Plague and Cholera

Titre : Plague and Cholera
Auteur : Patrick Deville
Éditeur : Hachette UK
ISBN-13 : 9781405526807
Libération : 2014-02-27

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Paris, May 1940. Nazi troops storm the city and at Le Bourget airport, on the last flight out, sits Dr Alexandre Yersin, his gaze politely turned away from his fellow passengers with their jewels sewn into their luggage. He is too old for the combat ahead, and besides he has already saved millions of lives. When he was the brilliant young protégé of Louis Pasteur, he focused his exceptional mind on a great medical conundrum: in 1894, on a Hong Kong hospital forecourt, he identified and vaccinated against bubonic plague, later named in his honour Yersinia pestis. Swiss by birth and trained in Germany and France, Yersin is the son of empiricism and endeavour; but he has a romantic hunger for adventure, fuelled by tales of Livingstone and Conrad, and sets sail for Asia. A true traveller of the century, he wishes to comprehend the universe. Medicine, agriculture, the engine of the new automobile, all must be opened up, examined and improved. Ceaselessly curious and courageous, Yersin stands, a lone genius,against a backdrop of world wars, pandemics, colonialism, progress and decadence. He is brought to vivid, thrilling life in Patrick Deville's captivating novel, which was a bestseller and shortlisted for every major literary award in France.

Naples 44

Titre : Naples 44
Auteur : Norman Lewis
Éditeur : Da Capo Press
ISBN-13 : 0786714387
Libération : 2004-12

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A memoir of war-ravaged Italy explores the disillusionment, hysteria, and escapism that greets the Americans when they arrive on Italian shores, focusing on both the chaos of war and the strange psycho-social foment raised by foreign occupation. Reprint.

The Good Brother

Titre : The Good Brother
Auteur : Chris Offutt
Éditeur : Simon and Schuster
ISBN-13 : 9780684846194
Libération : 1998-05-27

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Virgil, a soft-spoken Kentucky boy, must choose between the unwritten code of the hills and his own sense of morals when his hell-raising oldest brother Boyd is killed