has enjoyed a long and distinguished caree
A visual dual tribute to the Big Apple and the City of Lights is a full-length volume that builds on the author's popular online travel journal by the same name and complements juxtaposed graphics with lighthearted taglines that celebrate the special details of each city. 40,000 first printing.