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Lovecraft Country

6 ratings

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Voyage au pays des monstres et du Ku Klux Klan. Chicago, 1954. Quand son père, Montrose, est porté disparu, Atticus, jeune vétéran de la guerre de Corée, s'embarque dans une traversée des États-Unis aux côtés de son oncle George, grand amateur de science-fiction, et d'une amie d'enfance. Pour ce groupe de citoyens noirs, il est déjà risqué de prendre la route. Mais des dangers plus terribles les attendent dans le Massachusetts, au manoir du terrible M. Braithwhite... Les trois comparses retrouvent en effet Montrose enchaîné, près d'être sacrifié par une secte esclavagiste qui communique avec des monstres venus d'un autre monde pour persécuter les Noirs. C'est la première de leurs péripéties... Dans l'Amérique ségrégationniste, Atticus et ses proches vont vivre des aventures effrayantes et échevelées, peuplées de créatures fantastiques et d'humains racistes non moins effroyables. Signé par un maître du genre, encensé par la critique outre-Atlantique, Lovecraft Country est un hommage au pulp et à la science-fiction des années 1950, un roman électrique d'une actualité déconcertante. La société HBO ne s'y est pas trompée en décidant de l'adapter pour une série sous la houlette de Jordan Peele, le réalisateur de Get Out.

©2019 Place des Éditeurs (P)2019 Audible Studios

Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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Lovecraft Country

3 ratings

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Now an HBO series from J. J. Abrams (executive producer of Westworld), Misha Green (creator of Underground), and Jordan Peele (director of Get Out and Us), this brilliant and imaginative novel by critically acclaimed author Matt Ruff makes visceral the terrors of Jim Crow America, melding historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror. Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George - publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide - and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite - heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’ ancestors - they encounter both mundane terrors of White America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two Black families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism - the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us today.

©2021 Matt Ruff (P)2020 HarperAudio

Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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Bad Monkeys

1 rating

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"Bad Monkeys has wit and imagination by the bucketload.... Buy it, read it, memorize then destroy it. There are eyes everywhere." (Chris Moore, best-selling author of A Dirty Job and Lamb) Jane Charlotte has been arrested for murder. She tells police that she is a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil; her division is called the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons - "Bad Monkeys" for short. This confession earns Jane a trip to the jail’s psychiatric wing, where a doctor attempts to determine whether she is lying, crazy, or playing a different game altogether. Clever and gripping, full of unexpected twists and turns, teasing existential musings, and captivating prose, Bad Monkeys unfolds at lightning speed, taking listeners to another realm of imagination.

©2004 Matt Ruff (P)2020 HarperAudio

Author: Matt Ruff
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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Lovecraft Country

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In einer unwiderstehlichen Mischung aus überbordender Phantasie, teuflischem Witz und dunkler Magie verstrickt Matt Ruff die wahnwitzigen Abenteuer einer schwarzen Familie mit der Geschichte des amerikanischen Rassismus. Atticus Turners Verhältnis zu seinem Vater Montrose war schon immer schwierig. Doch als der verschwindet, macht Atticus sich wohl oder übel auf die Suche. Auch wenn die Spur nach "Lovecraft Country" in Neuengland führt, Mitte der 50er Jahre ein Ort der schärfsten Rassengesetze. Mit Hilfe seines Onkels George, Herausgeber des "Safe Negro Travel Guide", und seiner hitzigen Jugendfreundin Letitia gelangt Atticus bis zum Anwesen der Braithwhites. Hier tagt der "Orden der Alten Morgenröte", eine rassistische Geheimloge, mit deren Hilfe Sohn Braithwhite nichts weniger als die höchste Macht anstrebt. Doch dafür braucht er Atticus - und nicht nur ihn... "Lovecraft Country" ist ein Wunderwerk der Literatur und dabei gespenstisch real.

©2018 Matt Ruff. Übersetzung von Anna und Wolf Heinrich Leube / Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, München (P)2018 Argon Verlag GmbH, Berlin

Narrator: Simon Jäger
Author: Matt Ruff
Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
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Dispatches from the Race War

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Essays on racial flashpoints, white denial, violence, and the manipulation of fear in America today. "Drawing on events from the killing of Trayvon Martin to the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, Wise calls to account his fellow white citizens and exhorts them to combat racist power structures." (The New York Times) “What Tim Wise has brilliantly done is to challenge white folks' truth to see that they have a responsibility to do more than sit back and watch, but to recognize their own role in co-creating a fair, inclusive, truly democratic society.” (Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow) "Tim Wise's new book gives us the tools we need to reach people whose understanding of our country is white instead of right. And without pissing them off!" (James W. Loewen, author, Lies My Teacher Told Me) "Tim Wise's latest is more urgent than ever. " (Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy) "A white social justice advocate clearly shows how racism is America's core crisis. A trenchant assessment of our nation’s ills." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) "[Dispatches from the Race War] is a bracing call to action in a moment of social unrest." (Publishers Weekly) "Dispatches from the Race War exhorts white Americans to join the struggle for a fairer society." (Chapter 16) In this collection of essays, renowned social-justice advocate Tim Wise confronts racism in contemporary America. Seen through the lens of major flashpoints during the Obama and Trump years, Dispatches from the Race War faces the consequences of white supremacy in all its forms. This includes a discussion of the bigoted undertones of the Tea Party’s backlash, the killing of Trayvon Martin, current-day anti-immigrant hysteria, the rise of openly avowed white nationalism, the violent policing of African Americans, and more. Wise devotes a substantial portion of the book to explore the racial ramifications of COVID-19 and the widespread protests that followed the police murder of George Floyd. Concise, accessible chapters, most written in first-person, offer an excellent source for those engaged in the anti-racism struggle. Tim Wise’s proactive approach asks White allies to contend with - and take responsibility for - their own role in perpetuating racism against Blacks and people of color. Dispatches from the Race War reminds us that the story of our country is the history of racial conflict and that our future may depend on how - or if - we can resolve it. “To accept racism is quintessentially American,” writes Wise, “to rebel against it is human. Be human.”

©2020 by Tim Wise (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
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