« Voici bientôt soixante ans que je parcours l’Arctique, du Groenland à la Sibérie, ses immenses déserts glacés habités par des sociétés ancestrales au destin héroïque.Adressée aux citoyens du grand Nord, cette lettre est un cri d’alarme : Résistez mes amis ! En n’acceptant l’exploitation des richesses pétrolières et minières de l’Arctique qu’avec votre sagesse. L’Occident est mauvais et nous avons besoin de vous. Le matérialisme nous conduit à notre perte.Puisse le citoyen inuit de 2022 voir le rêve des explorateurs se réaliser : un pôle non pollué où règnera un humanisme écologique. Il est urgent de reconnaître la prescience des peuples premiers et de prendre enfin humblement conscience que leur volonté obstinée de respecter cette nature ne fait pas d’eux des retardataires, mais des précurseurs. Telle est la force de leur pensée sauvage. » Né en 1922 à Mayence, géo-ethno-historien, président et fondateur de la célèbre collection « Terre Humaine » aux éditions Plon, Jean Malaurie est le premier homme à atteindre en traîneaux à chiens le pôle géomagnétique Nord le 29 mai 1951. En 1990, il a révélé, après l’archéologue Serge Aroutiounov, l’Allée des baleines, le Stonehenge de la Sibérie, en Tchoukotka.Ce vibrant appel est celui d’un ambassadeur de bonne volonté de l’Arctique à l’Unesco qui observe, avec un regard angoissé, la disparition d’une part de l’intelligence humaine et de ses mystères.
German travellers, explorers, missionaries and scholars produced significant new knowledge about the Arctic in Europe and elsewhere from the 17th until the 19th century. However, until now, no English-language study or collective volume has been dedicated to their representations of the Arctic. Possibly due to linguistic barriers, this corpus has not been sufficiently taken into account in transnational and circumpolar approaches to the fast-growing field of Arctic Studies. This volume serves to heighten awareness about the importance of these writings in view of the history of the Far North. The chapters gathered here offer critical readings of manuscripts and publications, including travelogues, natural histories of the Arctic, newspaper articles and scholarly texts based on first-hand observations, as well as works of fiction. The sources are considered in their historical context, as political, religious, social, economic and cultural aspects are discussed in relation to discourses about the Arctic in general. The volume opens with a spirited preface by Professor Jean Malaurie, France’s most distinguished Arctic specialist and author of The Last Kings of Thule (1955).
Account of author's life with the Thule Eskimos, northwest Greenland, 1950-51. Library also has French edition (Paris: Union generale d'editions, 1965) and first English translation (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1956).
"Ultima Thule" is the terrible and yet fantastic story of European and American exploration in the polar north. The book brings to life both sides of the clash that arose when white men arrived in the Far North. Heavily illustrated with period photos, engravings, artifacts, and drawings. 650 photos.
"At the margins of the floes, where their ragged edges have come into grinding contact, the ice is piled up into ridges. These are the hummocks," writes Jean Malaurie.
The popularization of yoga and meditation, public curiosity about shamanism, and the recent craze for kabbalah all demonstrate the rising appeal of these religious resources in western contemporary societies. What is it about them that fascinates the Westerns who take the classes and join the centers? Religious exoticism implies a deeply ambivalent relationship to otherness and to religion itself: traditional religious teachings are uprooted and fragmented in order to be appropriated as practical methods for personal growth. As a consequence, religious exoticism tells us as much about the ways in which religious resources are disseminated globally as it does about the construction of the self in contemporary societies. From Yoga to Kabbalah explores how these exotic" religious resources cross cultural boundaries and become global, what makes them appealing in western societies, and how they are instrumentalized and for what purposes. Veronique Altglas uses the two case studies of the Hindu-based movements in France and Britain since the mid-1990s, and the Kabbalah Centre in France, Britain, Brazil and Israel. She draws upon major qualitative and cross-cultural empirical investigations to conceptualize religious exoticism and offer a nuanced and in-depth understanding of its contemporary significance. Ultimately, the book enhances understanding of the globalization of religion (how religions are disseminated transnationally), syncretism and bricolage (how religions are modified through cultural encounters), and of religious life in neoliberal societies (how contemporary forms of religiosity reflects core features of contemporary social life)."
This is a reprint of the 1940 first-contact Sci Fi classic short story that inspired the two movies titled "The Day the Earth Stood Still." The story differs in many ways from both movies. This is the only annotated paperback available of the story by Harry Bates.
Inspired by Native American folklore, the arrival of the sounds and sights of geese flying overhead means that winter is over and summer will be just around the corner.
Ada was born with one foot on the other side. Having prayed her into existence, her parents Saul and Saachi struggle to deal with the volatile and contradictory spirits peopling their troubled girl. When Ada comes of age and heads to college, the entities within her grow in power and agency. An assault leads to a crystallization of her selves: As?ghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves - now protective, now hedonistic - seize control of Ada, her life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction. Narrated from the perspectives of the various selves within Ada, and based in the author's realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and being. Feeling explodes through the language of this scalding novel, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.
When a devastating storm swells the Tennessee River to dam-breaking levels, panic rises. With then gushing waters came a tide of animated corpses: twenty-nine victims of a long-ago slaughter are patrolling the banks, dragging the living down to a muddy grave. No one remembers how they died, and no one knows what they want. Now reluctant medium Eden Moore must dredge up secrets about a long-buried crime that continues to be covered up, before the zombie army can add hundreds more to their ghastly ranks.
This darkly gothic collection of stories explores the unsettlingborderland between reality and the supernatural.Ranging from early twentieth-century France to 1960s South Wales and contemporary Europe, Jo Mazelis singular vision and poetic language creates characters caught upinevents and feelings they do not fullyunderstandor control, giving the book itsuncannyfocus. Not all is as it seemsina world where first impressions may only conceal disguises and false trails - and there's no going back. "
One night at bedtime, Rory's mother tells him about the "magic sky." The little polar bear is so excited to see it. But how long will he have to wait? The magic sky that Rory sees is a real phenomenon called the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights) and can be seen in the Arctic and far northern hemisphere.
"Why is a life saved from a terrorist attack worth two saved from a natural disaster? Why are women more valuable than ever? Why do Americans tip when Europeans don't? And how can orange juice be used to predict the weather? i>i>The Price of Everything starts with a simple premise- behind every decision we make lies a price, whether we're buying a cup of coffee, taking a new job, or deciding to become a parent. Prices are the invisible thread that connect and explain our society, culture, economy, successes and failures. Revealing connections that are ingenious and unexpected, Eduardo Porter shows just how fundamental the price of things, work, happiness, faith, family and the future is - both to our everyday lives and to civilisation as we know it."
A young woman from Montreal follows the geese to the Inuit North in this deeply felt witnessing of contemporary Aboriginal life, as shaped by decades of colonial rule and government neglect. Having worked in the North for years, Juliana L�veill�-Trudel's account of the Indigenous experience offers a portrait of a valiant people undaunted by institutionalized racism, but in many cases broken by domestic violence, and corrupted by corporate mining and the presence of temporary workers up for the summer from the South in search of big paycheques. Delivered across two searing monologues, Nirliit is a testament to a people's perseverance as much as it is an apology by those who inflicted those circumstances upon them. L�veill�-Trudel courageously transcends the borders between historical divisions to make a meaningful individual connection.
This tale of wild adventure reveals the dashed hopes of Africans living between worlds. When Moki returns to his village from France wearing designer clothes and affecting all the manners of a Frenchman, Massala-Massala, who lives the life of a humble peanut farmer after giving up his studies, begins to dream of following in Moki’s footsteps. Together, the two take wing for Paris, where Massala-Massala finds himself a part of an underworld of out-of-work undocumented immigrants. After a botched attempt to sell metro passes purchased with a stolen checkbook, he winds up in jail and is deported. Blue White Red is a novel of postcolonial Africa where young people born into poverty dream of making it big in the cities of their former colonial masters. Alain Mabanckou's searing commentary on the lives of Africans in France is cut with the parody of African villagers who boast of a son in the country of Digol.