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The State and Culture in 20th Century France (L’Etat et la culture en France au XXe siecle)

HISTORY The strong implication of State in these cultural fields is often shown as a French peculiarity. For one decade, the set of themes of the “cultural State” is feeding in many ways a critic of the cultural policy. The 20th century shows a growing intervention of the authorities. Philippe Poirrier insists on the fact […]

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How To Keep Your Spirits Up (Comment garder le moral)

HOW TO KEEP YOUR SPIRITS UP (EVEN IN TIMES OF CRISIS)? SELF-HELP | PSYCHOLOGY | PRACTICAL GUIDE Today, more than ever, we need to cultivate our joie de vivre, our joy of living. That isn’t easy though, in the current context of global crisis! Yet some people manage to keep their spirits up, without necessarily being […]

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The Five Parts of the World (Les Cinq parties du monde)

LITERARY FICTION On July 21, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin are about to walk on the moon. On a rainy night in Toulon, in the neighborhood of Little Chicago, two sailors – Petty Officer Christian Victor-Marie Duval and Victor Colbert, his cabin-boy called “Vichy-Menthe” – push the door of the Miami Bar. The […]

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What Is Philosophy? (Qu’est-ce que la philosophie?)

  PHILOSOPHY The question asked by this little book is quite plain: can we go beyond the acknowledgment of crisis and impotence that philosophy has been proclaiming for more than a century? Can we talk about science without an inferiority complex, about God without obscurantism, about existence without bar-room philosophizing, about politics without cynicism, and […]

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The New Soldiers of the Vatican (Les nouveaux soldats du Vatican)

ESSAY At times, it appears that Catholicism has succeeded in its aggiornamento. In this light, the John Paul II and Benedict XVI’s years look like the revenge against the intransigent Catholics. During two pontificates, they have become the new soldiers of the Vatican, to the detriment of older religious orders and, more than that, of […]

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The Philosopher and the Tyrant (Le philosophe et le tyran)

PHILOSOPHY According to Robert Musil, philosophers are violent human beings, who, for lack of having an army at their disposal, are submitting the world to themselves by locking it in a system. They sometimes even try to achieve their goals by becoming advisors of Princes. In this case, they are exposing themselves to painful frustrations […]

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The Yellow Window (La fenetre jaune)

THRILLER In the heart of the Californian desert, the former takeoff runway of the Air Force is, for some time, the place of strange events. People using it unfortunately tends to disappear; and their cars are found in an indescribable state, as if they had bump into an invisible monster pacing on the highway. And […]

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Absolute Security (Securite absolue)

THRILLER Alarming rumours spread on the Oasis, a luxurious Californian residence built near the Mohave Desert. Under the pretense of insuring the tenant‘s security, voyeurs install cameras and hidden microphones. It is said that all those who live there are the willing victims of this strange ritual. Is it a legend? Is it possible to live in […]

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The Knights of the Pyramid (Les cavaliers de la pyramide)

HISTORICAL THRILLER Antonus Crassus Samsala, organizer of the Circus games in Rome, learns from a dying gladiator the existence of a pyramid, still intact, in the heart of the desert. This pyramid filled of gold would have been swallowed up by a huge pocket of quicksand. In order to get there, it is necessary to […]

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The Clay Mask (Le masque d’argile)

HISTORICAL THRILLER In Imperial Rome, two mercenaries, a man and a woman expert in weapons, lead investigations… Soldiers, murderers, bodyguards, Shagan and Junia are all this. They‘ll have to face the powers of the darkness to solve the mysteries of a patrician villa where the most irrational events occur. Curse or plot? Difficult to know […]

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