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Erik Orsenna

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Erik Orsenna has published several novels, including L'Exposition coloniale, which was awaded the prix Goncourt. He was cultural advisor to French President Mitterand and has been a member of the Academie Francaise since 1998.
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Erik Orsenna has published several novels, including L'Exposition coloniale, which was awaded the prix Goncourt. He was cultural advisor to French President Mitterand and has been a member of the Academie Francaise since 1998.
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  • The Indies Enterprise

    The Indies Enterprise
    The twenty-five year old Christopher Columbus, shipwrecked off the Portuguese coast, makes his way to Lisbon and is reunited with his younger brother Bartholomeo, a gifted cartographer. The Genoese brothers spend the next eight years drumming up support for Christopher's great venture, the westward voyage in search of a quicker route to the Spice Islands and India. Unaware that the North American continent lies in their way, they call it the Indies Enterprise. Érik Orsenna's fascinating novel is the tale not of a voyage of exploration, but of the years preceding it and the many discoveries of a period of enlightened awakening and scientific curiosity. The story is told by Bartolomew in old age, living on the island of Hispaniola after Christopher's death. Despite its scientific spirit, the period witnessed the Inquisition and the savage persecution of Jews. The contradiction slowly dawns on Bartolomew through the "Indios" whose land has been taken, and who are now enslaved to the Europeans. Was the worm of man's inhumanity to man present in the fruit of their great enterprise all along? Érik Orsenna has written seven novels and been awarded the Roger Nimier and Goncourt prizes. He was elected to the French Academy in 1998, holding the seat formerly occupied by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and occupied several positions in governments of François Mitterrand during the 1980s and 1990s. His translated works include the novel Grammar is a Sweet, Gentle Song (2004) and A Portrait of the Gulf Stream (Haus Publishing, 2007).

    Portrait of the Gulf Stream

    Portrait of the Gulf Stream
    In Praise of Currents
    Passion and concern for the Gulf Stream motivated Erik Orsenna to travel far and wide to meet scholars and scientists who hold the key to the mysteries of this powerful ocean current. Spanning thousands of years of history, this book weaves between poetry and science to trace the influence of currents on our climate and culture.

    Andre le Notre

    Andre le Notre
    Gardener to the Sun King
    The gardens at Versailles, the most extravagant and influential gardens in European history, emerged from the long association of Louis XIV and his master gardener, André Le Nôtre. Born in Paris, the son and grandson of gardeners, Le Nôtre grew up in the

    A Portrait of the Gulf Stream

    A Portrait of the Gulf Stream
    In Praise of Currents
    Concerned about the possible demise of the Gulf Stream, Érik Orsenna read, investigated, interviewed experts, and traveled from the violent swirls off the coast of Florida to the maelstroms of Norway to better understand this most important of ocean currents. Part homage, part investigation, A Portrait of the Gulf Streamallows readers to join him on a voyage of discovery. From writing about the sea as varied as that of Socrates and Hemingway to scientific theory both ancient and modern, we discover the secrets of this most powerful and mysterious current. Érik Orsennais a Goncourt Prize–winning novelist and one of the forty "immortals" of the Académie Française, where he holds the seat formerly held by Commander Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

  • Voyage Aux Pays du Coton

    Voyage Aux Pays du Coton

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