Les Francaises

Author: Sonia Sieff
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN: 0847858596
Release Date: 2017-03-14
Genre: Photography

Sonia Sieff presents a collection of nudes ranging from alluring actresses to It girls. With Paris and its interiors as a frequent backdrop, Sonia Sieff gives readers an intimate portrait of some of France's most recognizable faces. From fashion models to writers and ballet dancers, Sieff captures the distinct personality of each while also depicting a unique sense of place. Beautifully staged and artfully shot, this book goes beyond Sieff 's previous commercial work that has gained attention from the public eye and focuses on her fascination with the female form. With more than 150 stunning photographs of Sieff 's subjects in Paris, in their homes, on the shores of Normandy, and in the gardens of Champagne, Les Francaises exhibits Sieff 's undeniable ability to capture the beauty of the female form while at once offering an intimate glimpse into the world these women inhabit. With work reminiscent of her father Jeanloup Sieff 's pioneering fashion photography, this book will appeal to lovers of provocative fashion, art, and photography.

Suite Francaise

Author: Irene Nemirovsky
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307371204
Release Date: 2009-03-18
Genre: Fiction

Suite Française is both a brilliant novel of wartime and an extraordinary historical document. An unmatched evocation of the exodus from Paris after the German invasion of 1940, and of life under the Nazi occupation, it was written by the esteemed French novelist Irène Némirovsky as events unfolded around her. This haunting masterpiece has been hailed by European critics as a War and Peace for the Second World War. Though she conceived the book as a five-part work (based on the form of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony), Irène Némirovsky was able to write only the first two parts, Storm in June and Dolce, before she was arrested in July 1942. She died in Auschwitz the following month. The manuscript was saved by her young daughter Denise; it was only decades later that Denise learned that what she had imagined was her mother’s journal was in fact an invaluable work of art. Storm in June takes place in the tumult of the evacuation from Paris in 1940, just before the arrival of the invading German army. It moves vividly between different levels of society–from the wealthy Péricand family, whose servants pack up their possessions for them, to a group of orphans from the 16th arrondissement escaping in a military truck. Némirovsky’s immense canvas includes deserting soldiers and terrified secretaries, cynical bank directors and hapless priests, egotistical writers and hardscrabble prostitutes–all thrown together in a chaotic attempt to escape the capital. Moving between them chapter by chapter, this thrilling novel describes a journey hampered and in some cases abandoned because of confusion, shelling, rumour, lack of supplies, bad luck and ordinary human weakness. Cars break down or are stolen; relatives are forgotten; friends are divided; but there are also moments of love and charity. Throughout, whether depicting saintly forbearance or the basest selfishness, Storm in June neither sweetens nor demonizes its characters; unsentimentally, with stunning perceptiveness, Némirovsky shows the complexities that mean no-one is simply a hero or villain. The second volume, Dolce, is set in the German-occupied village of Bussy. Again, Némirovsky switches seamlessly between social strata, from tenant farmers to the local aristocracy. The focus, however, is on the delicate, secret love affair between a German soldier and the French woman in whose house he has been billeted; the passion, doubts and deceits of their burgeoning relationship echo the complex mixture of hostility and acceptance felt by the occupied community as a whole. Némirovsky is amazingly sensitive in her depiction of changing, often contradictory emotions, but her attention to the personal is matched by her sharp-eyed discussion of small-town life and the politics of occupation. In this myth-dissolving book, the French villagers see the Germans as oppressive warriors, but also as handsome young men, and occupation does nothing to remedy the condescension and envy that bedevil relations between rich and poor. Quite apart from the astonishing story of its survival, Suite Française is a novel of genius and lasting artistic value. Subtle, often fiercely ironic, and deeply compassionate, it is both a piercing record of its time and a humane, profoundly moving novel. From the Hardcover edition.

Une Femme Fran aise

Author: Catherine Malandrino
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250097668
Release Date: 2017-11-14
Genre: Self-Help

All American women aspire to have the nonchalant style and grace of French women, that je ne sais quoi that makes all of their habits seem natural and effortless. In Une Femme Française, fashion designer Catherine Malandrino, a Frenchwoman who has lived and worked in the US for thirty years, reveals French women’s secrets for an American audience. Grab a café crème and learn: - To be your own creation, not a slave to the latest fashion - What defines une femme Française: the little black dress, the boyish look, the rebel touch, and the carefree attitude - The secrets of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the avatar of American women who admire the French - Hair- and skin-care tricks from Paris It Girls - That nonchalance, more than perfume, is sexy - How to seduce anyone - Why red is a necessity - The real reason French women don't get fat: food is family

Contacts Langue et culture fran aises

Author: Jean-Paul Valette
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781133309581
Release Date: 2013-01-01
Genre: Foreign Language Study

One of the most popular and trusted introductory French programs available, CONTACTS: LANGUE ET CULTURE FRANÇAISES is renowned for its superior grammar sequencing, four-skills presentation and practice, vocabulary control, and supportive pedagogy. More learner friendly than ever, the new ninth edition features an all-new design while maintaining hallmark strengths like logical progression and clear organization, which have successfully served more than half a million CONTACTS users. The program reflects the realities of the contemporary French and Francophone worlds while effectively preparing readers for work, study, and travel abroad with its practical illustrations and activities. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Pour Toutes les Fran aises Classic Reprint

Author: Emma Angot
Publisher: Forgotten Books
ISBN: 0656608226
Release Date: 2018-02-14
Genre: Education

Excerpt from Pour Toutes les Francaises Naitre en France de parents francais, vivre dans un milieu francais, etudier aux ecoles francaises, cela suffisait autrefois avant la guerre pour que la formation de l'enfant fut francaise sans que les parents et les mai tres eussent une tache speciale a remplir en sus de l'enseignement propre a faire un homme ou une femme. Tout etait francais en France on n'y parlait que le francais, on y jouait a des jeux francais, on y portait des modes francaises, on s'y piquait de politesse, de reserve et de bonne tenue. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Combats de femmes 1914 1918 Les Fran aises pilier de l effort de guerre

Author: Évelyne Morin-Rotureau
Publisher: Autrement
ISBN: 9782746738409
Release Date: 2014-01-08T00:00:00+01:00
Genre: History

Aux champs, dans les usines, dans les hôpitaux, les Françaises ont participé massivement à l’effort de guerre. Elles doivent gérer seules le quotidien et soutenir le moral des soldats. Certaines ont décidé de résister au patriotisme aveugle en s’opposant au militarisme et à la guerre, en dénonçant des conditions de travail pénibles, dangereuses et sous-payées, ou en s’opposant à ce que les enfants soient embrigadés comme « graines de poilus ». La Grande Guerre a marqué un tournant dans l’émancipation féminine en France. Cependant, ce sont les hommes qui sont morts dans l’horreur des tranchées et les femmes ont le sentiment plus ou moins conscient d’une dette envers eux. Dès l’armistice, chacun reprend sa place et les femmes demeurent exclues de la citoyenneté. Contrairement à leurs voisines danoises, allemandes, autrichiennes et anglaises, il leur faudra attendre presque trente ans pour avoir accès au droit de vote... « Un ouvrage intelligent, bien conçu, pour redécouvrir ces femmes des années vingt et mieux comprendre celles d’aujourd’hui. » ELLE.

Les fran aises dans la guerre et l Occupation

Author: Michèle Cointet
Publisher: Fayard
ISBN: 9782213702896
Release Date: 2018-09-19
Genre: History

Les dirigeants de Vichy n’ont réussi à imposer inaction et silence qu’à leurs propres femmes. Car jamais, dans leur histoire, les Françaises ne se sont autant engagées que pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Dans ce bel essai, Michèle Cointet dresse le portrait de cette France au féminin, des collaborationnistes et familières du pouvoir, telles la Maréchale ou Josée Laval, aux résistantes et déportées. En suivant les destins des nombreuses volontaires de la France libre, des chefs de la Résistance, Berty Albrecht ou Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, et des petites mains, l’auteur restitue les formes multiples de l’engagement des femmes dans la guerre. Car si les convictions politiques en étaient parfois le moteur, il fut souvent le fait d’une éducation patriotique et d’une éthique. Une dimension que l’on retrouve dans la difficile question de la déportation féminine. Autant de questions renouvelées par le regard d’une historienne avertie des réalités de la société française et qui éclaire d’une manière inédite l’histoire des femmes jusque dans l’après-guerre. La voie de leur intégration à la vie politique était en effet ouverte. Professeur émérite d’histoire contemporaine à l’université de Tours, Michèle Cointet a écrit de nombreux ouvrages sur la Résistance, la collaboration et le gaullisme ; plusieurs ont été couronnés, notamment par l’Académie française. Elle a ainsi publié Nouvelle Histoire de Vichy (Fayard, 2012, grand prix Ouest-France/Société générale) et Histoire des 16. Les premières femmes parlementaires en France (Fayard, 2017).