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Brown, Andrew (Literary translator)

Works: 75 works in 279 publications in 1 language and 9,597 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  History  Biographies  Short stories, French  Satirical literature  Thrillers (Fiction)  Introductions  Short stories  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Author of introduction, tra
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Most widely held works by Andrew Brown
Derrida : a biography by Benoît Peeters( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This biography of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) tells the story of a Jewish boy from Algiers, excluded from school at the age of twelve, who went on to become the most widely translated French philosopher in the world - a vulnerable, tormented man who, throughout his life, continued to see himself as unwelcome in the French university system."--Back cover
Happiness : a philosopher's guide by Frédéric Lenoir( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A huge bestseller in Europe, Frederic Lenoir's Happiness is an exciting journey that examines how history's greatest philosophers and religious figures have answered life's most fundamental question: What is happiness and how do I achieve it? From the ancient Greeks on--from Aristotle, Plato, and Chuang Tzu to the Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad; from Voltaire, Spinoza, and Schopenhauer to Kant, Freud, and even modern neuroscientists--Lenoir considers the idea that true and lasting happiness is indeed possible."--Jacket
For a night of love by Émile Zola( )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these three short stories, Emile Zola presents characters in search of fulfillment--romantic, religious, and financial. Read together, they give us an extraordinary depiction of sexual mores. When the apparently angelic Therese commits murder, she offers sexual favors to a petty clerk if he will dispose of the body; the pregnant Flavie manipulates a neighbor's interest in her dowry to arrange a shotgun wedding; church-going women find their hunger for Christianity unsatisfied by a vapid priest--beautiful and poignant stories unified by the powerful themes of deception and discontent
On love : a philosophy for the twenty-first century by Luc Ferry( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"All the great ideals that gave life meaning in earlier societies--God, the nation, revolution, freedom, democracy--are in disarray today, widely questioned, and rejected outright by the many people who have lost faith in them. But there is another value, rooted in the birth of the modern family and in the passage from traditional to modern marriage, which has transformed our lives in profound and often unrecognized ways: love. It affects not only our personal lives but many aspects of our social and collective life, too, from art and education to politics. In this book, Luc Ferry shows how the quiet rise of love as the central value in modern societies has created a new principle of meaning and a new definition of the good life that requires a completely different kind of philosophical thinking. It forms the basis for a new philosophy for the twenty-first century and a new kind of humanism for the modern world--not a humanism of reason and rights, but a humanism of solidarity and sympathy. The ideal behind this new realism has nothing to do with nationalism and revolution: it has moved beyond the organized violence that was driven by deadly and often inhumane principles. Instead, it aims to prepare and ensure a future for those we love most: our future generations."--Jacket
Believe and destroy : intellectuals in the SS war machine by Christian Ingrao( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There were eighty of them. They were young, clever and cultivated; they were barely in their thirties when Adolf Hitler came to power. Their university studies in law, economics, linguistics, philosophy and history marked them out for brilliant careers. They chose to join the repressive bodies of the Third Reich, especially the Security Service (SD) and the Nazi Party's elite protection unit, the SS. They theorized and planned the extermination of twenty million individuals of allegedly 'inferior' races. Most of them became members of the paramilitary death squads known as Einsatzgruppen and participated in the slaughter of over a million people. Based on extensive archival research, Christian Ingrao tells the gripping story of these children of the Great War, focusing on the networks of fellow activists, academics and friends in which they moved, studying the way in which they envisaged war and the 'world of enemies' which, in their view, threatened them. The mechanisms of their political commitment are revealed, and their roles in Nazism and mass murder. Thanks to this pioneering study, we can now understand how these men came to believe what they did, and how these beliefs became so destructive. The history of Nazism, shows Ingrao, is also a history of beliefs in which a powerful military machine was interwoven with personal experiences, fervour, anguish, utopia and cruelty
Roland Barthes : the figures of writing by Andrew Brown( Book )

11 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Towards an ecology of world languages by Louis Jean Calvet( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There are around 5,000 languages spoken across the world today, but the languages that coexist in our multilingual world have varied functions and fulfill various roles. Some are spoken by small groups, a village or a tribe; others, much less numerous, are spoken by hundreds of millions of speakers ... In this major book Louis-Jean Calvet, one of the foremost sociolinguists working today, develops an ecological approach to language in order to analyze the changing structure of the world language system. The ecological approach to language begins from actual linguistic practices and studies the relations between these practices and their social, political and economic environment. The practices which constitute languages, on the one hand, and their environment, on the other, form a linguistic ecosystem in which languages coexist, multiply and influence one another. Using a rich panoply of examples from across the world, Calvet elaborates the ecological approach and shows how it can shed light on the changing forms of language use in the world today."--Book cover
Travels in China by Roland Barthes( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1974 Roland Barthes travelled in China as part of a small delegation of distinguished French philosophers and literary figures. They arrived in China just as the last stage of the Cultural Revolution was getting underway - the campaign to criticize Lin Biao and Confucius. While they were welcomed by writers and academics, the travelers were required to follow a pre-established itinerary, visiting factories and construction sites, frequenting shows and restaurants that were the mainstay of Western visitors to China in the 70s. Barthes planned to return from the trip with a book on China: the book never materialized, but he kept the diary notes he wrote at the time. The notes on things seen, smelled and heard alternate with reflections and remarks - meditations, critiques or notes of sympathy, an aside from the surrounding world. Published now for the first time more than thirty years after the trip, these notebooks offer a unique portrait of China at a time of turbulence and change, seen through the eyes of the worldʹs greatest semiotician. -- Publisher description
The thirteenth apostle by Michel Benoît( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When his friend Father Andréi is killed on a train en route to the Vatican, Father Nil, a Benedictine who teaches the Gospel of St. John to novices, decides to conduct his own investigation. The dead priest possessed proof of the existence of a 13th disciple and an epistle stating that Jesus was nothing more than an inspired prophet, not the son of God -- two things that would spell great danger for the Catholic church. Father Nil then discovers a previously unpublished account of the origins of Christianity. It tells of the Nazoreans, a community excluded from the official Church by Peter and Paul, which appears to have thrived until the seventh century and given birth to Islam. While the priest pushes ahead with his investigation, the Pope's advisors, rival factions, and secret societies are trying, by any means, to lay their hands on his findings. From the Mossad to Fatah, everyone seems to have a very good reason to keep the 13th disciple a secret
Why philosophize? by Jean-François Lyotard( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why Philosophize? is a series of lectures given by Jean-Francois Lyotard to students at the Sorbonne embarking on their university studies. The circumstances obliged him to be both clear and concise: at the same time, his lectures offer a profound and far-reaching meditation on how essential it is to philosophize in a world where philosophy often seems irrelevant, outdated, or inconclusive. Lyotard begins by drawing on Plato, Proust and Lacan to show that philosophy is a never-ending desire--for wisdom, for the 'other'. In the second lecture he draws on Heraclitus and Hegel to explore the close relation between philosophy and history: the same restlessness, the same longing for a precarious unity, drives both. In his third lecture, Lyotard examines how philosophy is a form of speech that plays on the borders of what can be communicated directly. Finally, he turns to Marx, exploring the extent to which philosophy can be a transformative force within the world. These wonderfully accessible lectures will attract a wide readership, since, as Lyotard says, 'How can one not philosophize?' They are also an excellent introduction to Lyotard's thought."--Page 4 of cover
Dr. Ox's experiment by Jules Verne( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in French as Une fantaisie du docteur Ox in 1972
FEMEN by Femen( Book )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bare-breasted and crowned with flowers, perched on their high heels, Femen transform their bodies into instruments of political expression through slogans and drawings flaunted on their skin. Humour, drama, courage and shock tactics are their weapons. Since 2008, this 'gang of four' - Inna, Sasha, Oksana and Anna - has been developing a spectacular, radical, new feminism. First in Ukraine and then around the world, they are struggling to obtain better conditions for women, but they also fight poverty, discrimination, dictatorships and the dictates of religion. These women scale church steeples and climb into embassies, burst into television studios and invade polling stations. Some of them have served time in jail, been prosecuted for "hooliganism" in their home country and are banned from living in other states. But thanks to extraordinary media coverage, the movement is gaining imitators and supporters in France, Germany, Brazil and elsewhere. -- Publisher description
Hypermodern times by Gilles Lipovetsky( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gilles Lipovetsky, French social theorist, argues that we've entered a new phase of 'hypermodernity', characterized by hyper-consumption and the hypermodern individual. Hyperconsumption is a consumption which absorbs and integrates more and more spheres of social life and which encourages individuals to consume for their own personal pleasure rather than to enhance their social status. Hypermodernity is a society characterized by movement, fluidity and flexibility, distanced more than ever from the great structuring principles of modernity. And the hypermodern individual, while oriented towards pleasure and hedonism, is also filled with the kind of tension and anxiety that comes from living in a world which has been stripped of tradition and which faces an uncertain future
The death of French culture by Donald Morrison( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The creativity of its artists may be undeniable, but the influence (ghostlike) and the importance (derisory) of France in cultural exchanges both go to show that French culture no longer speaks to the world. This decline ultimately suits the French national mentality, inclined as it is to lamentation and sorrow. Morrison has returned to his original article to see how well his central arguments hold up in the light of the criticisms levelled at him. This new and updated version of his controversial text is accompanied by a thoughtful reply by Antoine Compagnon, who highlights a certain ambivalence within French culture, still capable of achieving the best but seemingly paralysed by its preoccupation with its own grandeur. --from publisher description
Pleasures and regrets by Marcel Proust( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Taking as his setting the glamour and heady sophistication of fin-de-siecle. Parisian salon society, Proust here presents a series of sketches and short stories depicting the lives, love, manners and motivations of a host of characters. Amorous entanglements, idle vanities and feigned morality are all viewed with a characteristically knowing eye. By turns cuttingly satirical and bitterly moving, Proust's portrayals are layered with imagery and feeling, whether they be of the aspiring Bouvard and Pecuchet, the deluded Madame de Breyves, or of Baldassare Silvande saturated with regret, memory and tragic understanding in the face of death."--Jacket
The dream by Émile Zola( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finding the young Angelique on their doorstep one Christmas Eve, the pious Hubert couple decide to bring her up as their own. As the girl grows up in the vicinity of the town's towering cathedral and learns her parents' trade of embroidery, she becomes increasingly fascinated by the lives of the saints, fuelled by her reading of the Golden Legend and other mystical Christian writings. One day love, in the shape of Felicien HautecA ur, enters the dream world she has constructed around herself, bringing about upheaval and distress. With a foreword by Tim Parks
La maîtresse de Brecht : roman by Jacques-Pierre Amette( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Amette's novel opens on October 22, 1948: the day Brecht returns from exile to the Soviet-controlled zone in Berlin. Despite Brecht's abiding communist sympathies, the Stasi - East Germany's notorious secret police force - suspects his motives and recruits the young and vulnerable Viennese actress Maria Eich to spy on him, photograph the contents of his desk, and make regular reports. Eich has fallen in love with her Stasi recruiting officer, Hans Trow, but, driven in part by her desire to become a famous actress, she allows herself to end up as just another in a string of mistresses of the womanizing Brecht."--Jacket
Captain Pamphile by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the fashionable social circles of 1831, the vogue is to collect one's own menagerie, and a demand soon sets in for weird and wonderful animals from the four corners of the world. Musing over how a monkey (James I), a bear (Tom), and a turtle (Gazelle) came to inhabit the same Parisian drawing room, Dumas introduces Captain Pamphile, a decidedly unorthodox Provençal sea captain with a specialty for 'liberating' unusual species from their native shores. The narrative soon gives way to the story of Pamphile's own life--from his early hunting expeditions, to his daring naval hijackings, and his aberrant involvement in the local slave trade. A dark and distinctly humorous novel, Captain Pamphile is a thrilling adventure story, full of sea battles, defiant mutiny and exotic animals--all headed up by one of Dumas's most intriguing creations, the base yet thoroughly beguiling Captain Pamphile."--Publisher description, inside front cover
The transcendence of the ego : a sketch for a phenomenological description by Sartre( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in France in 1936 as a journal article, The Transcendence of the Ego was one of Jean-Paul Sartre's earliest philosophical publications. When it appeared, Sartre was still largely unknown, working as a school teacher in provincial France and struggling to find a publisher for his most famous fictional work, Nausea. The Transcendence of the Ego is the outcome of Sartre's intense engagement with the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology. Here, as in many subsequent writings, Sartre embraces Husserl's vision of phenomenology as the proper method for philosophy. But he argues that Husserl's conception of the self as an inner entity, 'behind' conscious experience is mistaken and phenomenologically unfounded. The Transcendence of the Ego offers a brilliant diagnosis of where Husserl went wrong, and a radical alternative account of the self as a product of consciousness, situated in the world. This essay introduces many of the themes central to Sartre's major work, Being and Nothingness: the nature of consciousness, the problem of self-knowledge, other minds, anguish. It demonstrates their presence and importance in Sartre's thinking from the very outset of his career. This fresh translation makes this classic work available again to students of Sartre, phenomenology, existentialism, and twentieth century philosophy. It includes a thorough and illuminating introduction by Sarah Richmond, placing Sartre's essay in its philosophical and historical context
Butterball by Guy de Maupassant( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is 1870: northern France is occupied by Prussian troops, and a carriage travelling from Rouen to Dieppe is held up by the invading forces. The price of the passenger's release: a night with the on-board whore." "Butterball is a prostitute with scruples. A staunch Bonapartist, but disdained by her bourgeois fellow-travellers on account of her profession, she nonetheless shares her provisions with them; sleeping with a Prussian officer for their sake is, however, a bridge too far. The solidarity the other characters initially assume is gradually worn down by boredom and fear, and together they set about persuading her of the righteousness of self-sacrifice. Maupassant's satire of bourgeois hypocrisy and cowardice is here complemented by a selection of his other short stories, all linked by common themes of gender and petty prejudice, great and unexpected courage, and the mean, narrow-minded motivations of the bourgeoisie."--BOOK JACKET
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Roland Barthes : the figures of writing
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Brown, Andrew, 1958 January 19-

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