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Bowd, Gavin 1966-

Overview
Works: 62 works in 202 publications in 3 languages and 3,032 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  History  Science fiction  Biography  Biographical fiction  Novels  Romance fiction  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Creator
Classifications: PQ2668.O77, 843.914
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Most widely held works about Gavin Bowd
 
Most widely held works by Gavin Bowd
The map and the territory by Michel Houellebecq( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having made his name with an exhibition of photographs of Michelin roadmaps - beautiful works that won praise from every corner of the art world - Jed Martin is now emerging from a ten-year hiatus. And he has had some good news. It has nothing to do with his broken boiler, the approach of another lamentably awkward annual Christmas dinner with his father or the memory of his doomed love affair with the beautiful Olga. It is that, for his new exhibition, he has secured the involvement of none other than the French novelist Michel Houellebecq. The great writer has agreed to write the text for the exhibition guide, for which he will be paid handsomely and also have his portrait painted by Jed. The exhibition - 'Professions', a series of portraits of ordinary and extraordinary people at work - brings Jed new levels of global fame. Yet his boiler is still broken, his ailing father flirts with oblivion and, worse still, he is contacted by one Inspector Jasselin, who requests his assistance in solving an unspeakable, atrocious and gruesome crime. Art, money, fathers, sons, death, love and the transformation of France into a tourist paradise come together to create a daringly playful and original twist on the contemporary novel from a modern master of the form
The possibility of an island by Michel Houellebecq( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A worldwide phenomenon and the most famous French novelist since Camus, Michel Houellebecq now delivers his magnum opus - a tale of our present circumstances told from the future, when humanity as we know it has vanished." "Having made a fortune producing comedies that skewer mankind's consumerism, religious fundamentalism, sexual profligacy, and other affronts, Daniel is forty before he falls prey to the human condition himself: his beloved's body sags with age, their marriage dissolves, and true happiness seems a luxury reserved for their dog, Fox. After the colossal failure of his second great love affair, he joins a cult of health fanatics determined to produce a misery-free eternal life - manifested here in the voices of Daniel's subsequent clones, who enjoy the umpteenth Fox's companionship but shun the bands of fugitive "humans" on the horizon. Their commentary on Daniel's fate, and on the race as a whole, illuminates the basic tenets of our existence - laughter, tears, love, remorse - and their nostalgia for such emotions, all of which have long since disappeared." "Laugh-out-loud funny, philosophically compelling, and flatly heartbreaking, The Possibility of an Island is at once an indictment, an elegy, and a celebration of everything we have and are at risk of losing."--Jacket
Fascist Scotland : Caledonia and the far right by Gavin Bowd( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On 10 May 1941, Rudolf Hess, Deputy Fuhrer of the Third Reich, entered Scottish airspace in an ill-fated attempt to discuss peace with the Duke of Hamilton. For the Nazis, Hess was the victim of 'tragic hallucinations'. But how far had Hess really flown from reality? Although Fascism in Britain is normally associated with England, and especially the East End of London, and even then dismissed as a marginal political phenomenon, Fascism did find support in Scottish society. Scotland has provided its own cohort of idealists, fanatics and traitors for extreme racist, nationalist and authorit
The last communard : Adrien Lejeune, the unexpected life of a revolutionary by Gavin Bowd( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides a narrative of the life and work of Adriene Lejeune. Beginning with his birth in Bagnolet in 1847, it traces his role in the uprising of the Paris Commune, his immigration to Russia, his life in the Soviet Union, his flight to Siberia in 1941 in the wake of the Nazi invasion of western Russia and his death there in 1942
La vie culturelle dans la France occupée : 1914-1918 by Gavin Bowd( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in French and English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"L'occupation allemande de la France en 1914-1918, qui toucha plus de deux millions de civils, a été enfouie sous des mémoires concurrentielles. C'est tout récemment qu'elle a revu le jour dans les travaux d'historiens. Pourtant, ces études s'intéressent surtout à l'épreuve matérielle que subit la population de la zone occupée, où le problème du ravitaillement finit par dominer la vie quotidienne. Notre étude se propose donc d'explorer les divers aspects d'une vie culturelle qui subsista malgré -- et à cause de -- l'occupation allemande : littérature, théâtre, cinéma, musique et sport; l'enseignement et la religion. Pour ce faire, nous analyserons les mémoires d'occupés, les œuvres littéraires publiées pendant et (surtout) après le onflit, la presse de propagande allemande et la presse clandestine, aussi bien que les travaux de recherce récents qui commencent à mieux éclairer l'expérience de ceux qui se trouvèrent " retranchés " derrière la ligne de front. Puisque cette Première Guerre mondiale se présente souvent comme une guerre dans le domaine de la culture, entre " barbarie " et " civilisation ", la culture est instrumentalisée en zone occupée comme ailleurs. La culture peut servir à résister, à survivre, mais aussi à coexister avec l'ennemi, voire à collaborer. Finalement. nous verrons comment la mémoire de cette occupation méconnue s'inscrit avec difficulté dans la vie culturelle française."--
Unreconciled : poems, 1991-2013 : a bilingual edition by Michel Houellebecq( Book )

3 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected poems from the critically acclaimed author of Submission and The Elementary Particles. A selection of poems chosen from four collections of one of France's authors, Unreconciled shines a fresh light on Michel Houellebecq and reveals the radical singularity of his work. Drawing on themes that are similar to the ones in his novels, these poems are a journey into the depths of individual experience and universal passions. Divided into five parts, Unreconciled forms a narrative of love, hopelessness, catastrophe, dedication, and--ultimately--redemption. In a world of supermarkets and public transportation, indifferent landscapes and lonely nights, Houellebecq manages to find traces of divine grace even as he exposes our inexorable decline into chaos. Told through forms and rhythms that are both ancient and new, with language steeped in the everyday, Unreconciled stands in the tradition of Baudelaire while making a bold new claim on contemporary verse. It reveals that in addition to his work as an incisive novelist, Houellebecq is one of our most perceptive poets with a vision of our era that brims with tensions that cannot--and will not--be reconciled
Impure and worldly geography : Pierre Gourou and tropicality by Gavin Bowd( )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2019 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tropicality' is a centuries-old Western discourse that treats otherness and the exotic in binary - 'us' and 'them' - terms. It has long been implicated in empire and its anxieties over difference. However, little attention has been paid to its twentieth-century genealogy.0This book explores this neglected history through the work of Pierre Gourou, one of the century's foremost purveyors of what anti-colonial writer Aime Cesaire dubbed 'tropicalite'. It explores how Gourou's interpretations of 'the nature' of the tropical world, and its innate difference from the temperate world, were built on the shifting sands of twentieth-century history - empire and freedom, modernity and disenchantment, war and revolution, culture and civilisation, and race and development. The book addresses key questions about the location and power of knowledge by focusing on Gourou's cultivation of the tropics as a romanticised, networked and affective domain. The book probes what Cesaire described as Gourou's 'impure and worldly geography' as a way of opening up interdisciplinary questions of geography, ontology, epistemology, experience and materiality
Paul Morand et la Roumanie by Gavin Bowd( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in French and Romanian and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Roumanie se trouve au coeur du drame existentiel, spirituel et politique de Paul Morand. Les rapports entre l'auteur et la Roumanie nous offrent non seulement des aperçus sur l'idéologie et la politique vichystes, mais nous y trouvons aussi un exemple de "l'amitié franco-roumaine", qui renvoie à la question fondamentale de l'identité des Roumains. Cette étude aborde ces questions, s'appuyant sur les oeuvres littéraires de Paul Morand et des textes jusqu'ici inédits : correspondance privée et documents d'archives
Guillevic, Sauvage de la modernite by Gavin Bowd( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in French and Undetermined and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La double culture de Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo : entre Latins et Scythes by Gavin Bowd( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in French and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cette étude sur le poète national de Madagascar situe la vie et l'oeuvre de Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo (1903-1937) dans leur contexte colonial et post-colonial, puisant dans les archives et son journal récemment publié. Elle explore en particulier les rapports complexes entre Rabearivelo et les colons français, notamment le Gouverneur général Léon Cayla, puis le débat autour du sens de son suicide, qui continue jusqu'à nos jours. Est-ce que Rabearivelo, "prince des poètes" selon Senghor, serait une victime du colonialisme français ? Comment expliquer son attachement aux idées et à la personne de Charles Maurras ? Premier poète majeur de la francophonie, attiré par la culture occidentale mais sensible à l'appel de ses ancêtres, cet écrivain et passeur maudit se trouve tiraillé entre "Latins" et "Scythes"."--Page [4] of cover
L'interminable enterrement : le communisme et les intellectuels français depuis 1956 by Gavin Bowd( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in French and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"1956 : les troupes soviétiques imposent un gouvernement dirigé par J. Kadar et brisent la résistance de la population. Cet événement fera date parmi les intellectuels communistes français entraînant pour certains une prise de conscience douloureuse. L'auteur étudie, dans la ligne de F. Furet, la désillusion et le déclin du comunisme, comme les diverses tentatives de le refonder
Savages : the spectre by Sabri Louatah( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louatah's electric sequel to book one in the Savages series takes us into a country in a state of shock after France's most popular presidential candidate is shot on election night. In an already tense crowd on election night, France's first Arab presidential candidate Chaouch is shot at close range by the young and naïve Krim Nerrouche. As shock pulses through the nation, Paris is put on high alert, because although Krim's finger pulled the trigger, it becomes clear he was not the mastermind behind the attack. Now, he must survive endless interrogations with the anti-terrorist police without revealing the location of the cousin he is fiercely protecting. As investigations get underway, Chaouch is transferred to intensive care, hovering between life and death with his heartbroken family at his side. Later that evening, it is announced that he received the most votes in the election, but he might not ever wake up to this news. Meanwhile his daughter is facing the fact that not only is her father in a critical condition, she may not be allowed to see her boyfriend again - for he is a member of the sprawling Nerrouche family, who are currently all being treated as suspects by the authorities. Savages 2: The Spectre takes us on an electrifying journey behind the scenes of power and into the heart of a state undermined by the most unprecedented attack in recent history. A family is torn apart and riots are breaking out in the housing projects of the Nerrouche family's home in Saint Etienne, as relations become fraught with tension. Louatah builds the pace in this gripping sequel that will keep you turning its pages to the end to discover the future of a family and the destiny of a nation on the verge of a dangerously explosive moment in time
Un géographe français et la Roumanie : Emmanuel de Martonne, 1873-1955 by Gavin Bowd( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in French and Undetermined and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

C'est avant la Grande Guerre, sur la frontière entre la Hongrie et la Roumanie, qu'Emmanuel de Martonne commence son immense oeuvre de géographe. Epris de son paysage et de son peuple, il se met au service de la cause de la "Grande Roumanie" : en tant que "traceur de frontières" à la Conférence de Versailles, puis comme "missionnaire" de la France, notamment dans la Transylvanie "libérée" et défenseur des nouvelles frontières contre le révisionnisme hongrois et la Geopolitik allemande
La France et la Roumanie communiste by Gavin Bowd( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in French and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce livre s'appuie sur des publications et des documents inédits du Quai d'Orsay et du Parti communiste français et roumain et de la Securitate à Bucarest. S'inscrivant dans l'histoire de "l'amitié franco-roumaine" et de la politique étrangère française d'après guerre ce livre examine les relations complexes et passionnelles entre ces deux pays, pendant l'occupation, la guerre froide, sous Ceausescu et depuis
Le dernier communard : Adrien Lejeune by Gavin Bowd( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in French and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans le cimetière du Père-Lachaise se trouve un petit tombeau noir portant une simple épitaphe : "Adrien Lejeune, dernier communard, décédé à Novossibirsk, URSS, 1942". Quelle a été sa vie? Que faisait-il en URSS au plus noir de la Seconde Guerre mondiale? Pourquoi et comment a-t-il regagné ce coin de Paris? Cette étude, très documentée, tente de faire la part entre la réalité et le mythe du dernier communard, et d'inscrire la construction de ce mythe dans la bataille symbolique autour de la mémoire de la Commune de Paris
Le monde de Houellebecq( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in French and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unreconciled : poems 1991-2013 by Michel Houellebecq( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A shimmering selection of poems chosen from four collections of one of France's most exciting authors, Unreconciled shines a fresh light on Michel Houellebecq and reveals the radical singularity of his work. Drawing on themes that are similar to the ones in his novels, these poems are a journey into the depths of individual experience and universal passions. Divided into five parts, Unreconciled forms a narrative of love, hopelessness, catastrophe, dedication, and--ultimately--redemption. In a world of supermarkets and public transportation, indifferent landscapes and lonely nights, Houellebecq manages to find traces of divine grace even as he exposes our inexorable decline into chaos. Told through forms and rhythms that are both ancient and new, with language steeped in the everyday, Unreconciled stands in the tradition of Baudelaire while making a bold new claim on contemporary verse. It reveals that in addition to his work as an incisive novelist, Houellebecq is one of our most perceptive poets with a vision of our era that brims with tensions that cannot--and will not--be reconciled
Les guerres et les mots du général Paul Azan : soldat et historien (1874-1951) by Gavin Bowd( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in French and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Figure brillante et bruyante de l'Afrique du Nord française, ses écrits et ses faits d'armes firent de lui un ami du maréchal Lyautey. Sa vie embrasse grosso modo la grandeur et la décadence de l'idée coloniale de la France. Jusqu'à sa mort, le général Azan fut une figure à la fois au centre et en marge, non seulement par son appartenance à l'Armée d'Afrique, mais surtout en tant que soldat écrivain. A peu près oublié aujourd'hui, son itinéraire mérite d'être connu
Savages : the wedding by Sabri Louatah( Book )

2 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Saturday in May. Paris. It's the eve of the French presidential elections - 'The Election of the Century' say the newspaper headlines - and Chaouch, the nation's first Arab candidate, has victory in his sights. It has been a long campaign, and with his wife Esther and daughter Jasmine by his side, he spends the remaining hours with close advisors in a hotel in Nimes. Much of the dinner table chatter revolves around Jasmine's boyfriend; Fouad Nerrouche, a well-known actor with the same Algerian origins as her father, who has just publicly endorsed Chaouch's candidacy. However shallow it may seem, it's difficult to ignore the influence of celebrity support in this complex and unpredictable race . . . The same day. Saint-Etienne. The Nerrouche family is frantically preparing for a grand wedding, and Fouad himself is there to help out. But younger cousin Krim - who has recently lost his job - is becoming increasingly agitated, and no one knows why. As the day goes on, it becomes clear that the cousin's problems go far deeper than unemployment. Krim has been stealing from a local gang leader and after being discovered, found himself indebted to his powerful cousin, Nazir - Fouad's brother. Nazir is a very shady figure, and is heavily involved in a dark underworld of crime. Together, their plans will cause Fouad's two very different worlds to meet in a way no one would have dared to imagine. Within a few hours, the threads start to unravel, and the collision between the destiny of a family and the hopes of a country becomes inevitable
 
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The possibility of an island
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The possibility of an islandGrounding a world : essays on the work of Kenneth White : the St Andrews Symposium organised by Gavin Bowd and Charles Forsdick at the University of St Andrews, 10-11 October 2003
Alternative Names
Bowd, Gavin Philip 1966-

Languages
English (77)

French (54)

Romanian (3)