Shelby Foote

  • Tourbillon

    Shelby Foote

    À l'ouverture du procès de Luther Eustis, fermier quinquagénaire père de trois enfants, personne ne doute de sa culpabilité. Il reconnaît avoir garrotté Beulah Ross, fille facile qui l'a ensorcelé, avant de la jeter dans le lac Jordan, lestée de blocs de ciment.
    Au fil des débats, les voix de la victime, du greffier, du geôlier de la prison, du reporter local, d'un adolescent sourd-muet, de l'accusé, de son épouse et surtout de son avocat, éclairent ce drame rural sur lequel plane l'ombre de la Bible.
    La petite communauté du Mississippi va-t-elle, par la voix du jury, condamner le crime qui la renvoie à ses propres turpitudes et perversions ?

  • Septembre 1957 marque une date importante dans l'histoire des luttes raciales aux États-Unis : le gouverneur de l'Arkansas, Orval Faubus, brave la Constitution, les forces de l'ordre et la volonté du président Eisenhower en interdisant à neuf élèves noirs l'entrée de leur collège de Little Rock. Le même mois, à Memphis, trois apprentis gangsters que l'on pourrait qualifier de pieds nickelés planifient et mettent à exécution un projet dont l'ironie est criante : ils sont blancs, mais le jeune garçon qu'ils vont kidnapper est issu d'une famille aisée de la bourgeoisie noire. Sur fond d'émeutes retransmises par la télévision, nous voyons Podjo, joueur invétéré et stratège du trio, Rufus, l'abruti obsédé sexuel, et sa copine, l'aguicheuse Reeny, louer une maison isolée, séquestrer le petit Teddy et toucher la rançon. Et ensuite? Ensuite, c'est comme dans un roman noir...

  • Traduit une première fois en 1953, ce roman faulknérien servi par une écriture splendide devait être réédité. Il égale, à plus d'un titre, les plus belles réussites de la littérature sudiste contemporaine, et c'était celui de ses six romans que Shelby Foote préférait.
    Ampleur de la période historique embrassée, de la fin de la guerre de Sécession à la Seconde Guerre mondiale, ingéniosité de l'intrigue, personnages inoubliables, subtilité de l'analyse psychologique, richesse des thématiques abor­dées, exigence non dénuée d'humanité, portée par un humour parfois désespérant - L'Amour en saison sèche démontre de manière exemplaire ce que peut être une fidélité vraiment créatrice.
    L'oeuvre nous transporte dans ce Sud qui a toujours fasciné les lecteurs français à travers ses plus brillants représentants : Edgar Poe, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Truman Capote, Erskine Caldwell, William Styron...
    Une redécouverte.
    Du même auteur sont disponibles en français : Shiloh (Rivages, 2019), Tourbillon (Imaginaire Gallimard, 2006), L'Enfant de la fièvre (nouvelles, Imaginaire Gallimard, 1986), Septembre en noir et blanc (10/18, 1984).

  • Immense romancier américain, dans la lignée de William Faulkner, Shelby Foote est un auteur encore assez méconnu en France. Un de ses livres les plus importants en Amérique s'appelle Shiloh, épopée miniature qui raconte la guerre de Sécession en 200 pages à travers la voix de soldats ou lieutenants des deux camps. Chaque chapitre est ciselé à la perfection, explorant la nature humaine, l'absurdité des combats, l'étrange ivresse de la cause et la détresse inévitable devant le spectacle de la violence et la mort. Tous les paradoxes à l'oeuvre dans une guerre. On pense à James Lee Burke, à William March... Shiloh est traduit pour la première fois en français.

  • This first volume of Shelby Foote’s classic narrative of the Civil War opens with Jefferson Davis’s farewell to the United States Senate and ends on the bloody battlefields of Antietam and Perryville, as the full, horrible scope of America’s great war becomes clear. Exhaustively researched and masterfully written, Foote’s epic account of the Civil War unfolds like a novel.yes'>#160;yes'>ldquo;A stunning book full of color, life, character and a new atmosphere of the Civil War, and at the same time a narrative of unflagging power. Eloquent proof that an historian should be a writer above all else.yes'>rdquo; yes'>mdash;Burke Davisyes'>#160;yes'>ldquo;Anyone who wants to relive the Civil War . . . will go through this volume with pleasure. . . . Years from now, Foote’s monumental narrative most likely will continue to be read and remembered as a classic of its kind.yes'>rdquo; yes'>mdash;New York Herald Tribune Book Reviewyes'>#160;yes'>ldquo;To read this great narrative is to love the nation. . . . Whitman, who ultimately knew and loved the bravery and frailty of the soldiers, observed that the real Civil War would never be written and perhaps should not be. For me, Shelby Foote has written it. . . . This work was done to last forever.yes'>rdquo; yes'>mdash;James M. Cox, Southern Review

  • A decade in the writing, this is the final volume of what many critics have called Americas Iliad. Here Foote brings to life the military endgame, the surrender at Appomattox, and the tragic dénouement of the war--the assassination of President Lincoln.
    To read this chronicle is an awesome and moving experience. History and literature are rarely so thoroughly combined as here; one finishes this volume convinced that no one need undertake this particular enterprise again. --Newsweek In objectivity, in range, in mastery of detail, in beauty of language and feeling for the people involved, this work surpasses anything else on the subject. . . . Written in the tradition of the great historian-artists--Gibbon, Prescott, Napier, Freeman--it stands alongside the work of the best of them. --The New Republic The most written-about war in history has, with this completion of Shelby Footes trilogy, been given the epic treatment it deserves. --Providence Journal

  • A narrative history of the American Civil War, which covers not only the battles and the troop movements but also the social background that brought on the war and led, in the end, to the South's defeat.

  • A narrative history of the American Civil War, which covers not only the battles and the troop movements but also the social background that brought on the war and led, in the end, to the South's defeat.

  • A narrative history of the American Civil War, which covers not only the battles and the troop movements but also the social background that brought on the war and led, in the end, to the South's defeat.

  • Shelby Foote's magnificently orchestrated novel anticipates much of the subject matter of his monumental Civil War trilogy, rendering the clash between North and South with a violence all the more shocking for its intimacy. Love in a Dry Season describes an erotic and economic triangle, in which two wealthy and fantastically unhappy Mississippi families--the Barcrofts and the Carrutherses--are joined by an open-faced fortune hunter from the North, a man whose ruthlessness is matched only by his inability to understand the people he tries to exploit and his fatal incomprehension of the passions he so casually ignites. Combining a flawless sense of place with a Faulknerian command of the grotesque, Foote's novel turns a small cotton town into a sexual battleground as fatal as Vicksburg or Shiloh--and one where strategy is no match for instinct and tradition.

  • Shelby Foote's monumental historical trilogy, "The Civil War: A Narrative," is our window into the day-by-day unfolding of our nation's defining event. Now Foote reveals the deeper human truth behind the battles and speeches through the fiction he has chosen for this vivid, moving collection.
    These ten stories of the Civil War give us the experience of joining a coachload of whores left on a siding during a battle in Virginia . . .marching into an old man's house to tell him it's about to be burned down . . .or seeing a childhood friend shot down at Chickamauga.
    The result is history that lives again in our imagination, as the creative vision of these great writers touches our emotions and makes us witness to the human tragedy of this war, fought so bravely by those in blue and gray.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Before Shelby Foote under took his epic history of the Civil War, he wrote this fictional chronicle -- "a landscape in narrative" -- of Jordan County, Mississippi, a place where the traumas of slavery, war, and Reconstruction are as tangible as rock formations. The seven stories in Jordan County move backward in time, from 1950 to 1797, and through the lives of characters as diverse as a black horn player doomed by tuberculosis and convulsive jealousy, a tormented and ineffectual fin-de-siecle aristocrat, and a half-wild frontiersman who builds a plantation in Choctaw territory only to watch it burn at the close of the Civil War. In prose of almost Biblical gravity; and with a deep knowledge of the ways in which history shapes human lives -- and sometimes warps them beyond repair -- Foote gives us an ambitious, troubling work of fiction that builds on the traditions of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor but that is resolutely unique.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Focused on the pivotal year of 1863, the second volume of Shelby Footes masterful narrative history brings to life some of the most dramatic and important moments in the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg and Grants Vicksburg campaign.
    Foote has an acute sense of the relative importance of events and a novelists skill in directing the readers attention to the men and the episodes that will influence the course of the whole war, without omitting items which are of momentary interest. His organization of facts could hardly be better. --The Atlantic Though the events of this middle year of the Civil War have been recounted hundreds of times, they have rarely been re-created with such vigor and such picturesque detail. --The New York Times Book Review The lucidity of the battle narratives, the vigor of the prose, the strong feeling for the men from generals to privates who did the fighting, are all controlled by constant sense of how it happened and what it was all about. Foote has the novelists feeling for character and situation, without losing the historians scrupulous regard for recorded fact. The Civil War is likely to stand unequaled. --Walter Mills

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