Number of page: 131
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008
Category: Social Science
In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the 43-year-old editor of French Elle, suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently paralyzed, a victim of “locked in syndrome.” Once known for his gregariousness and wit, Bauby now finds himself imprisoned in an inert body, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. The miracle is that in doing so he was able to compose this stunningly eloquent memoir.In a voice that is by turns wistful and mischievous, angry and sardonic, Bauby gives us a celebration of the liberating power of consciousness: what it is like to spend a day with his children, to imagine lying in bed beside his wife, to conjure up the flavor of delectable meals even as he is fed through at tube. Most of all, this triumphant book lets us witness an indomitable spirit and share in the pure joy of its own survival.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly In 1995, JeanDominique Bauby was the editorinchief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44yearold man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem. After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned
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LibraryThing Review To dictate a book entirely by blinking one eye is an astonishing feat in itself. To dictate one this good is just shy of a miracle. Our world owes a significant debt of gratitude to Claude Mendibil for helping Mr Bauby set his words free.
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Luz de noviembre, por la tarde: Narrativa autobiográfica
Cómo aceptar la enfermedad y sobre todo la muerte de un ser querido Al igual que Diario del hombre pálido del también pamplonés Juan Gracia Armendáriz libro con gran acogida en sus tres ediciones por el colectivo médico y sanitario y lo más importante los pacientes Luz de noviembre por la tarde resuelve con brillantez esos momentos tristes e intensos que a algunos nos toca vivir Sin ninguna amargura sólo con la melancolía que el lector es capaz de sonsacar la prosa de Laporte nos conduce con gran valor por el último año de vida de su padre con el añadido del reciente fallecimiento de su madre sin manipulaciones sentimentales limitándose a describir hechos y con las pausas de sus propias reflexiones la mayoría de las veces desplazables a otros casos similares Una obra autobiográfica que merece la pena por su calidad literaria y porque más de uno encontrará en este libro la historia indirecta que le ayude a superar la propiaSOBRE EL AUTOR Pamplona en 1979 De padre francés y madre navarra Eduardo Laporte es periodista especializado en cultura y colabora en algunos de los suplementos culturales más leídos Ha entrevistado a escritores como Carol Joyce Oates Herta Müller o Julio Llamazares Reside en Madrid desde 2005 donde escribió Luz de noviembre por la tarde Ha publicado además Postales del náufrago digital Prames 2008 una recopilación de las entradas de su blog en el que se cuela con ingenio por los pliegues de lo cotidiano EXTRACTOMediodía de octubre Sol fresco en Madrid Como el protagonista de La noche del oráculo de Paul Auster busco mi propio Palacio de Papel para hacerme con uno de esos cuadernos que dan alas a la escritura En una calle que desemboca en Tirso de Molina he encontrado el mejor soporte para estas letras para este comienzo de curso un cuaderno Clairefontaine con tapas color cartón con arrugas como la piel de un sofá de cuero Por dentro blanco nuclear Ahora solo hace falta mancharlo de imágenes más o menos bellas reales sinceras quién sabe con qué grado de desnudez Veo en los monitores del metro a un actor Daniel Craig al que le asignan el papel de su vida serás el próximo James Bond a pesar de lo rubio de tu pelo Ya está decidido Bond tiene cara nuevo cuerpo todo está preparado el traje impecable el vodka con Martini agitado pero no revuelto Lo más difícil está hecho Es el momento de asumir el personaje sus andares las formas introducir nuevos gestos darle carácter interpretarlo Ya tengo papel ahora hay que llevarlo a escena
A Partisan View: Five Decades in the Politics of Literature
Since its founding in 1937 Partisan Review has been one of the most important and culturally influential journals in America Under the legendary editorship of William Phillips and Philip Rahv Partisan Review began as a publication of the John Reed Club but soon broke away to establish itself as a free voice of critical dissent As such it counteracted the inroads of cultural Stalinism and took up the fight for aesthetic modernism at a time when the latter was fiercely contested by both the political left and the right In A Partisan View William Phillips gives a vivid account of his own part in the magazine s eventful history As the magazine s current editor Edith Kurzweil notes in her new introduction many of the literary and political disagreements that famously marked Partisan Review s history originated in the editors initial adherence to a program of radical politics and avant gardism Although this proved increasingly unworkable Phillips and Rahv even from the outset never allowed sectarian narrowness to determine the magazine s contents Over the decades Partisan Review published work by authors as far from radicalism as T S Eliot and Wallace Stevens or from Marxist orthodoxy as Albert Camus and George Orwell In literature its contributors were as stylistically and intellectually varied as Saul Bellow Vladimir Nabokov Robert Lowell and Isaac Bashevis Singer In short Partisan Review featured the best fiction poetry and essays of the 1940s and postwar decades Beyond its literary preeminence Partisan Review was famed as the most representative journal of the New York Intellectuals Much of the quality of Partisan Review came from Phillips own broad culture cosmopolitanism and intellectual tolerance As Edith Kurzweil writes he kept trying to find a category of criticism that might enable us all to better come to grips with the complexities of our ever changing world Now in paperback A Partisan View will be of keen interest to intellectual historians as well as literary scholars William Phillips 1907 2002 was one of the founding editors of Partisan Review and served as editor in chief from the late 1960s He was the author of A Sense of the Present Edith Kurzweil is the editor of Partisan Review She is the author of many essays on American and European culture and of The Freudians and The Age of Structuralism both available from Transaction
Front-page Women Journalists, 1920-1950
During a time when female reporters were almost always relegated to the society and women s pages of the newspapers a few hundred notable women broke barriers and wrote their way onto the front pages of metropolitan newspapers Front Page Women Journalists 1920 1950 takes a look at the lives and careers of women who worked successfully in this male dominated profession ø Kathleen A Cairns examines the roles women played in early twentieth century newspaper journalism and the influence they had on future generations of newspaperwomen through the examples of Agness Underwood Charlotta Bass and Ruth Finney Each of these front page women faced her own challenges whether in regard to class race or gender To get to the newsroom and to stay there they had to craft subtle clever and exhausting strategies They had to be tough but compassionate deferential yet independent tenacious but also gracious Most important they could never openly challenge larger cultural assumptions about gender or suggest that they sought to advance the status of all women as well as themselves In spite of these challenges front page women played a significant role in reshaping public perceptions about women s roles ø The public nature of journalism gave these women a large audience and a prominent stage on which to act out new professional identities Their audience witnessed them traipsing through war zones debating politics and gaining scoops on high profile criminal cases The women viewed themselves as path breakers although they rarely openly acknowledged it Between the lines however they suggested that they understood how important their success was to future generations of women They quietly mentored other young female reporters paved the way for the eventual admission of women into the all male press clubs and opened up more career opportunities for women
Claude McKay: A Black Poet’s Struggle for Identity
The 1920s witnessed an extraordinary flowering of literary and artistic creativity among African Americans Critics hailed the emergence of a New Negro who took pride in the black race and its African heritage and whose writings exposed and attacked discrimination explored black folk culture and strove to create a unique African American literature Yet for all its vitality the cultural movement best known as the Harlem Renaissance was fraught with tensions between the ideal of Africa and the reality of America between the lure of a romanticized rural past and the demands of an alien urban present between the need to affirm the uniqueness of black culture and the desire to achieve acceptance by the majority white culture Perhaps more than any other Harlem Renaissance figure Claude McKay embodied these contradictory impulses The paradox of Claude McKay cannot be reduced to any simple formula He was at once an enfant terrible who took pride in the Negro s cultural heritage and an intellectual who strove for acceptance in predominantly white circles He was a radical intent on transforming his adopted county who nevertheless left the United States temporarily for the Soviet Union Yet these tensions as this book strives to show cannot simply be ascribed to personal or psychological problems ultimately they were rooted in the ambiguous social and cultural position of the black artist and political radical of the early twentieth century