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Book Title: Les Nouvelles Confessions|
The author of the book: William Boyd
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Edition: Editions du Seuil
Date of issue: March 15th 1995
ISBN 13: 9782020239233
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Quand le plus subtil des écrivains anglais du XXe siècle rencontre l'un des philosophes les plus controversés du XVIIIe siècle, cela entraîne de profondes turbulences littéraires. William Boyd, donc, au cours de ses études, découvrit Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Il se prit alors pour le névrosé et teigneux philosophe d'une passion telle qu'il en fit un roman.
Son héros, John James Todd, cancre surdoué pour la musique et les chiffres, abandonne un beau jour le pensionnat pour venir déclarer sa flamme à sa tante. Premier coup de tête et premier désarroi, prélude à une longue suite de malentendus, de situations rocambolesques et de rencontres passionnantes. Plus tard, Todd, devenu cinéaste, n'a qu'une obsession : adapter pour le cinéma Les Confessions de Rousseau. Il y parviendra après avoir essuyé deux guerres mondiales, une vie de famille ratée, la censure du maccarthysme et finalement l'exil et le repentir. Et de s'interroger au soir de sa vie : "Mais qu'ai-je fait pour mériter ça ?"
Le roman de Boyd est une version subtile et impertinente du texte de Rousseau. Les confessions d'un homme épris de liberté mais navigant comme il peut dans les tempêtes de l'Histoire. --Stellio Paris
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Of Scottish descent, Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana on 7th March, 1952 and spent much of his early life there and in Nigeria where his mother was a teacher and his father, a doctor. Boyd was in Nigeria during the Biafran War, the brutal secessionist conflict which ran from 1967 to 1970 and it had a profound effect on him.
At the age of nine years he attended Gordonstoun school, in Moray, Scotland and then Nice University (Diploma of French Studies) and Glasgow University (MA Hons in English and Philosophy), where he edited the Glasgow University Guardian. He then moved to Jesus College, Oxford in 1975 and completed a PhD thesis on Shelley. For a brief period he worked at the New Statesman magazine as a TV critic, then he returned to Oxford as an English lecturer teaching the contemporary novel at St Hilda's College (1980-83). It was while he was here that his first novel, A Good Man in Africa (1981), was published.
Boyd spent eight years in academia, during which time his first film, Good and Bad at Games, was made. When he was offered a college lecturership, which would mean spending more time teaching, he was forced to choose between teaching and writing.
Boyd was selected in 1983 as one of the 20 'Best of Young British Novelists' in a promotion run by Granta magazine and the Book Marketing Council. He also became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in the same year, and is also an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has been presented with honorary doctorates in literature from the universities of St. Andrews, Stirling and Glasgow. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005.
Boyd has been with his wife Susan since they met as students at Glasgow University and all his books are dedicated to her. His wife is editor-at-large of Harper's Bazaar magazine, and they currently spend about thirty to forty days a year in the US. He and his wife have a house in Chelsea, West London but spend most of the year at their chateau in Bergerac in south west France, where Boyd produces award-winning wines.
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