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Salvayre, Lydie

Works: 68 works in 405 publications in 13 languages and 4,125 library holdings
Genres: Novels  Fiction  Satirical literature  History  Black humor  Historical fiction  Humorous fiction  Political fiction  Biographical fiction  Biography 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Narrator, Interviewee, Actor
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Most widely held works about Lydie Salvayre
Most widely held works by Lydie Salvayre
Pas pleurer : roman by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

52 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aged fifteen, as Franco's forces begin their murderous purges and cities across Spain rise up against the old order, Montse has never heard the word fascista before. In any case, the villagers say facha (the ch is a real Spanish ch, by the way, with a real spit). Montse lives in a small village, high in the hills, where few people can read or write and fewer still ever leave. If everything goes according to her mother's plan, Montse will never leave either. She will become a good, humble maid for the local landowners, much simas gracias, with every Sunday off to dance the jota in the church square. But Montse's world is changing. Her brother Jos has just returned from Lerida with a red and black scarf and a new, dangerous vocabulary and his words are beginning to open up new realms to his little sister. She might not understand half of what he says, but how can anyone become a maid in the Burgos family when their head is ringing with shouts of Revolucion, Comunidad and Libertad? The war, it seems, has arrived in the nick of time
The power of flies by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a tightly introspective series of first-person confessions by an arrogant murder convict whose life was transformed by reading Blaise Pascal. By turns angry, tricky and despairing, the narrator offers a disjointed narrative about his life leading up to the murder of his father. Gradually, the narrator's hatred for his father takes on an all-devouring power of flies. The novel seethes in a classically dark, French way
Portrait of the writer as a domesticated animal : a novel by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The narrator accepts a job writing a laudatory authorized biography of a fast-food magnate, whose egotism borders on megalomania. She thus enters a world of call girls, celebrities, investment portfolios, and bitter rivalries where the desire to dominate others motivates every decision. Quickly seduced, she fully embraces the silver platters and evening chats with Robert de Niro--until her cold-hearted brutish boss receives an unexpected visit from his mother who upends his faith in the corporate world, threatening to destroy his opulent lifestyle and his sanity
Everyday life by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

16 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The hiring of a new secretary shouldn't be a big deal--just a slight a change in the office environment. But for the protagonist of this novel, it is a declaration of war, a call to arms: "The new secretary has only been here two days," she says, "and I'm already talking about evil, a word I shouldn't even be using--arming myself for battle and choosing my weapons." Her quiet life of sacrifice and service has been rudely disrupted by the new hire, and she is not--despite the advice of her doctor, her neighbors, and her daughter--about to leave it at that. Instead, sabotage, alcohol, and kindness become the arsenal in a conflict fought across copy rooms and office parties. But the humor is undercut by a sadness, a sense of defeat that makes this slim novel resonate with the injustice of our increasingly impersonal, corporate world."--Publisher's website
The lecture by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the oddest characters in contemporary fiction, the lecturer can't help but digress about his sad life in the midst of his speech, although he's too self-deluded to realize quite how sad it is. Salvayre's The Lecture is an example of political double-talk and misogyny run wild."--Jacket
The award by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An award ceremony at a car plant in France becomes an exercise in Orwellian doublespeak, company executives and workers exchanging flattering speeches full of double meaning. The message of the bosses is stay submissive, that of the workers, you are killing us. A satire on the corporate world
La compagnie des spectres : roman by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

41 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A l'huissier qui vient saisir ses meubles, un jour de 1997, dans l'appartement qu'elle occupe avec sa fille à Créteil, une femme hurle : "c'est Darnand qui t'envoie". Rien ne peut lui faire entendre raison. Pour elle, le monde s'est arrêté en 1943 le jour où son frère, alors âgé de dix-huit ans, a été torturé à mort par deux jeunes apprentis miliciens. Depuis, elle vit dans la compagnie des fantômes de l'Occupation, de ceux qu'elle appelle Darnand et le "maréchal Putain". L'irruption de l'huissier la renvoie à ses peurs, ses haines, sa folie. Et un étrange huis clos s'instaure entre l'officier ministériel qui ne dit rien mais accomplit sa tâche, la fille qui tente vainement de calmer sa mère et la mère qui vitupère de plus belle. "Nul n'est puissant, dit maman, s'il n'empêche la parole de l'autre par quelque moyen que ce soit." Plus qu'une méditation sur le passé, ce texte d'une violence théâtrale, saisissant dès la première ligne, est une réflexion sur les rapports entre le pouvoir et le langage, sur la folie et la liberté
Les belles âmes : roman by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

26 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Réal Voyage organise, pour les belles âmes, des visites de grandes villes pour en découvrir l'envers et leur désolation. Mais cet admirable projet va être mis à mal. Car dans l'autobus, il y a Jason, le trouble-fête, que les pleurnicheries de ses voisins enragent à l'extrême. Et il y a Olympe. Olympe qui se tait parce qu'elle n'a pas les mots, mais dont le rire s'entend de l'autre côté de la mer
La méthode Mila : roman by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in French and German and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman philosophique. Roman psychologique (formation)
The company of ghosts : followed by some useful advice for apprentice process-servers by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Some Useful Advice for Apprentice Process-Servers - a short piece also included in this book - the author grants the process-server a right of reply, which he uses to chilling effect."--Jacket
Passage à l'ennemie : roman by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in French and Dutch and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse : Roman de société. Roman d'amour
Tout homme est une nuit : roman by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

8 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Men return to others the brutality of an order from which they suffer. They invent themselves at little expense of convenient enemies. Some fears within them act upon them. Questions as old as the world but of burning topicality, to which Lydie Salvayre gives here literary form. A novel, then, and of a jubilant causticity, which confronts, on the one hand: a loner, a scholar, a step-quite-like, a step-all-in-conformity , a sick man who chose to retire to a place of beauty, and on the other: the inhabitants of a peaceful village that the arrival of this new, this intruder, jostles and deeply disconcerted. Very soon there will arise, between one and the other, misunderstanding and mistrust, then misunderstandings and evil suspicions, then the great unfounded fears and the violence that they secretly secrete. Since every man is a night.--Translation of page 4 of cover by Seuil
Hymne : roman by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in French and Spanish and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Le matin du 18 août 1969, à Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix joua un hymne américain d'une puissance quasiment insoutenable. Parce qu'il avait du sang noir et du sang cherokee mélangé de sang blanc, parce qu'il était donc toute l'Amérique, parce que la guerre au Vietnam soulevait en lui un violent mouvement de refus que toute une jeunesse partageait, parce que sa guitare était sa lady électrique, sa passion, sa maison, sa faim, sa force et qu'il en jouait avec génie, Jimi Hendrix fit de cette interprétation un événement. Revenant sur ce moment inoubliable, Lydie Salvayre tire les fils de la biographie pour réécrire la légende de Jimi, sa beauté, sa démesure, mais aussi sa part sombre, ses failles et la brutalité du système dont il était captif et qui finirait un jour par le briser."--Page 4 of cover
BW by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in French and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le récit d'un homme, BW, qui vient brutalement de perdre l'usage de ses yeux. Editeur qui consacra sa vie à la littérature, il relate son parcours qui commence par une fugue. Le lecteur le suit dans sa passion pour la course, lors de son arrêt en Afghanistan, de son ascension de l'Himalaya ou durant la guerre au Liban
La déclaration : roman by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

25 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'auteur s'applique dans ce roman à la chirurgie minutieuse et cruelle des sentiments mineurs, des petites perturbations intérieures qui vont conduire lentement son héros à la folie
7 femmes by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sept femmes. Sept figures emblématiques de la littérature qui ont follement investi leur vie. Leur relation à l'écriture est passionnelle, et, pour certaines d'entre elles, les a conduit au suicide. Singulières et exigeantes, elles transcendent leur douleur personnelle dans l'oeuvre. Leur rapport au quotidien, qu'elles considèrent médiocre et sans intérêt, est vécu comme tragique. Mais ce "quotidien" n'est-il pas aujourd'hui celui qui a marqué l'Histoire ? Celui du Paris d'avant-guerre, des Années folles, de la Russie stalinienne? Comment retranscrire une oeuvre au travers de la vie même de son auteur ? Lydie Salvayre s'adonne à cet exercice de portraitiste, comme l'ont déjà magnifiquement réussi Cioran et Sainte-Beuve, en choisissant celles dont la lecture a marqué sa vie et par là-même fécondé son oeuvre : Emily Brönte (1818-1848), Colette (1873-1954), Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941), Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973) et Sylvia Plath (1932-1963). Dérangeantes, scandaleuses, elles ont témoigné à leur façon du monde dont elles ont autant souffert qu'elles ont contribué à la façonner? Leurs oeuvres sont désormais des monuments littéraires. Lydie Salvayre les fait revivre en écrivant leur histoire, leur beauté, leur démesure, leur rébellion mais aussi leur côté sombre et leur désespérance
Et que les vers mangent le boeuf mort! by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un recueil de sept textes, dont certains inédits, dans lesquels l'auteur aborde divers sujets : les dessins érotiques de Picasso, les huissiers de justice, etc
Le vif du vivant by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in French and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quelques conseils utiles aux élèves huissiers by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in French and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contre by Lydie Salvayre( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lydie Salvayre a conçu ce texte en vue d'une lecture publique pour les rencontres de la Chartreuse du festival d'Avignon, en collaboration avec les guitaristes S. Teyssot Gay et Marc Sens. Le livre est accompagné d'un cd dont la version live permet de restituer la dimension scénique et vocale de cette aventure collective
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Portrait of the writer as a domesticated animal : a novelEveryday lifeThe lectureThe awardLa compagnie des spectres : romanThe company of ghosts : followed by some useful advice for apprentice process-servers
Alternative Names
Arjona Lydie

Arjona, Lydie 1948-

Arjona Salvayre, Lydie

Lydie Salvayre

Lydie Salvayre escriptora francesa

Lydie Salvayre escritora francesa

Lydie Salvayre francouzská spisovatelka

Lydie Salvayre Frans psychiatrice

Lydie Salvayre Franse auteur en (kinder)psychiater

Lydie Salvayre französische Medizinerin und Schriftstellerin

Lydie Salvayre French writer

Salvayre, Lydie

Salvayre, Lydie 1948

Лідія Сальвер

Сальвер, Лидия

סאלבר, לידי. הנדלסמן, שלומית

סלבר, לידי

لیدی سالویر

살베르, 리디 1948-

쌀베르, 리디 1948-

아르호나, 리디 1948-