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Blood Meridian

Blood Meridian ebook ISBN: 9780307762528
Publisher: Vintage
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Number of Pages: 368 
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"The fulfilled renown of Moby-Dick and of As I Lay Dying is augmented by Blood Meridian, since Cormac McCarthy is the worthy disciple both of Melville and Faulkner," writes esteemed literary scholar Harold Bloom in his Introduction to the Modern Library edition. "I venture that no other living American novelist, not even Pynchon, has given us a book as strong and memorable." Cormac McCarthy's masterwork, Blood Meridian, chronicles the brutal world of the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the mid-nineteenth century. Its wounded hero, the teenage Kid, must confront the extraordinary violence of the Glanton gang, a murderous cadre on an official mission to scalp Indians and sell those scalps. Loosely based on fact, the novel represents a genius vision of the historical West, one so fiercely realized that since its initial publication in 1985 the canon of American literature has welcomed Blood Meridian to its shelf. "A classic American novel of regeneration through violence," declares Michael Herr. "McCarthy can only be compared to our greatest writers." From the Hardcover edition.

Blood Meridian, Or, The Evening Redness in the West

Blood Meridian, Or, The Evening Redness in the West ebook ISBN: 0679641041
Publisher: Modern Library (Hardcover)
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Number of Pages: 337 
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Based on incidents that took place in the southwestern United States and Mexico around 1850, this novel chronicles the crimes of a band of desperados, with a particular focus on one outlaw, known as "the Kid," a boy of fourteen. 15,000 first printing.

Blood Meridian

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Bogen, der kaldes forfatterens hovedværk. En voldelig western-roman, der foregår omkring 1850 på grænsen mellem Texas og Mexico og følger the Kid fra han som 15-årig skalperer indianere og ca. 30 år frem og hans modstander den forfærdelige Judge Holden - en skurk af shakespearesk format.

Blood Meridian, Or, The Evening Redness in the West

Blood Meridian, Or, The Evening Redness in the West ebook ISBN: 9780394544823
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Number of Pages: 337 
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Based on incidents that took place in the southwestern United States and Mexico around 1850, this novel chronicles the crimes of a band of desperados, with a particular focus on one, "the kid," a boy of fourteen

Blood Meridian

Blood Meridian ebook ISBN: 9786133804012
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Author: Frederic P. Miller,Agnes F. Vandome,McBrewster John
Number of Pages: 84 
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West, is a 1985 Western novel by American author Cormac McCarthy. It was McCarthy's fifth book and was published by Random House. The narrative follows a teenage runaway referred to only as the kid, with the bulk of the text devoted to his experiences with the Glanton gang, a historical group of scalp hunters who massacred Indians and others on the United StatesMexico borderlands in 1849 and 1850. The role of antagonist is gradually filled by Judge Holden, an extremely large and intelligent man utterly devoted to violence and conflict. Although the novel initially earned lukewarm critical and commercial reception, it has since become widely recognized not only as McCarthy's masterpiece, but also as one of the acclaimed American novels of the 20th century.

Un enfant de Dieu

Un enfant de Dieu ebook ISBN: 9782020309608
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Author: Cormac McCarthy
Number of Pages: 169 
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C'est sans doute son innocence monstrueuse qui fait du héros de Cormac McCarthy un serial killer d'une espèce singulière, dont on accompagne presque malgré soi la descente aux enfers, de la misérable maison où il vit à l'écart du monde aux grottes où il entrepose les cadavres de ses victimes. Il est difficile d'imaginer plus grand dénuement, plus périlleuse inconscience et, surtout, plus terrible solitude. Inspiré d'un fait divers, Un enfant de Dieu prend en charge l'univers étrange des passions contre nature et, par-delà le bien et le mal, questionne les liens qu'entretiennent la révolte, la sexualité, le bonheur et la dépravation dans un requiem hallucinant, en exacte résonance avec nos pires inquiétudes.

Retour à Matterhorn

Retour à Matterhorn ebook ISBN: 2702151922
Publisher: Calmann-Lévy
Author: Karl Marlantes
Number of Pages: 610 
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Dire une guerre aussi controversée que celle du Vietnam n’est pas aisé : à s’en tenir aux « faits », on risque de tomber dans la répétition infi nie de scènes de batailles ou de corvées. Quant à faire de ce qui se résume à tuer l’ennemi un récit héroïque, c’est aplatir la réalité sous le grandiose. Et la réalité de la Compagnie Bravo dirigée par le jeune lieutenant Mellas n’a rien d’excitant. Prendre la colline de Matterhorn et la fortifier pour résister à l’armée nord-vietnamienne, puis devoir l’abandonner pour exécuter une autre tâche, sans munitions et nourriture suffisantes, et devoir la réinvestir ensuite, telle est l’aventure absurde narrée dans ce roman que la critique américaine unanime met sur le même plan que Les Nus et les Morts, À l’Ouest, rien de nouveau et Catch-22. Ce que vivent ces « gamins » noirs et blancs pour la première fois intégrés dans le même corps des marines est tout à la fois terrifiant, héroïque, cruel, vain, tendre, ridicule, absurde, désespérant et sublime. Qu’ils marchent dans une jungle infestée de tigres et de sangsues, s’enfoncent dans leurs trous de combat boueux ou, pris de racisme ou de folie meurtrière, commettent l’irréparable, ils fascinent le lecteur tant la rigueur du récit est sans faille. « Chapitre après chapitre, bataille après bataille, Marlantes pousse le lecteur dans ce qui est peut-être le roman le plus profond et dévastateur à être jamais sorti sur la guerre du Vietnam. C’est moins un livre qu’un déploiement, et l’on n’en sort pas indemne. » The New York Times « Roman le plus sensationnel de l’année, Retour à Matterhorn de Karl Marlantes dit le combat de toute une vie contre les démons du souvenir, de la conscience et du deuil. Exceptionnel. » The Observer

Suttree

Suttree ebook ISBN: 9782020309622
Publisher: Contemporary French Fiction
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Number of Pages: 619 
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Le Sud américain, dans les années cinquante. Aux marges de la société, l'alcoolisme et la misère se répandent. Sorti de prison, considéré comme un raté par sa famille, Suttree vit tant bien que mal sur les berges de la rivière Tennessee, dans la banlieue de Knoxville. A travers ses errances, ce sont les voix de tous les laissés-pour-compte de la société américaine qui se font entendre. Celles des repris de justice, des vieux paysans désabusés, des chômeurs de tous bords, des prêtres évangélistes ou des clochards qui sillonnent les routes. Des voix qui donnent à ce roman, auquel Cormac MacCarthy a travaillé pendant près de vingt ans, une force et une émotion extraordinaires.

La faiblesse de Dieu

La faiblesse de Dieu ebook ISBN: 2830950844
Publisher: Labor et Fides
Author: John D. Caputo
Number of Pages: 456 
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John D. Caputo, éminent philosophe contemporain américain de la religion, pose la question des représentations usuelles de la « puissance », voire de l' «omnipotence » de Dieu, et à l'inverse de sa faiblesse. John D. Caputo fait le choix de la « faiblesse » divine, en rediscutant la théologie de l'apôtre Paul, mais aussi en relisant Derrida, qui parlait de « force faible » et d'un dieu ou d'un événement qui viendrait « sans souveraineté ». Le Créateur omnipotent devient celui qui risque quelque chose, malgré la menace du mal intrinsèque au créé, et qui regrette bientôt ce risque. Dans un style inimitable, où affleurent l'humour et l'iconoclasme de l'auteur, cet ouvrage pose des questions centrales sur la possibilité d'un « Dieu faible » et d'un renversement de la notion même de « Dieu » qui intéresseront bien au-delà des cercles théologiques.

Outremonde

Outremonde ebook ISBN: 2330099835
Publisher: Éditions Actes Sud
Author: Don DeLillo
Number of Pages: 882 
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Du base-ball à la bombe atomique, ce roman monumental en huit parties dissèque les terribles peurs et les émotions du peuple américain, de l'après-guerre au troisième millénaire.

Cormac McCarthy in Transformacija Žanrov

Cormac McCarthy in Transformacija Žanrov ebook ISBN:
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Author: Kristjan Mavri
Number of Pages: 305 
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In this doctoral thesis, entitled Cormac McCarthy and Genre Transformation, I investigate the relationship between the novels of contemporary American author Cormac McCarthy and literary genre. In investigating this relationship, I attempt to give insight into McCarthy's practice of using genre to articulate and confirm a complex of ideas from different fictional and historical angles. Chapter one proposes a concept of literary genre informed by work done in the field of cognitive linguistics by Eleanor Rosch, George Lakoff and others. Rather than traditional category structure, where categories form discrete entities characterized by a set of attributes shared by all members equally, genres can be described as having a prototype structure. That is, genres are not homogenous; they have more and less representative members and permeable borders. Texts in a genre need not share the same set of attributes, but can be linked by family resemblance. We judge genre membership on the basis of exemplars-texts that best represent the genre as a whole. The incongruence between the expectations based on such typical examples and what we encounter gives rise to prototypicality effects. Furthermore, chapter one applies George Lakoff's explanation for prototype effects, namely, his concept of idealized cognitive models, to generic categorization. Such an understanding of genre, which lays out the ways whereby writers and readers use genre rather than some formal system of logic, is well suited to McCarthy's innovative work in Southern Gothic, Western and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction. Chapter two addresses the features of the Southern Gothic, a genre of American literature set in the U.S. South which typically uses the grotesque, dark humor, character deformity, extreme violence, sacrilege and perversion to say something about the Southern social reality or the human condition more generally. McCarthy's first four novels, The Orchard Keeper, Outer Dark, Child of God and Suttree, are then read in terms of how they are similar to and different from the exemplars of the Southern Gothic, primarily works by Flannery O'Connor, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers. Chapter three looks at the Western tradition in American literature and its ideological engagement with the myth of the West. McCarthy's Westerns, Blood Meridian: or The Evening Redness in the West, All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain and No Country for Old Men, are characterized by their mythoclastic treatment of the ideas iv the Western has traditionally articulated, such as American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny. At the same time, McCarthy's Western works demonstrate more prominently the author's growing predilection for embodying certain universal ideas, such as the relationship between agency and fate, the existence of a transcendent realm, the role of narrative in human life, the problem of evil, in specific generic and historic contexts. Chapter four analyzes the structure of post-apocalyptic fiction and the ways in which it has allowed generations of writers and readers to project apocalyptic futures based on historically contingent anxieties and fantasies. McCarthy's The Road adds to the existing genre model a singularly bleak representation of natural and social collapse, which the author redeems through an intimate love story between a nameless father and son, whose grim struggle for survival in a dying world becomes a philosophical existential quest for meaning and hope in a hollowed-out world. The concluding chapter synthesizes the findings of the preceding chapters, arguing McCarthy uses generic frameworks in ways that facilitate his, more or less consistent, inquiries into the metaphysical, epistemological, religious and moral mysteries of human existence and creation itself.

The Pastoral Vision of Cormac McCarthy

The Pastoral Vision of Cormac McCarthy ebook ISBN: 9781585443413
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Author: Georg Guillemin
Number of Pages: 184 
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Georg Guillemin’s visionary approach to the work of Western novelist Cormac McCarthy combines an overall survey of McCarthy’s eight novels in print with a comprehensive analysis of the author’s evolving ecopastoralism. Using in-depth textual interpretations, Guillemin argues that even McCarthy’s early work is characterized less by traditional nostalgia for a lost pastoral order than by a radically egalitarian land ethic that prefigures today’s ecopastoral tendencies in Western American writing. The study shows that more than any of the other landscapes evoked by McCarthy, the Southwestern desert becomes the stage for his dramatizations of a wild sense of the pastoral. McCarthy’s fourth novel, Suttree, which is the only one set inside an urban environment, is used in the introductory chapter to discuss the relevant compositional aspects of his fiction and the methodology of the chapters to come. The main part of the study devotes chapters to McCarthy’s Southern novels, his keystone work Blood Meridian, and the Western novels known as the Border Trilogy. The concluding chapter discusses the broader context of American pastoralism and suggests that McCarthy’s ecopastoralism is animistic rather than environmentalist in character. Guillemin shows that the very popular Border Trilogy takes McCarthy’s ecopastoralism to its culmination, although this is often overlooked precisely because of the simplicity of the plots—picaresque quests. As the trilogy arranges its plots as a search for a life of pastoral harmony (All the Pretty Horses), envisions a nomadic version of pastoral (The Crossing), and experiences the foreclosure of the pastoral vision anywhere (Cities of the Plain), the trilogy as a whole tacitly acknowledges the obsolescence of utopian pastoralism. Increasingly, man ceases to be the dominant focus of narration, so that the shift from an egocentric to an ecocentric sense of self marks both the heroes and narrators of McCarthy’s novels.

Notes on Blood Meridian

Notes on Blood Meridian ebook ISBN: 0292718209
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Author: John Sepich
Number of Pages: 216 
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Blood Meridian (1985), Cormac McCarthy’s epic tale of an otherwise nameless “kid” who in his teens joins a gang of licensed scalp hunters whose marauding adventures take place across Texas, Chihuahua, Sonora, Arizona, and California during 1849 and 1850, is widely considered to be one of the finest novels of the Old West, as well as McCarthy’s greatest work. The New York Times Book Review ranked it third in a 2006 survey of the “best work of American fiction published in the last twenty-five years,” and in 2005 Time chose it as one of the 100 best novels published since 1923. Yet Blood Meridian’s complexity, as well as its sheer bloodiness, makes it difficult for some readers. To guide all its readers and help them appreciate the novel’s wealth of historically verifiable characters, places, and events, John Sepich compiled what has become the classic reference work, Notes on BLOOD MERIDIAN. Tracing many of the nineteenth-century primary sources that McCarthy used, Notes uncovers the historical roots of Blood Meridian. Originally published in 1993, Notes remained in print for only a few years and has become highly sought-after in the rare book market, with used copies selling for hundreds of dollars. In bringing the book back into print to make it more widely available, Sepich has revised and expanded Notes with a new preface and two new essays that explore key themes and issues in the work. This amplified edition of Notes on BLOOD MERIDIAN is the essential guide for all who seek a fuller understanding and appreciation of McCarthy’s finest work.

Fonctions du Cliché : du Banal à la Violence

Fonctions du Cliché : du Banal à la Violence ebook ISBN: 2869064756
Publisher: Presses universitaires François-Rabelais
Author: Claudine Raynaud
Number of Pages: 201 
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The first meaning of the word "cliché" is "positive": in typography a cliché is a metal plate upon which an image is reproduced in relief. In photography, however, cliché is a "negative" and, indeed, its most current acceptation is that of commonplace, banality, cultural stereotype, repetition. It makes reproduction possible and authorizes it. Bearing the positive and negative poles in mind, together with the dynamic of their potential inversion, one arrives at the core of the concept of cliché. The aim of the conference was to look at the various forms of manifestation of the cliché as well as the roles played by the cliché in discourse and text, while attending to the relations of the commonplace with banality and violence. As such, it was a logical follow up on our previous reflexion on cultural, historical and textual breaking points ("Usure et rupture").

Exploding the Western

Exploding the Western ebook ISBN: 9781585444229
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Author: Sara L. Spurgeon
Number of Pages: 184 
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The frontier and Western expansionism are so quintessentially a part of American history that the literature of the West and Southwest is in some senses the least regional and the most national literature of all. The frontier—the place where cultures meet and rewrite themselves upon each other’s texts—continues to energize writers whose fiction evokes, destroys, and rebuilds the myth in ways that attract popular audiences and critics alike. Sara L. Spurgeon focuses on three writers whose works not only exemplify the kind of engagement with the theme of the frontier that modern authors make, but also show the range of cultural voices that are present in Southwestern literature: Cormac McCarthy, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Ana Castillo. Her central purposes are to consider how the differing versions of the Western “mythic” tales are being recast in a globalized world and to examine the ways in which they challenge and accommodate increasingly fluid and even dangerous racial, cultural, and international borders. In Spurgeon’s analysis, the spaces in which the works of these three writers collide offer some sharply differentiated visions but also create new and unsuspected forms, providing the most startling insights. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes tragic, the new myths are the expressions of the larger culture from which they spring, both a projection onto a troubled and troubling past and an insistent, prophetic vision of a shared future.

Animals in the Fiction of Cormac McCarthy

Animals in the Fiction of Cormac McCarthy ebook ISBN: 0786423803
Publisher: McFarland
Author: Wallis R. Sanborn, III
Number of Pages: 200 
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"The first chapter here examines animal presentations in The Stonemason, The Gardener's Son and two short stories, "Bounty" and "The Dark Waters." The following eight chapters focus on one text, one type of animal--feline, swine, bovine, bird and bat, canine, equine, lupine, and hound-and one particular thesis"--Provided by publisher.

The American Novel of War

The American Novel of War ebook ISBN: 0786492708
Publisher: McFarland
Author: Wallis R. Sanborn, III
Number of Pages: 242 
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In song, verse, narrative, and dramatic form, war literature has existed for nearly all of recorded history. Accounts of war continue to occupy American bestseller lists and the stacks of American libraries. This innovative work establishes the American novel of war as its own sub-genre within American war literature, creating standards by which such works can be classified and critically and popularly analyzed. Each chapter identifies a defining characteristic, analyzes existing criticism, and explores the characteristic in American war novels of record. Topics include violence, war rhetoric, the death of noncombatants, and terrain as an enemy.

The Spaces of Violence

The Spaces of Violence ebook ISBN: 0817315020
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Author: James Giles
Number of Pages: 209 
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Probes the interrelationship of violence and space in 10 contemporary American novels. James R. Giles examines 10 novels for the unique ways they explore violence and space as interrelated phenomena. These texts are Russell Banks’s Affliction, Cormac McCarthy’s Outer Dark and Child of God, Lewis Nordan’s Wolf Whistle, Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Don DeLillo’s End Zone, Denis Johnson’s Angels, Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer, Robert Stone’s Dog Soldiers, and Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho. These stories take place in settings as diverse as small towns, college campuses, suburbs, the brokerage houses and luxury apartments of Wall Street, football stadiums, Appalachian hills, and America’s no-man’s-land of Greyhound bus stations and highways. Violence, Giles finds, is mythological and ritual in many of these novels, whereas it is treated as systemic and naturalistic in others. Giles locates each of the novels he studies on a continuum from the mythological to the naturalistic and argues that they represent a fourthspace at the margins of physical, social, and psychological space, a territory at the cultural borders of the mainstream. These textual spaces are so saturated with violence that they suggest little or no potential for change and affirmation and are as degraded as the physical, social, and mental spaces out of which they emerge.A concluding chapter extends the focus of The Spaces of Violence to texts by Jane Smiley, Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, and Chuck Palahniuk, who treat the destructive effects of violence on family structures.

A Companion to American Gothic

A Companion to American Gothic ebook ISBN: 1118608429
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Author: Charles L. Crow
Number of Pages: 616 
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A Companion to American Gothic features a collection of original essays that explore America’s gothic literary tradition. The largest collection of essays in the field of American Gothic Contributions from a wide variety of scholars from around the world The most complete coverage of theory, major authors, popular culture and non-print media available

Intertextual and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cormac McCarthy

Intertextual and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cormac McCarthy ebook ISBN: 1136636064
Publisher: Routledge
Author: Nicholas Monk
Number of Pages: 208 
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This collection offers a fresh approach to the work of Cormac McCarthy, one of the most important contemporary American authors. Essays focus on his work across the genres and/or in constellation with other writers and artists, presenting not only a different "angle" on the work, but setting him within a broader literary and artistic context. Such an approach offers a view of McCarthy that is strikingly different to previous collections that have dealt with the work in an almost exclusively "single author" and/or "single genre" mode. McCarthy’s novels are increasingly regarded as amongst the most rich, the most complex, and the most insightful of all recent literary responses to prevailing conditions in both the USA and beyond, and this collection recognizes the intertextual and interdisciplinary nature of his work. Contributors draw back the curtain on some of McCarthy’s literary ancestors, revealing and analyzing some of the fiction’s key contemporary intertexts, and showing a complex and previously underestimated hinterland of influence. In addition, they look beyond the novel both to other genres in McCarthy’s oeuvre, and to the way these genres have influenced McCarthy’s writing.