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The Must-Have Books of the Month

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The Must-Have Books of the Month

Pure magic

When two universes marked by the ideals of dream and beauty intersect at a point of balance, pieces are born that reinvent aesthetics and risk eternity. That’s what this Ballerina – Fashion’s Modern Muse (Abrams) tells us about. Signed by Patricia Mears, Laura Jacobs, Jane Pritchard, Rosemary Harden, and Joel Lobenthal (all fashion and / or ballet specialists), it is a picture book that examines the not always obvious way in which classical ballet and ballerinas generally influence the fashion world, from couture to ready-to-wear. Moreover, just look at the portfolio of designers such as Balmain, Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Dior or Yves Saint Laurent to realize that the elegance of classical ballet has always been an inspiration in creating trends and pieces that have remained for the history of fashion. Flipping through the pages of this book is experiencing this dance between disciplines but also falling in love with a wardrobe full of femininity.

In the front line

In their home countries they call them sahafiyat. This designates the female journalists in Arabic. They are the nineteen of them, the authors of Our Women on the Ground (Penguin), an important anthology that brings a current and privileged perspective of the reality of various Arab countries and the Middle East. Edited by Zahra Hankir and with a foreword by Christian Amanpour – CNN’s international chief correspondent – the book reflects, in the first person, the difficulties of working in the female profession from places where conflict is often at risk. of life. It is also a passport to realities full of social nuances, but also of violence and limit situations. From the streets of Cairo, marked by imminent harassment, to the Yemen roads, punctuated by the huge gender gap (and the impossibility for a woman to travel unaccompanied by a man), the authors make their voices heard, turning difficulties into advantages. and making journalism an exercise in resistance and truth that must be kept in sight.

Sun on the Head, by Geovani Martins (Companhia das Letras)

“I got high.” Chico Buarque’s reaction, printed on the cover of the book, acts as a warning. Turning to the front page, one finds a long glossary that anticipates a language of its own in a particular universe, that of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. This is where the boundary stories told by this young and already applauded voice of Brazilian literature unfold. Born in the Rio de Janeiro favela, Geovani captures the light and shadow of the days lived between the energy of a dive and the adrenaline of a swoop, telling the lives of the so-called ‘Invisibles of the Wonderful City’.

Jorge Amado, A Biography, by Joselia Aguiar (Don Quixote)

An unavoidable name in Brazilian literature, the writer Jorge Amado (Bahia, 1912-2001) is himself a rich and captivating character. Using unpublished manuscripts, family documents, letters, and several lengthy interviews, the author traces here the path of a man always in love, from a personal, artistic or even political point of view.

My Seditious Heart / by Arundhati Roy (Penguin)

Still without national translation, but already the subject of the most raving compliments, the new book of the Indian writer, strictly speaking, is not new. In fact, some of the texts are over 20 years old, but still surprising. Always fearless, Arundhati examines themes such as imperialism or US international politics, but it is in the social disparity and immense contrasts of his native India that he finds the raw material for a book where he blends the facts with lucid, nonconformist analysis.

Mother Ship, from French Segal (Vintage)

Distinguished with the Costa First Novel Award in 2012 for debut novel The Innocents, the British Frenchwoman Segal is back with a diary book reporting the emotions surrounding the early birth of her twins in October 2015. In a record The intimate and overpowering, tangle of despair and hope, recounts the incidences of the 56 days when her daughters were admitted to the neonatal unit of a British hospital, creating an emotionally charged witness book (with a happy ending).

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