• « Un des plus grands écrivains de notre époque. » Toni Morrison.

    En 1927, la jeune anthropologue Zora Neale Hurston part en Alabama rencontrer Cudjo Lewis. À quatre-vingt-six ans, Cudjo est l'ultime survivant du dernier convoi négrier qui a quitté les côtes du Dahomey pour l'Amérique. Pendant des mois, Zora Neale Hurston va recueillir sa parole, devenir son amie, partager ses souffrances. Le témoignage de Cudjo restitue comme nul autre la condition d'un esclave : de sa capture en 1859 à sa terrifiante traversée, de ses années d'esclavage jusqu'à la guerre de Sécession, puis son combat pour son émancipation.

  • Eatonville, Floride. Janie Mae Crawford est de retour. Il lui aura fallu trois existences et trois mariages - avec le vieux Logan Killicks et ses sentiments trop frustes, avec le fringant Joe Starks et ses ambitions politiques dévorantes, avec Tea Cake enfin, promesse d'égalité dans un élan d'amour - pour toucher l'horizon de son rêve d'émancipation et de liberté. Fierté intacte, elle revient et se raconte, seigneur des mots et des moindres choses...
    Portrait d'une femme entière animée par la force de son innocence, esprit libre bravant la rumeur du monde, Mais leurs yeux dardaient sur Dieu est un monument de la littérature américaine, aussi percutant aujourd'hui que lors de sa parution aux États-Unis en 1937. C'est un roman culte. Et c'est un immense chef-d'oeuvre.

  • This tale of a woman's quest for fulfilment and self-discovery follows the story of Janie whose experiences make her recognize that husbands are just "things to drape her dreams over".

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  • Barracoon désigne les bâtiments utilisés pour le confinement des Africains destinés à être vendus et exportés vers l'Europe et les Amériques. Ces bâtiments allaient du modeste « abri à esclaves » aux imposantes « maisons d'esclaves » ou « châteaux d'esclaves ». Les captifs y restaient souvent confinés pendant des mois entiers.
    En 1927, la jeune anthropologue Zora Neale Hurston, qui va devenir l'une des plus grandes écrivaines noires du XXe siècle part rencontrer en Alabama Cudjo Lewis. A 86 ans, Cudjo est l'ultime survivant du dernier convoi négrier qui a quitté les côtes du Dahomey pour l'Amérique. Pendant des mois, Zora va recueillir sa parole, devenir son amie, partager ses souffrances et des fiertés. Le témoignage de Cudjo restitue comme nul autre la condition, la vie d'un esclave  : de sa capture en 1859 par un village voisin à sa terrifiante traversée, de ses années d'esclavage jusqu'à la guerre de sécession, jusqu'à son combat pour son émancipation.
    Un témoignage unique d'une sincérité et d'une précision bouleversante.

  • From ''one of the greatest writers of our time'' (Toni Morrison) - the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God and Barracoon - a collection of remarkable short stories from the Harlem Renaissance With a foreword by Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage ''Genius'' Alice Walker ''Rigorous, convincing, dazzling'' Zadie Smith on Their Eyes Were Watching God In 1925, college student Zora Neale Hurston - the sole black student at Barnard College, New York - was living in the city, ''desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world.'' During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, this singular talent is recognised as one of the most influential and revered American artists of the modern period. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston''s ''lost'' Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives. These stories challenge conceptions of Hurston as an author of rural fiction and include gems that flash with her biting, satiric humour, as well as more serious tales reflective of the cultural currents of Hurston''s world. All are timeless classics that enrich our understanding and appreciation of this exceptional writer''s voice and her contributions to America''s literary traditions.

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  • From "one of the greatest writers of our time" (Toni Morrison)--the author of Barracoon and Their Eyes Were Watching God --a collection of remarkable stories, including eight "lost" Harlem Renaissance tales now available to a wide audience for the first time. New York Times'' Books to Watch for Buzzfeed''s Most Anticipated Books Newsweek''s Most Anticipated Books Forbes.com''s Most Anticipated Books E!''s Top Books to Read Glamour''s Best Books Essence''s Best Books by Black Authors In 1925, Barnard student Zora Neale Hurston--the sole black student at the college--was living in New York, "desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world." During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, this singular talent is recognized as one of the most influential and revered American artists of the modern period. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston''s "lost" Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives. These stories challenge conceptions of Hurston as an author of rural fiction and include gems that flash with her biting, satiric humor, as well as more serious tales reflective of the cultural currents of Hurston''s world. All are timeless classics that enrich our understanding and appreciation of this exceptional writer''s voice and her contributions to America''s literary traditions.

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  • When independent Janie Crawford returns home, her small African-American community begins to buzz with gossip about the outcome of her affair with a younger man, in a novel set in the 1930s South. Reissue.

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  • Zora neale hurston (1901-1960), américaine, descendante de militants anti-esclavagistes, élève de l'ethnologue franz boas, a participé au harlem renaissance, mouvement du renouveau littéraire et artistique parallèle à l'âge d'or du jazz. déjà publié, à l'aube: une femme noire et des pas dans la poussière.

  • Spunk

    Zora Neale Hurston

    • Zulma
    • 2 Janvier 1998
  • In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation''s history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo''s firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States. In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau. Spending more than three months there, she talked in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. During those weeks, the young writer and the elderly formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about Cudjo''s past: memories from his childhood in Africa, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by American slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the Clotilda , and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War. Based on interviews featuring Cudjo''s unique vernacular and written from Hurston''s perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth century, Barracoon masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture. Edited and with an introduction by Deborah G. Plant, and with a foreward from the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award-winning author Alice Walker, the publication of Zora Neale Hurston''s Barracoon is a literary event for students, academics, and every reader. Freshman Common Read: Howard University

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  • Zora Neale Hurston, première femme noire anthropologue, essayiste, également romancière et
    nouvelliste, est reconnue par Toni Morrison et Alice Walker comme leur « mère en écriture ».
    Autobiographie d'une petite fille d'esclaves, Des pas dans la poussière constitue un témoignage
    remarquable.
    « Mon père menaçait sans cesse de me briser, même s'il devait me tuer au passage. Ma mère
    s'interposait à chaque fois. Elle me savait effrontée et prompte à la réplique, mais elle ne voulait
    pas briser mon 'ardorité', de peur de me voir devenir une doucereuse poupée de son. »
    « Son nom est peu connu en France, mais l'influence de Zora Neale Hurston sur la littérature
    américaine a été considérable. Toni Morrison, prix Nobel de littérature, n'a cessé de proclamer sa
    dette à l'égard de celle qu'elle considère comme sa mère en littérature. Cela n'a rien de
    surprenant, puisque toute l'oeuvre de Hurston s'était donné pour tâche de restituer la richesse et
    l'originalité de la culture noire des Etats-Unis, celle de son enfance, et d'en transmettre l'héritage.
    {...} Un des plus beaux hommages jamais rendus à la culture de ceux que, bon gré mal gré, elle
    considérait comme "son peuple". » Didier Eribon, Le Nouvel Observateur

  • YOU DON''T KNOW US NEGROES AND OTHER ESSAYS Nouv.

    Introduction by New York Times bestselling author Henry Louis Gates Jr. Spanning more than 35 years of work, the first comprehensive collection of essays, criticism, and articles by the legendary author of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, showcasing the evolution of her distinctive style as an archivist and author. "One of the greatest writers of our time."--Toni Morrison One of the most acclaimed artists of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston was a gifted novelist, playwright, and essayist. Drawn from three decades of her work, this anthology showcases her development as a writer, from her early pieces expounding on the beauty and precision of African American art to some of her final published works, covering the sensational trial of Ruby McCollum, a wealthy Black woman convicted in 1952 for killing a white doctor. Among the selections are Hurston''s well-known works such as "How It Feels to be Colored Me" and "My Most Humiliating Jim Crow Experience." The essays in this essential collection are grouped thematically and cover a panoply of topics, including politics, race and gender, and folkloric study from the height of the Harlem Renaissance to the early years of the Civil Rights movement. Demonstrating the breadth of this revered and influential writer''s work, You Don''t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays is an invaluable chronicle of a writer''s development and a window into her world and time.

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    À paraître

  • Considéré dans ce texte sur l'identité raciale: Les habitants noirs et les lauriers-roses d'Eatonville. La blancheur de Jacksonville. Le jazz atonal et ses harmonies ensorcelantes. La fin de l'esclavagisme. L'éternel féminin en collier de perles. Avec une introduction de Joël Des Rosiers.

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