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“An Endless War” by Jean-Pierre Perrin, in the heart of Syrian darkness
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“An Endless War” by Jean-Pierre Perrin, in the heart of Syrian darkness

Endless warJean-Pierre PerrinRivages Noir, 304 p., 20 €Without preamble, Joan-Manuel, overwhelmed by the abuse and torture suffered, sets out towards the Turkish border and freedom. One step after another, all in pain, he sets the pace. The narratives of two other protagonists follow in canon, including Jean Pierre Perrin, a great reporter and specialist in the Middle East, mingling the voices with that of the first, in this novel.→ READ. In ten years, the war in Syria has killed nearly 500,000 peopleOne is on the trail of a former Nazi criminal, the other is looking for an American kidnapped in Iraq. In pursuit of ghosts or in search of redemption, the three men have this war in common. The intimate trajectories of their journey crisscross and mark out, between ficti...
“Yes to life” by Viktor E. Frankl: confidences on the meaning of existence
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“Yes to life” by Viktor E. Frankl: confidences on the meaning of existence

Yes to lifeby Victor E. FranklTranslated from English by Louise SassevilleLes Éditions de l'Homme, 126 p., € 16« Tsay yes to life ("Yes to life, despite everything"): the original title of this collection of lectures by Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) suggests, better than its French version, the misfortune in whose shadow they were written. Their author, born in Vienna in 1905, Jewish psychiatrist, was a prisoner for three years in Auschwitz, Dachau and other Nazi concentration camps. There he lost his parents and his wife, who was pregnant. In 1946, nine months after his release, he pronounced this "Yes to life", in full awareness of the misfortune, with the authority of the survivors.Rereading the experience of the camps, Frankl is interested, in these three lectures given...
“Taking care of the neighbor, taking care of the distant” by Bruno Dalloporta: care, from fragility to hospitality
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“Taking care of the neighbor, taking care of the distant” by Bruno Dalloporta: care, from fragility to hospitality

Take care of the neighbor, take care of the distantby Bruno DalloportaBayard, 312 p., 18,90 €« The starting point of our existence is not freedom, but the metaphor of birth. It changes everything. " Who is talking about us like this? Not a philosopher, tempted to deconstruct the autonomy on which we have built our existence for centuries. A doctor, who at the hospital, created a space for discussion where his entire team, specializing in dialysis, builds an ethic of the actions that they perform every day. More and more constrained by standards of efficiency and profitability, yet constantly establishing, in the mesh of this standardization of practices, the conditions of care.→ CHRONICLE. Care, between meaning and recognitionThe hospital offers a model. Not the ima...
Lyrical, tactical, egocentric … when love is written
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Lyrical, tactical, egocentric … when love is written

Hugo to Juliette Drouet, Édith Piaf to Marcel Cerdan, Albert Camus to Maria Casarès, François Mitterrand to Anne Pingeot… Famous love matches are the emerging part of a continent of words of love raised by millions of anonymous people over the years. centuries. Couple separated by work or war, child in boarding school, friend across oceans or borders, scribbled note or long typed tirade ... love is exchanged in writing in many ways. Correspondence captures durably, it is its paradox, the elusive moment and distance: an outpouring of the feeling of lack which cannot, in fact, be felt or expressed in the declaration in presence.An egocentric approach?In his Fragments of a love speech, Roland Barthes delivered a vision of the love letter that was more egocentric than gene...
“Luther et Mahomet” by Pierre-Olivier Léchot: Islam, a Protestant passion
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“Luther et Mahomet” by Pierre-Olivier Léchot: Islam, a Protestant passion

Luther and Muhammad. Protestantism in Western Europe before Islam XVIe-XVIIIe centuryby Pierre-Olivier LéchotDeer, 512 p., € 29Can wearing historian glasses help dispassionate a question as burning as Islam? Such is in any case the ambition of Pierre-Olivier Léchot, professor of modern history at the Protestant Institute of Paris (of which he was the dean), in introduction of his imposing Luther and Muhammad. If its reading may not directly answer contemporary questions, it nevertheless turns out to be enlightening for religious history buffs, who will find there a rigorous study of the links between Islam and Protestantism after the birth of the latter, in a Europe in crisis. a prey to Ottoman expansionism - a major peril for Christians of the time.Far from being a sec...
“Utopias made in the world”: the treatise on the economy of wisdom by Jean-Joseph Boillot
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“Utopias made in the world”: the treatise on the economy of wisdom by Jean-Joseph Boillot

Utopias made in the world. The wise man and the economistby Jean-Joseph BoillotOdile Jacob, 416 p., € 25.90In economics, we usually distinguish the “orthodox”, who swear by the hidden but efficient hand of the market, from the “heterodox”, who denounce with more or less success the ideological presuppositions of the dominant theory. This is forgetting the “iconoclasts”, those who think outside the marked paths of established models and do not hesitate to “wet their shirts” to verify, in the field, that their ideas match the realities of the world.Jean-Joseph Boillot is of this caliber. Agrégé in economic and social sciences and doctor in economics, this former adviser to the ministry of finance did not cease, during his career, to travel the planet, from Europe to China...
In the face of sexual abuse, spiritual fatherhood explained through three books
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In the face of sexual abuse, spiritual fatherhood explained through three books

Of spiritual fatherhood and its counterfeitsby Pavel SyssoevDeer, 126 p., € 12The spiritual Paternity of the priest. A treasure in clay vasesby Jacques PhilippeEd. of the Beatitudes, 144 p., € 14.50Like clay in the potter's handsby Bishop Jacques Turck, preface by Marguerite LénaSaint-Léger Éditions, 194 p., € 16"We carry the gifts of God in the clay vessels", writes the Dominican Pavel Syssoev, theologian, specialist in the history of doctrines in Of spiritual paternity and its counterfeits. The same biblical image is found in the titles of two other works which evoke the ministry of the priest and his fatherhood. The spiritual Paternity of the priest. A treasure in clay vases, title Father Jacques Philippe, successful spiritual author and member of the community of th...
“Semi” by Aki Shimazaki: conjugality put to the test of Alzheimer’s
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“Semi” by Aki Shimazaki: conjugality put to the test of Alzheimer’s

semi-d'Aki ShimazakiActes Sud, 152 p., € 15« Lifelong care with respect ”, says the motto of the retirement home where Tetsuo and Fujiko Niré moved to southern Japan when they retired, their children not having wished to stay with their parents, contrary to the practice of the previous generation. Alzheimer's disease, above all, this irruption of the strangeness at the heart of their existence, pushed them towards the choice of the specialized establishment.There, they are almost like at a hotel, benefiting from the conveniences useful for their age and their situation. Their pensions are sufficient to pay the expenses, the staff are pleasant, the activities offered numerous, the company pleasant, and they receive visitors there. "It is well, after all, summarizes Tetsuo...
Alexis Jenni “We can make love last”
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Alexis Jenni “We can make love last”

La Croix: Why write about the love of a man and a woman, "the one that lasts"? And why today?Alexis Jenni: We write novels for several reasons stacked up. One of them is that I had written a lot about the war. There, I wanted to write a book where people don't kill each other (laughs). War and love are the two great subjects of literature. But literature favors either the beginning of love, the joy of exaltation, or its end. We love to tell about loves that do not work, love that wears out, disintegration ... And we then give ourselves a lucidity on the cheap. We pretend to be fooled by nothing. Basically, love, everyone thinks about it, everyone wants it, everyone dreams of it, but no one believes it. It is a very strange paradox. With all this, I wanted to desc...
“The Diaconate”, by Jacques Tyrol: in the skin of deacons
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“The Diaconate”, by Jacques Tyrol: in the skin of deacons

The Diaconate. A threatened ministry?by Jacques TyrolSalvator, 224 p., 20 €Restored in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, the permanent diaconate is now represented in France by nearly 3,000 ordained. Based on the testimonies gathered from 36 of them, but also from their relatives, Jacques Tyrol, himself a deacon in the diocese of Lyon (Rhône), shows in this book the ecclesial realities experienced in the field by these men, whose ministry still too often remains unrecognized — including Catholics themselves — and who is still struggling to find his place.→ READ. The role of the permanent deacon remains unknown“From his reestablishment, the French model of the deacon is in no way that of a liturge, a sacristan, or a substitute for the priest, recalls the author. Th...