Tim O'Brien

  • Tim O'Brien, jeune homme projeté malgré lui dans le tumulte de la guerre du Vietnam, tente, vingt ans après, d'exorciser les fantômes qui le hantent. Devenu écrivain, il se met lui-même en scène aux côtés de ses compagnons d'armes dont il fait, par la grâce d'un alliage subtil entre sa mémoire et son imaginaire, les acteurs et les victimes d'une guerre absurde. Fragments de vie et de mort, de courage et de lâcheté, de folie et de raison, ses histoires sont autant d'échappées poétiques qui oscillent entre passé et présent, et soulignent l'éternel besoin de l'individu de retrouver la flamme d'une innocence perdue.

  • Au bord du lac des Bois, en lisière des forêts profondes du Minnesota, John et Kathy Wade tentent de reprendre pied dans leur vie après l'échec cuisant de John aux élections sénatoriales.
    Un jour, Kathy ne revient pas d'une promenade sur le lac. Le canot n'est plus là. Noyade, enlèvement ? À moins qu'elle ne se soit enfuie pour refaire sa vie ? Les recherches s'intensifient, les hypothèses les plus troublantes abondent, et une enquête sur le passé de Wade s'impose. Mais lui, passionné de prestidigitation, ne s'est-il pas justement employé à effacer toute trace de certains chapitres de son existence ?

  • Tim O'Brien, jeune homme projeté malgré lui dans le tumulte d'un conflit sanglant, celui du Vietnam, tente, vingt ans après, d'exorciser les fantômes qui le hantent.
    Devenu écrivain, il se met en scène au côté de ses compagnons d'armes dont il fait, par la grâce d'un alliage subtil entre mémoire et imaginaire, les acteurs et les victimes d'une guerre absurde. Fragments de vie et de mort, de courage et de lâcheté, de folie et de raison, ses histoires sont autant d'échappées poétiques qui oscillent entre passé et présent et soulignent l'éternel besoin de l'individu de retrouver la flamme d'une innocence perdue.
    À propos de courage nous entraîne dans une méditation fracassante sur la guerre, la mémoire et le pouvoir de l'imagination. Un livre inoubliable.

  • Anglais THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

    Tim O'Brien

    A sequence of stories about the Vietnam War, this book also has the unity of a novel, with recurring characters and interwoven strands of plot and theme. It aims to summarize America's involvement in Vietnam, and her coming to terms with that experience in the years that followed.

  • A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.
    The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O'Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three.
    Taught everywhere--from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing--it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

  • Si je meurs au combat

    Tim O'Brien

    Relevant de la tradition des grands romans et films américains sur la Seconde Guerre mondiale, la guerre de Corée et celle du Vietnam (Les Nus et les morts de Mailer, Catch 22 de Joseph Heller, Abattoir 5 de Kurt Vonnegut, ou à l'écran Voyage au bout de l'enfer, Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket...), Si je meurs au combat est aujourd'hui considéré par la critique américaine comme un classique et comme l'un des meilleurs livres sur la guerre du Vietnam.
    Si je meurs au combat n'est pourtant pas un simple roman de guerre : il s'agit d'un ouvrage sur le coeur humain, sur le psychisme torturé d'un homme confronté à une situation abominable. Questionnement sur le courage, sur la lâcheté (« On n'était pas tous des lâches. Mais gagner la guerre, c'était pas notre unique vocation »), et aussi sur la peur, la culpabilité, la virilité, la morale, la justice, la pulsion de mort et la perversité humaine, Si je meurs au combat, qui s'inscrit à la fois dans les veines réaliste, existentialiste et absurde, est avant tout un ouvrage sur la condition humaine. Plutôt que de sombrer dans le silence et dans la folie, Tim O'Brien, le narrateur, décide de ne pas juger, mais de raconter son histoire. Traité pour la paix, contre la folie humaine, Si je meurs au combat est un ouvrage truffé d'explosions de violence et de perles d'humour (cet humour insoutenable du soldat confronté à ses angoisses, à sa propre mort). Un livre dont personne ne sortira intact.

  • Dépeint la classe moyenne américaine de la génération du baby-boom à travers les retrouvailles en 2000 des étudiants de la promotion 69 au Darton Hall College, dans le Minnesota. C'est l'occasion de confronter leur parcours de vie des trente dernières années.

  • Before writing his award-winning Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien gave us this intensely personal account of his year as a foot soldier in Vietnam. The author takes us with him to experience combat from behind an infantryman's rifle, to walk the minefields of My Lai, to crawl into the ghostly tunnels, and to explore the ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war gone terribly wrong. Beautifully written and searingly heartfelt, If I Die in a Combat Zone is a masterwork of its genre.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • "To call Going After Cacciato a novel about war is like calling Moby-Dick a novel about whales." So wrote The New York Times of Tim O'Brien's now classic novel of Vietnam. Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked this strangest of wars.
    In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing from and meeting the demands of battle, Going After Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately it's about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Originally published in 1975, Tim O'Brien's debut novel demonstrates the emotional complexity and enthralling narrative tension that later earned him the National Book Award. At its core is the relationship between two brothers: one who went to Vietnam and one who stayed at home. As the two brothers struggle against an unexpected blizzard in Minnesota's remote north woods, what they discover about themselves and each other will change both of them for ever.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • This in-depth yet highly accessible books provides compelling human stories that illuminate the thorny legal issues behind the most noteworthy capital cases. In 1969, the Supreme Court justices cast votes in secret that could have signaled the end of the death penalty. Later, the justices' resolve began to unravel. Why? What were the consequences for the rule of law and for the life at stake in the case? These are some of the fascinating questions answered in Murder at the Supreme Court. Veteran journalists Martin Clancy and Tim O'Brien not only pull back the curtain of secrecy that surrounds Supreme Court deliberations but also reveal the crucial links between landmark capital-punishment cases and the lethal crimes at their root. The authors take readers to crime scenes, holding cells, jury rooms, autopsy suites, and execution chambers to provide true-life reporting on vicious criminals and the haphazard judicial system that punishes them. The cases reported are truly "the cases that made the law." They have defined the parameters that judges must follow for a death sentence to stand up on appeal. Beyond the obvious questions regarding the dubious deterrent effect of capital punishment or whether retribution is sufficient justification for the death penalty (regardless of the heinous nature of the crimes committed), the cases and crimes examined in this book raise other confounding issues: Is lethal injection really more humane than other methods of execution? Should a mentally ill killer be forcibly medicated to make him "well enough" to be executed? How does the race of the perpetrator or the victim influence sentencing? Is heinous rape a capital crime? How young is too young to be executed?

  • Created in partnership with the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), this completely revised and updated new edition of Understanding Medical Education synthesizes the latest knowledge, evidence and best practice across the continuum of medical education. Written and edited by an international team, this latest edition continues to cover a wide range of subject matter within five broad areas - Foundations, Teaching and Learning, Assessment and Selection, Research and Evaluation, and Faculty and Learners - as well as featuring a wealth of new material, including new chapters on the science of learning, knowledge synthesis, and learner support and well-being. The third edition of Understanding Medical Education: Provides a comprehensive and authoritative resource summarizing the theoretical and academic bases to modern medical education practice Meets the needs of all newcomers to medical education whether undergraduate or postgraduate, including those studying at certificate, diploma or masters level Offers a global perspective on medical education from leading experts from across the world Providing practical guidance and exploring medical education in all its diversity, Understanding Medical Education continues to be an essential resource for both established educators and all those new to the field.

  • Essential tools and guidance for effective nonprofit financial management Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations provides students, professionals, and board members with a comprehensive reference for the field. Identifying key objectives and exploring current practices, this book offers practical guidance on all major aspects of nonprofit financial management. As nonprofit organizations fall under ever-increasing scrutiny and accountability, this book provides the essential knowledge and tools professional need to maintain a strong financial management system while serving the organization's stated mission. Financial management, cash flow, and financial sustainability are perennial issues, and this book highlights the concepts, skills, and tools that help organizations address those issues. Clear guidance on analytics, reporting, investing, risk management, and more comprise a singular reference that nonprofit finance and accounting professionals and board members should keep within arm's reach. Updated to reflect the post-recession reality and outlook for nonprofits, this new edition includes new examples, expanded tax-exempt financing material, and recession analysis that informs strategy going forward. Articulate the proper primary financial objective, target liquidity, and how it ensures financial health and sustainability Understand nonprofit financial practices, processes, and objectives Manage your organization's resources in the context of its mission Delve into smart investing and risk management best practices Manage liquidity, reporting, cash and operating budgets, debt and other liabilities, IP, legal risk, internal controls and more Craft appropriate financial policies Although the U.S. economy has recovered, recovery has not addressed the systemic and perpetual funding challenges nonprofits face year after year. Despite positive indicators, many organizations remain hampered by pursuit of the wrong primary financial objective, insufficient funding and a lack of investment in long-term sustainability; in this climate, financial managers must stay up-to-date with the latest tools, practices, and regulations in order to serve their organization's interests. Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations provides clear, in-depth reference and strategy for navigating the expanding financial management function.  

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