• Cinquante ans après la mort du très grand écrivain Aldous Huxley, son chef-d'oeuvre, Le Meilleur des Mondes, se lit et se relit, intemporel, visionnaire, absolument génial.

    632 après Ford : désormais on compte les années à partir de l'invention de la voiture à moteur. La technologie et la science ont remplacé la liberté et Dieu. La vie humaine, anesthésiée, est une suite de satisfactions, les êtres naissent in vitro, les désirs s'assouvissent sans risque de reproduction, les émotions et les sentiments ont été remplacés par des sensations et des instincts programmés. La société de ce Meilleur des mondes est organisée, hiérarchisée et uniformisée, chaque être, rangé par catégorie, a sa vocation, ses capacités et ses envies, maîtrisées, disciplinées, accomplies. Chacun concourt à l'ordre général, c'est-à-dire travaille, consomme et meurt, sans jamais revendiquer, apprendre ou exulter. Mais un homme pourtant est né dans cette société, avec, chose affreuse, un père et une mère et, pire encore, des sentiments et des rêves. Ce " Sauvage ", qui a lu tout Shakespeare et le cite comme une Bible, peut-il être un danger pour le " monde civilisé " ?


  • Aldous Huxley revient sur son grand classique de la science-fiction dans un texte plus pamphlétaire.
    Trente ans après Le Meilleur des mondes, Aldous Huxley revient sur ce roman phare de la science-fiction pour constater que l'évolution qu'il imaginait dans les années 1930 se révèle une véritable prédiction.
    Le monde qu'il a vu émerger - la dictature scientifique, l'homme transformé en esclave amoureux de sa servitude, la montée des fanatismes, le cauchemar de l'organisation intégrale - est déjà en train de prendre forme sous ses yeux à la fin des années 1950.
    Dans cet essai d'une étonnante lucidité, il nous offre un regard percutant sur les évolutions sociales et politiques de son temps.


  • Réédition d'un grand classique de la science-fiction épuisé. 50e anniversaire de la mort d'Aldous Huxley.

    En l'an 2108, la Troisième Guerre mondiale a pris fin depuis déjà plus d'un siècle mais les stigmates de ses destructions atomiques n'ont pas disparu et l'humanité, décimée par les massacres chimiques et bactériologiques, a subi une irréversible mutation. C'est à la découverte de cette nouvelle espèce animale dont l'instinct sexuel est devenu saisonnier que va se lancer le professeur Poole, spécialiste néo-zélandais de botanique, dont l'île-continent a été miraculeusement épargnée.
    À travers la fiction littéraire d'un scénario de film providentiellement sauvé du désastre, Aldous Huxley évoque avec un brio insurpassable l'un des " avenirs de cauchemars " qui peuplent peut-être le troisième millénaire.

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    Pour le 50e anniversaire de la mort d'Aldous Huxley, réédition d'un classique de la science-fiction épuisé.
    Lorsque le journaliste Will Farnaby échoue sur l'île de Pala, il croit avoir découvert la société idéale. La communauté des îliens s'organise autour des valeurs de justice, de respect et de liberté, dans une parfaite osmose avec la nature. Mais cet équilibre idyllique est rapidement menacé par les convoitises internationales, à commencer par le sultanat voisin. Huxley orchestre le malentendu : l'utopie de l'Éden retrouvé, réinventé par la main de l'homme, fera long feu, pour mieux se fracasser contre les instincts humains les plus funestes.

  • Anglais Grey Eminence

    Aldous Huxley

    The life of Father Joseph, Cardinal Richelieu's aide, was a shocking paradox. After spending his days directing operations on the battlefield, Father Joseph would pass the night in prayer, or in composing spiritual guidance for the nuns in his care. He was an aspirant to sainthood and a practising mystic, yet his ruthless exercise of power succeeded in prolonging the unspeakable horrors of the Thirty Years War. In his masterful biography, Huxley explores how an intensely religious man could lead such a life and how he could reconcile the seemingly opposing moral systems of religion and politics.

  • Anglais Island

    Aldous Huxley

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DAVID BRADSHAWFor over a hundred years the Pacific island of Pala has been the scene of a unique experiment in civilisation. Its inhabitants live in a society where western science has been brought together with eastern philosophy and humanism to create a paradise on earth. When cynical journalist, Will Farnaby, arrives to search for information about potential oil reserves on Pala, he quickly falls in love with the way of life on the island. Soon the need to complete his mission becomes an intolerable burden. In counterpoint to Brave New World and Ape and Essence, in Island Huxley gives us his vision of utopia.

  • Anglais Antic Hay

    Aldous Huxley

    WITH A FOREWORD BY DAVID LODGEWhen inspiration leads Theodore Gumbril to design a type of pneumatic trouser to ease the discomfort of sedentary life, he decides the time has come to give up teaching and seek his fortune in the metropolis. He soon finds himself caught up in the hedonistic world of his friends Mercaptan, Lypiatt and the thoroughly civilised Myra Viveash, and his burning ambitions begin to lose their urgency...Wickedly funny and deliciously barbed, the novel epitomises the glittering neuroticism of the Twenties.

  • In his 1932 classic dystopian novel, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley depicted a future society in thrall to science and regulated by sophisticated methods of social control. Nearly thirty years later in Brave New World Revisited, Huxley checked the progress of his prophecies against reality and argued that many of his fictional fantasies had grown uncomfortably close to the truth. Brave New World Revisited includes Huxley's views on overpopulation, propaganda, advertising and government control, and is an urgent and powerful appeal for the defence of individualism still alarmingly relevant today.

  • The dilettantes who frequent Lady Tantamount's society parties are determined to push forward the moral frontiers of the age. Marjorie has left her family to live with Walter; Walter is in love with the luscious but cold-hearted Lucy who devours every man in sight; the repulsive Spandrell deflowers young girls for the sake of entertainment and all the while everyone is engaged in dazzling and witty conversation.

  • WITH A FOREWORD J.G. BALLARDIn 1953, in the presence of an investigator, Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gramme of mescalin, sat down and waited to see what would happen. When he opened his eyes everything, from the flowers in a vase to the creases in his trousers, was transformed. Huxley described his experience with breathtaking immediacy in The Doors of Perception. In its sequel Heaven and Hell, he goes on to explore the history and nature of mysticism. Still bristling with a sense of excitement and discovery, these illuminating and influential writings remain the most fascinating account of the visionary experience ever written.

  • WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DAVID BRADSHAWAnthony Beavis is a man inclined to recoil from life. His past is haunted by the death of his best friend Brian and by his entanglement with the cynical and manipulative Mary Amberley. Realising that his determined detachment from the world has been motivated not by intellectual honesty but by moral cowardice, Anthony attempts to find a new way to live. Eyeless in Gaza is considered by many to be Huxley's definitive work of fiction.

  • In February 2108, the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition reaches California at last. It is over a century since the world was devastated by nuclear war, but the blight of radioactivity and disease still gnaws away at the survivors. The expedition expects to find physical destruction but they are quite unprepared for the moral degradation they meet. Ape and Essence is Huxley's vision of the ruin of humanity, told with all his knowledge and imaginative genius.

  • In 1634 Urbain Grandier, a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake. He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns in what was the most sensational case of mass possession and sexual hysteria in history. Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and four years after his death the nuns were still being subjected to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage. Huxley's vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world.

  • In a renovated Italian palace set above the blue of the sea, the Junoesque figure of Mrs Aldwinkle moves among her guests. These include a poet who earns his living editing The Rabbit Fancier's Gazette; a popular novelist who records every detail of her affair with another guest as future literary material; an aging philosopher who pursues a wealthy yet mentally-disabled heiress and a pair of na-ve and charming young lovers. Deliciously satirical, Those Barren Leaves bites the hands of those who dare to posture or feign sophistication and is as comically fresh today as when it was first published.

  • WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY MARGARET ATWOOD AND DAVID BRADSHAWFar in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress...Huxley's ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

  • It is Christmas Eve, and John Rivers is thinking about the past; about his sheltered upbringing; about an extraordinary time spent as a lab assistant to the great physicist Henry Maartens; about Maartens' beautiful wife, Katy, and about a love affair which shook Rivers to the core and caused him to question everything he once revered.

  • Jo Stoyle is afraid of death. But Stoyle is also a millionaire, and so he pours his riches into scientific research, desperate to find the secret of immortality. This ruthless quest will enmesh everyone around him in a web of greed, seduction, murder and debasement. Written while he was living in California, this is Huxley's response to Hollywood's superficiality and obsession with youth, a powerful cautionary tale which employs all his customary wit and merciless insight.

  • Sebastian Barnack, a handsome English schoolboy, is on bad terms with his socialist father who disapproves of his hedonistic lifestyle. He escapes to Florence in order to learn about life. His education there, thanks to the contradictory influences of his scurrilous Uncle Eustace and a saintly bookseller, is both sacred and profane. A haunting novel from one of the twentieth century's most powerful commentators.

  • Could drugs offer a new way of seeing the world? In 1953, in the presence of an investigator, Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gramme of mescalin, sat down and waited to see what would happen. When he opened his eyes everything, from the flowers in a vase to the creases in his trousers, was transformed. His account of his experience, and his vision for all that psychedelics could offer to mankind, has influenced writers, artists and thinkers around the world.The unabridged text of The Doors of Perception by Aldous HuxleyVINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us humanAlso in the Vintage Minis series:
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  • The "Literary Knowledge" collection offers you the possibility to know everything about Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, thanks to a complete and detailed study guide. It was written clearly and accessibly by an academic professor. This study guide also complies with quality standards set up by a team of experienced teachers. It contains Aldous Huxley's biography, a presentation of the novel, a detailed summary (chapter by chapter), the reasons for its success, its main themes, and a study of the author's literary movement.

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