• Moby Dick

    Herman Melville

    Tout le monde - ou presque - connaît l'histoire de Moby Dick par Herman Melville. En revanche, lorsqu'un auteur de génie tel que Bill Sienkiewicz se penche sur une adaptation en BD de ce monument de la littérature.
    Attiré par la mer, Ismaël, le narrateur, décide de partir à la chasse à la baleine. Il embarque sur Le Pequod, commandé par le Capitaine Achab, obsédé par un cachalot blanc particulièrement féroce surnommé Moby Dick qui lui a arraché la jambe. À travers le voyage « sans retour » de son personnage principal, Melville aborde des thèmes universels, le concept de classe et de statut social.

  • Bartleby le scribe (Bartleby the Scrivener : a story of Wall Street) est une nouvelle célébrissime rédigée par Herman Melville en 1853. Le narrateur, un notaire new-yorkais, embauche un clerc singulier afin de faire de la copie d'actes. Au fil du temps, cet être consciencieux se révèle étrange, en refusant d'abord de faire certains travaux demandés par son patron. Puis il cesse de travailler, et refuse enfin de quitter l'étude, fût-ce la nuit. Il répète à l'envi : « J'aimerais autant pas. » (I would prefer not to).

    Préfiguration des thèses des écrivains de l'absurde, symbole de la résistance passive à l'époque de la bureaucratie naissante et des balbutiements du capitalisme d'affaires, cette nouvelle inclassable est un bijou.

    /> Herman Melville (1819-1891), romancier états-unien, auteur de Moby Dick et Billy Budd.

  • "Je préférerais ne pas" : telle est la réponse, invariable et d'une douceur irrévocable qu'oppose Bartleby, modeste commis aux écritures dans un cabinet de Wall Street, à toute demande qui lui est faite. Cette résistance absolue, incompréhensible pour les autres, le conduira peu à peu à l'isolement le plus total. Bartleby, s'il n'a pas l'ampleur de ses grands romans, compte pourtant parmi les écrits les plus importants d'Herman Melville. Ce texte bref, mais aux significations inépuisables, a exercé une fascination durable sur des écrivains et philosophes comme Maurice Blanchot, Georges Bataille, Michel Foucault ou Gilles Deleuze.

  • «En 1843, je pris la mer comme "simple matelot" à bord d'une frégate des États-Unis qui se trouvait mouillée dans un port de l'océan Pacifique. Après être resté plus d'une année sur cette frégate, je fus libéré du service lorsque le navire revint à son port d'attache. Mes expériences et mes observations sont consignées dans le présent ouvrage.» New York, mars 1850.

    Herman Melville avait rédigé ces quelques phrases en guise de préface à la première édition américaine de La vareuse blanche. Il s'agit donc d'un récit vécu, à l'état brut, qui décrit en détail les conditions de servitude inhumaine auxquelles étaient soumis les matelots au XIXe siècle. L'auteur nous fait revivre l'immense voyage qu'il fit, tout au long des côtes du Pacifique et de l'Atlantique, en passant par le redoutable cap Horn. White Jacket, surnom que Melville adopte ici, est le héros de cette épopée en prose. Il ne fait qu'un avec sa «vareuse blanche» fantomatique, vêtement bizarre qu'il a confectionné avec amour afin d'affronter les tempêtes du cap Horn, mais qui lui vaut l'antipathie de ses compagnons superstitieux et manquera même de provoquer sa perte...

  • Pierre doit épouser Lucy. Il découvre qu'il a une demi-soeur que sa mère refuse de reconnaître. Pierre s'enfuit alors avec elle, à New York, où Lucy s'avise de les rejoindre pour vivre avec eux. Bientôt, leur vie à trois devient l'objet d'un scandale. Cette vie tourne au cauchemar quand Pierre, devenu assassin, entraîne ses compagnes dans la mort. Un roman somptueux, publié en 1852, d'une force et d'une modernité implacables.

  • Taïpi

    Herman Melville

    • Claae
    • 23 February 2018

    Herman Melville, du haut de ses vingt-cinq ans, nous raconte la rencontre avec un peuple étonnant du Pacifique
    Nuku-Hiva, une île de l'archipel des Marquises, Pacifique. Deux tribus y vivent, l'une douce et pacifique, l'autre cannibale. Après avoir fui le navire baleinier, deux fugitifs sont recueillis par l'une des tribus. Taïpi est la relation d'une aventure qu'a connue Herman Melville avec l'un de ses coéquipiers après une campagne éprouvante de chasse à la baleine. Ils sont très bien accueillis et vivent en harmonie avec leurs hôtes sur cette île paradisiaque.
    Un récit documentaire qui nous fait explorer la Polynésie, ses autochtones et sa splendeur d'antan !
    EXTRAIT
    Six mois en mer ! Oui, six mois sans avoir vu la terre, à courir après la baleine, sous le soleil brûlant de l'Équateur, ballottés par les vagues du Pacifique avec le ciel au-dessus de nos têtes, l'Océan autour de nous et rien d'autre !
    Depuis des semaines nos provisions de denrées fraîches sont épuisées, nous n'avons pas un légume ; les beaux régimes de bananes qui décoraient autrefois l'entrepont ont disparu ; disparues aussi les oranges délicieuses qui pendaient à nos vergues ! Il ne nous reste plus que des conserves et des biscuits.
    Oh ! revoir un brin d'herbe tendre, humer les senteurs du sol ! N'y a-t-il rien de frais autour de nous, rien de vert sur quoi reposer nos yeux ? Si, l'intérieur des flancs du navire est peint en vert mais d'une couleur si terne qu'elle ne peut évoquer l'idée des feuilles d'arbres ou des prairies ; même l'écorce du bois qui nous sert de combustible a été dévorée par le porc du capitaine..., d'ailleurs, depuis lors, le porc a été mangé.
    CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE
    On va, d'îles en îles, on tombe amoureux de ces polynésiens, on admire l'eau écarlate, on nage dans ces eaux chaudes, on vit sur ces plages qui n'existent plus et quand la dernière page arrive, c'est le dernier rivage qui s'estompe. On sait qu'on rentre au port, que s'en est fini de l'exil, du périple en mer du sud. On regrette alors que le voyage n'ait pas été plus long... - Tolbiac, Babelio
    Finalement, Melville nous en dit bien plus sur l'Occident, et le regard eurocentriste (qui comprend aussi l'Amérique, qu'on se le dise) au XIXe siècle que sur la Polynésie. Un chef-d'oeuvre. - Usurpateur, Babelio
    À PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR
    Herman Melville, né le 1er août 1819 à Pearl Street, au sud-est de Manhattan (New York), mort le 28 septembre 1891 à New York, est un romancier, essayiste et poète américain. Pratiquement oublié de tous à sa mort, Melville est redécouvert dans les années 1920 à travers son oeuvre maîtresse Moby Dick. Il est désormais considéré comme l'une des plus grandes figures de la littérature américaine. 

  • Herman Melville, sans doute le plus grand romancier américain du XIXe siècle, ne fut pas seulement l'auteur de Moby Dick, mais aussi d'un bon nombre de nouvelles qui sont des chefs-d'oeuvre du genre. Dans ce moule étroit, Melville a coulé toute la profondeur et la richesse d'invention de ses ouvrages plus amples : les deux récits traduits ici nous le montrent à la fois réaliste, épousant le détail et le sordide de l'Amérique moyenne de son temps, et flamboyant, poussant l'écriture jusqu'aux portes du délire. Derrière les saynètes de Melville se profile sans cesse un encyclopédisme kaléidoscopique, qui convoque de multiples aspects de la tradition pour les plonger dans l'acide corrosif du monde moderne. Mélange explosif des genres qui a toujours pour enjeu une improbable transfiguration du réel quotidien : ces récits oscillent entre la jouissance et la résignation comme entre la faillite et le salut.

  • Drawn from Melville's own adolescent experience aboard a merchant ship, Redburn charts the coming-of-age of Wellingborough Redburn, a young innocent who embarks on a crossing to Liverpool together with a roguish crew. Once in Liverpool, Redburn encounters the squalid conditions of the city and meets Harry Bolton, a bereft and damaged soul, who takes him on a tour of London that includes a scene of rococo decadence unlike anything else in Melville's fiction. In her Introduction, Elizabeth Hardwick writes, "Redburn is rich in masterful portraits--a gallery of wild colors, pretensions and falsehoods, fleeting associations of unexpected tenderness. . . . Redburn is not a document; it is a work of art by the unexpected genius of a sailor, Herman Melville."
    /> This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the first American edition of 1849.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • "In The Confidence-Man," writes John Bryant in his Introduction, "Melville found a way to render our tragic sense of self and society through the comic strategies of the confidence game. He puts the reader in the game to play its parts and to contemplate the inconsistencies of its knaves and fools." Set on a Mississippi steamer on April Fool's Day and populated by a series of shape-shifting con men, The Confidence-Man is a challenging metaphysical and ethical exploration of antebellum American society. Set from the first American edition of 1857, this Modern Library paperback includes an Appendix with Bryant's innovative "fluid text" analysis of early manuscript fragments from Melville's novel.

  • INCLUDES THE TRUE STORY THAT INSPIRED MOBY-DICKWhen Ishmael sets sail on the whaling ship Pequod one cold Christmas Day, he has no idea of the horrors awaiting him out on the vast and merciless ocean. The ship's strange captain, Ahab, is in the grip of an obsession to hunt down the famous white whale, Moby Dick, and will stop at nothing on his quest to annihilate his nemesis.

  • Moby-Dick is one of the great epics in all of literature. Captain Ahab's hunt for the white whale drives the narrative at a relentless pace, while Ishmael's meditations on whales and whaling, on the sublime indifference of nature, and on the grimy physical details of the extraction of oil provide a reflective counterpoint to the headlong idolatrous quest. Sometimes read as a terrifying study of monomania or as a critical inquiry into the effects of reducing life to symbols, Moby-Dick also offers colorful and often comic glimpses of life aboard a whaling ship.
    For the first time, the authoritative editions of works by American novelists, poets, scholars, and essayists collected in the hardcover volumes of The Library of America are being published singly in a series of handsome paperback books. A distinguished writer has contributed an introduction for each volume, which also includes a chronology of the author's life an essay on the text, and notes.

  • If Melville had never written Moby Dick, his place in world literature would be assured by his short tales. "Billy Budd, Sailor," his last work, is the masterpiece in which he delivers the final summation in his "quarrel with God." It is a brilliant study of the tragic clash between social authority and individual freedom, human justice and abstract good. Melville also explores this theme in "Bartelby the Scrivener," his famous story about a Wall Street law clerk who takes passive resistance to a comic--and ultimately disastrous--extreme; and in "Benito Cereno," his dazzling account of oppression and rebellion on a nineteenth-century slave ship. Completing this collection of great tales are the eerie "The Encantados," the beautiful, romantic "The Piazza," and Melville's chilling science fiction parable, "The Bell-Tower."
    From the Paperback edition.

  • First published in 1856, five years after the appearance of Moby Dick, The Piazza Tales comprises six of Herman Melville's finest short stories. Included are two sea tales that encompass the essence of Melville's art: 'Benito Cereno,' an exhilarating account of mutiny and rescue aboard a disabled slave ship, which is a parable of man's struggle against the forces of evil, and 'The Encantadas,' ten allegorical sketches of the Galapagos Islands, which reveal nature to be both enchanting and horrifying. Two pieces explore themes of isolation and defeat found in Melville's great novels: 'Bartleby, the Scrivener,' a prophetically modern story of alienation and loss on nineteenth-century Wall Street, and 'The Bell-Tower,' a Faustian tale about a Renaissance architect who brings about his own violent destruction. The other two works reveal Melville's mastery of very different writing styles: 'The Lightning-Rod Man,' a satire showcasing his talent for Dickensian comedy, and 'The Piazza,' the title story of the collection, which anticipates the author's later absorption with poetry.

  • "What has cast such a shadow upon you?"
    "The Negro."
    With its intense mix of mystery, adventure, and a surprise ending, Benito Cereno at first seems merely a provocative example from the genre Herman Melville created with his early best-selling novels of the sea. However, most Melville scholars consider it his most sophisticated work, and many, such as novelist Ralph Ellison, have hailed it as the most piercing look at slavery in all of American literature.
    Based on a real life incident--the character names remain unchanged--Benito Cereno tells what happens when an American merchant ship comes upon a mysterious Spanish ship where the nearly all-black crew and their white captain are starving and yet hostile to offers of help. Melville's most focused political work, it is rife with allusions (a ship named after Santo Domingo, site of the slave revolt led by Toussaint L'Ouverture), analogies (does the good-hearted yet obtuse American captain refer to the American character itself?), and mirroring images that deepen our reflections on human oppression and its resultant depravities.
    It is, in short, a multi-layered masterpiece that rewards repeated readings, and deepens our appreciation of Melville's genius.
    The Art of The Novella Series
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    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • With an essay by Daniel G. Hoffmann.'Life is a pic-nic en costume; one must take a part, assume a character, stand ready in a sensible way to play the fool'In The Confidence-Man, Melville's unnerving and hallucinatory satire on the American dream, a slippery trickster and master of disguise comes to swindle his fellow passengers - who themselves may also be con-men - aboard a Mississippi steamboat. Billy Budd, Sailor, published after Melville's death in 1891, is a gripping allegory of good and evil, as an innocent man, pressed into service on a British man-of-war, is falsely accused of mutiny. Both these late works are animated with the dark genius of the greatest of American writers.The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

  • Wellington Redburn is a fifteen-year-old from the state of New York, with only one dream - to run away to sea. However, when he does fulfil this long-held fantasy, he quickly finds that reality as a cabin boy is far harsher than he ever imagined. Mocked by the crew on board the Highlander for his weakness and bullied by the vicious and merciless sailor Jackson, Wellington must struggle to endure the long journey from New York to Liverpool. But when he does reach England, he is equally horrified by what he finds there: poverty, desperation and moral corruption. Inspired by Melville's own youthful experiences on board a cargo boat, this is a compelling tale of innocence transformed, through bitter experience, into disillusionment. A fascinating sea journal and coming-of-age tale, Redburn provides a unique insight into the mind of one of America's greatest novelists.



  • Few literary masterpieces cast quite as awesome a shadow as Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Captain Ahab's quest for the white whale is a timeless epic - a thrilling tale of vengeance and obsession, and a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity.

  • This first volume of The Library of America's three-volume edition of the complete prose works of Herman Melville includes three romances of the South Seas. Typee and Omoo, based on the young Melville's experiences on a whaling ship, are exuberant accounts of the idyllic life among the "cannibals" in Polynesia. They remained his most popular works well into the 20th century. Mardi("the world" in Polynesian) is a mixture of love story, adventure, and political allegory, set on a mythical Pacific island, that looks forward to the complexities of Moby-Dick. Together, these three romances give early evidence of the genius and daring that make Melville the master novelist of the sea and a precursor of modernist literature. Two companion volumes--Herman Melville: Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick and Herman Melville: Pierre, Israel Potter, The Piazza Tales, The Confidence Man, Uncollected Prose, and Billy Budd complete this edition of Melville's prose.

  • Onboard the Fidele, a steamboat floating down the Mississippi to New Orleans, a confidence man sets out to defraud his fellow passengers. In quick succession he assumes numerous guises - from a legless beggar and a worldly businessman to a collector for charitable causes and a 'cosmopolitan' gentleman, who simply swindles a barber out of the price of a shave. Making very little from his hoaxes, the pleasure of trickery seems an end in itself for this slippery conman. Is he the Devil? Is his chicanery merely intended to expose the mercenary concerns of those around him? Set on April Fool's Day, The Confidence-Man (1857) is an engaging comedy of masquerades, digressions and shifting identity, and a devastating satire on the American dream.

  • 'No voice, no low, no howl is heard; the chief sound of life here is a hiss.'Stories and poems by Herman Melville drawn from his years at seaIntroducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.Herman Melville (1819-1891). Melville's works available in Penguin Classics are Moby-Dick, Pierre, The Confidence-Man, Omoo, Redburn, Israel Potter and Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories.

  • With an essay by Alfred Kazin.'The frail gunwales bent in, collapsed, and snapped, as both jaws, like an enormous shears, sliding further aft, bit the craft completely in twain...'Moby-Dick is one of the most expansive feats of imagination in the whole of literature: the mad, raging, Shakespearean tale of Captain Ahab's insane quest to kill a giant white whale that has taken his leg, and upon which he has sworn vengeance, at any cost. A creation unlike any other, this is an epic story of fatal monomania and the deepest dreams and obsessions of mankind.The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

  • A new, definitive edition of Herman Melville’s virtuosic short stories--American classics wrought with scorching fury, grim humor, and profound beauty
    Though best-known for his epic masterpiece Moby-Dick, Herman Melville also left a body of short stories arguably unmatched in American fiction. In the sorrowful tragedy of Billy Budd, Sailor; the controlled rage of Benito Cereno; and the tantalizing enigma of Bartleby, the Scrivener; Melville reveals himself as a singular storyteller of tremendous range and compelling power. In these stories, Melville cuts to the heart of race, class, capitalism, and globalism in America, deftly navigating political and social issues that resonate as clearly in our time as they did in Melville’s. Also including The Piazza Tales in full, this collection demonstrates why Melville stands not only among the greatest writers of the nineteenth century, but also as one of our greatest contemporaries.
    This Penguin Classics edition features the Reading Text of Billy Budd, Sailor, as edited from a genetic study of the manuscript by Harrison Hayford and Merton M. Sealts, Jr., and the authoritative Northwestern-Newberry text of The Piazza Tales.
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    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Herman Melville's final masterpiece, found unpublished on his desk at his death.
    Billy Budd, Sailor would emerge, after its publication in 1924, as one of Melville's best-loved books--and one of his most open, with its discussion of homosexualty.
    In it, Melville returns to the sea to tell the story of Billy, a cheerful, hard working, and handsome young sailor, conscripted to work against his will on another ship, where he soon finds himself persecuted by Claggart, the paranoid master-at-arms. As things escalate beyond the naive Billy's control, tragedy looms on the horizon like Melville's great white whale, and the story become Melville's final, sublime plunge into the classic tussle between civilization and chaos, between oppression and freedom, as well as the book in which he discusses homosexuality most openly.
    One of the major works of American literature.

  • Anglais Moby-Dick

    Herman Melville

    On board the whaling ship Pequod a crew of wise men and fools, renegades and seeming phantoms is hurled through treacherous seas by crazed Captain Ahab, a man hell-bent on hunting down the mythic White Whale. Melville transforms the little world of the whale ship into a crucible where mankind's fears, faith and frailties are pitted against a relentless fate. Teeming with ideas and imagery, and with its extraordinary intensity sustained by mischievous irony and moments of exquisite beauty, Moby-Dick is both a great American epic and a profoundly imaginative literary creation.This Macmillan Collector's Library edition features an afterword by Nigel Cliff.Designed to appeal to the booklover, Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautifully bound hardback gift editions of much loved classic titles. Bound in real cloth, printed on high quality paper, and featuring ribbon markers and gilt edges, Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

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