• Les magiciens

    Lev Grossman

    Imaginez Harry Potter écrit pour un public adulte, par un écrivain malicieux qui n'aurait oublié ni Les Chroniques de Narnia, ni Alice ni Le Seigneur des anneaux. C'est le défi que s'est lancé Lev Grossman.
    L'auteur y rend hommage à toute la littérature du sense of wonder. Or qui dit wonder dit merveilleux, mais aussi aventure. Aventures et aventure intérieure.
    C'est un vrai mélange de fantasy et de roman réaliste, aux accents naturalistes, tant les conditions de vie (de jeunes gens très favorisés, soit) sont le sujet quasi d'étude de l'au- teur. Il ne faut jamais oublier qu'ils sont nos contemporains.
    Un livre puissant, et plutôt cru, donc, d'autant que ce qui s'y passe est accolé à l'adoles- cence et au passage vers l'adulte vécu avec l'intensité de la dernière chance.
    Quentin, un jeune de 18 ans en révolte vis-à-vis de sa famille, des parents Américains middle classe pour qui ne compte que la valorisation sociale et l'argent, est aussi en décalage vis-à-vis de ses camarades car il a des dons magiques. La seule fille qui l'intéresse, Julia, est elle aussi une magicienne potentielle, mais elle sort avec un autre.
    Quentin, bercé par ses lectures d'enfance qui avait trait à un monde magique imaginaire, Fillory, tente alors l'exa- men de l'université de Brakebills, située quelque part dans l'état de New York, l'équivalent pour cet âge de l'école des sorciers dans Harry Potter. Il y est reçu. Pas Julia.
    Le cursus à Brakebills est atypique dans son contenu et sa méthode : la magie est une école de souffrance, mais c'est aussi un vrai campus où les étudiants ont une vie collec- tive forte, font le fête, boivent et couchent ensemble, et où on reçoit la famille sans que quiconque d'extérieur à la magie se doute de quoique ce soit. Et Grossman nous narre sans doute le moment le plus intense de la vie d'un Américain : l'Université !
    La comparaison avec Harry Potter va jusqu'à l'allusion ironique à un championnat international de bourbasse auquel Brakebills participe, mais l'équipe de Quentin perd très vite et l'école dans son ensemble rate même le match de consolation.
    Le groupe d'amis de Quentin est constitué de cinq jeunes qui ont des capacités dans le domaine de la magie liée aux éléments (la lumière, le froid, etc.) et qu'on appelle les Physiques. Au sein de ce groupe, Quentin a une liai- son amoureuse avec Alice dont les parents, eux, sont ma- giciens, mais elle n'a pas avec eux de meilleurs rapports que Quentin avec les siens.
    Au terme de ces études, les diplômés retourne dans le monde « normal », qui en post-doc dans une universi- té classique, qui en entreprise. Il leur faut juste trouver une position qui leur permet d'utiliser discrètement leurs pouvoirs en donnant juste l'impression qu'ils sont des sur- doués. Sinon ils doivent choisir entre renoncer à la magie ou vivre très isolés socialement.
    Quentin et Alice s'installent à NYC en compagnie de leurs amis sortis de l'école un an plus tôt - Josh, Eliot et Janet. Le petit groupe se contente de quelques tours de passe-passe pour avoir de quoi boire et jouer aux cartes nuit et jour. L'ennui est total. Seule l'intrusion de Penny, magicien rebelle qui a quitté Brakebills à la fin de la 4ème année les rejoints, les sort de leur torpeur. Il faut dire qu'il est porteur d'une troublante nouvelle : il a déniché l'en- chantement (un bouton magique) qui leur permettrait d'entrer dans le monde de Fillory et d'y rejoindre leurs héros de papier.
    Les six magiciens se rendent à plusieurs reprise dans Fillory, où ils sont finalement entraînés dans une série d'épreuves qui s'avèrent de plus en plus physiques et dan- gereuses, jusqu'à un combat final où Alice les sauvent en allant si loin dans sa capacité de magie qu'elle en perd le contrôle et devient une créature inhumaine, un niffin, quand Quentin, lui, est gravement blessé.
    Après avoir été soigné pendant des mois par des centaures guérisseurs, Quentin, bouleversé par la mort d'Alice et décidé à renoncer à la magie, devient employé de bureau à Manhattan, jusqu'à ce que Janet, Eliot et Julia viennent l'en arracher et le persuadent de repartir à Fillory.

  • Le roi magicien

    Lev Grossman

    Imaginez Harry Potter écrit pour un public adulte, par un écrivain malicieux qui n'aurait oublié ni Les Chroniques de Narnia, ni Alice ni Le Seigneur des anneaux. C'est le défi que s'est lancé Lev Grossman.
    L'auteur y rend hommage à toute la littérature du sense of wonder. Or qui dit wonder dit merveilleux, mais aussi aventure. Aventures et aventure intérieure.
    C'est un vrai mélange de fantasy et de roman réaliste, aux accents naturalistes, tant les conditions de vie (de jeunes gens très favorisés, soit) sont le sujet quasi d'étude de l'au- teur. Il ne faut jamais oublier qu'ils sont nos contemporains.
    Un livre puissant, et plutôt cru, donc, d'autant que ce qui s'y passe est accolé à l'adoles- cence et au passage vers l'adulte vécu avec l'intensité de la dernière chance.

  • Imaginez Harry Potter écrit pour un public adulte, par un écrivain malicieux qui n'aurait oublié ni Les Chroniques de Narnia, ni Alice ni Le Seigneur des anneaux. C'est le défi que s'est lancé Lev Grossman.
    C'est un vrai mélange de fantasy et de roman réaliste, aux accents naturalistes, tant les conditions de vie (de jeunes gens très favorisés, soit) sont le sujet d'étude de l'auteur. Il ne faut jamais oublier qu'ils sont nos contemporains.

  • 'Dark, dangerous and full of twists' George R. R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones 'Lev Grossman has conjured a rare creature: a trilogy that simply gets better and better as it goes along . . . Literary perfection.' Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of the secret magical land of Fillory and now, friendless and broke, he returns to where his story began: Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But Quentin's past soon catches up with him . . .



    Meanwhile, Fillory's magical barriers are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. To save their beloved world from extinction, Eliot and Janet, High King and Queen of Fillory, must embark on a final, dangerous quest.



    Quentin's adventure takes him from Antarctica to the enchanted Neitherlands, where he finds old friends. But all roads lead back to Fillory, where Quentin must put things right, or die trying.



    'Richly imagined and continually surprising . . . The strongest book in Grossman's series.' New York Times Book Review 'A triumphant climax to the best fantasy trilogy of the decade.' Charles Stross, author of Accelerando

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  • Anglais The Magician King

    Lev Grossman

    Meet Quentin Coldwater, king of the bizarre and wonderful land of Fillory. But he is getting restless, even in heaven a man needs a little adventure. So when a steward is murdered on a morning's hunt Quentin gets exactly that. But this quest is like no other. What starts as a glorified cruise to faraway lands soon becomes the stuff of nightmares.

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  • Anglais The Magicians

    Lev Grossman

    Modern fictionQuentin Coldwater's life is changed forever when he finds a mysterious envelope bearing his name, which contains a manuscript. From the author of Codex, which has sold over 100,000 copies.

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  • Nothing is ever as it seems Quentin Coldwater is king of the bizarre and wonderful land of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are losing their appeal and Quentin is getting restless. Even in heaven a man needs a little adventure. So when a steward is murdered on a morning's hunt that is exactly what Quentin gets. But this quest is like no other. What starts as a flight of fancy, a glorified cruise to faraway lands, soon becomes the stuff of nightmares when Quentin is unceremoniously dumped at his parent's house in a decidedly un-magical suburb in Massachusetts.

    Back in this grey reality, Quentin has never wanted his magical kingdom more. Fortunately he is accompanied by his old friend Julia, who learned her own brand of black and twisted magic outside Brakebills College at an illegal, underground school in the real world. As they struggle through the paranormal alleyways, past Venetian dragons and fairytale houses, it becomes clear that only Julia's black arts can save them. But there is a greater power at work, one that is threatening to destroy Fillory forever, and to defeat it they must unravel the secrets of Julia's tragic past, and the terrible pact she made to gain her power.

    The Magician King is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, an extraordinary journey that allows the imagination to run riot and proves Grossman is the modern heir to C.S. Lewis.

  • In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price ...

    Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a very different path to any he'd ever imagined.

    The envelope, and the mysterious manuscript it contains, leads to a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power and, for a while, it's a world that seems to answer all Quentin's desires. But the idyll cannot last - and when it's finally shattered, Quentin is drawn into something darker and far more dangerous than anything he could ever have expected ...

  • The riveting conclusion to Lev Grossman's bestselling Magicians trilogy.



    'Lev Grossman has conjured a rare creature: a trilogy that simply gets better and better as it goes along . . . Literary perfection.' Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of the secret magical land of Fillory and now, friendless and broke, he returns to where his story began: Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But Quentin's past soon catches up with him . . .



    Meanwhile, Fillory's magical barriers are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. To save their beloved world from extinction, Eliot and Janet, High King and Queen of Fillory, must embark on a final, dangerous quest.



    Quentin's adventure takes him from Antarctica to the enchanted Neitherlands, where he finds old friends. But all roads lead back to Fillory, where Quentin must put things right, or die trying.



    'Richly imagined and continually surprising . . . The strongest book in Grossman's series.' New York Times Book Review 'A triumphant climax to the best fantasy trilogy of the decade.' Charles Stross, author of Accelerando

  • About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hot-shot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. When asked to uncrate and organize a personal library of rare books, Edward's indignation turns to intrigue as he realizes that there may be a unique medieval codex hidden among the volumes, a treasure kept locked away for many years and for many reasons. As friends draw Edward into a peculiar and addictive computer game, his obsession deepens as he discovers surprising parallels between the game's virtual reality and the mystery of the codex. An accomplished and entertaining thriller, Codex explores the mysterious power of books in the medieval and modern ages.

  • The entire #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, including The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician's Land, now available in one ebook bundle The Magicians Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A high school math genius, hes secretly fascinated with a series of childrens fantasy novels set in a magical land called Fillory, and real life is disappointing by comparison. When Quentin is unexpectedly admitted to an elite, secret college of magic, it looks like his wildest dreams may have come true. But his newfound powers lead him down a rabbit hole of hedonism and disillusionment, and ultimately to the dark secret behind the story of Fillory. The land of his childhood fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he ever could have imagined . . .
    The Magicians is one of the most daring and inventive works of literary fantasy in years. No one who has escaped into the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter should miss this breathtaking return to the landscape of the imagination.
    The Magician King Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory--a fictional utopia--was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring.
    Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off--only to somehow wind up back in the real-world and not in Fillory, as theyd hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julias illicitly learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth.
    The Magician's Land Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical world of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he cant hide from his past, and its not long before it comes looking for him. Meanwhile, the magical barriers that keep Fillory safe are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. Eliot and Janet, the rulers of Fillory, embark on a final quest to save their beloved world, only to discover a situation far more complex--and far more dire--than anyone had envisioned.
    Along with Plum, a brilliant young magician with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. His new life takes him back to old haunts, like Antarctica and the Neitherlands, and old friends he thought were lost forever. The Magicians Land is an intricate and fantastical thriller, and an epic of love and redemption that brings the Magicians trilogy to a magnificent conclusion, confirming it as one of the great achievements in modern fantasy.

  • Anglais CODEX

    Lev Grossman

    A stunning, page-turning novel, a literary thriller that is half 'Rule of Four', half 'The Matrix'.

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  • Nothing is ever as it seems Quentin Coldwater is king of the bizarre and wonderful land of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are losing their appeal and Quentin is getting restless. Even in heaven a man needs a little adventure. So when a steward is murdered on a morning's hunt that is exactly what Quentin gets. But this quest is like no other. What starts as a flight of fancy, a glorified cruise to faraway lands, soon becomes the stuff of nightmares when Quentin is unceremoniously dumped at his parent's house in a decidedly un-magical suburb in Massachusetts.

    Back in this grey reality, Quentin has never wanted his magical kingdom more. Fortunately he is accompanied by his old friend Julia, who learned her own brand of black and twisted magic outside Brakebills College at an illegal, underground school in the real world. As they struggle through the paranormal alleyways, past Venetian dragons and fairytale houses, it becomes clear that only Julia's black arts can save them. But there is a greater power at work, one that is threatening to destroy Fillory forever, and to defeat it they must unravel the secrets of Julia's tragic past, and the terrible pact she made to gain her power.

    The Magician King is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, an extraordinary journey that allows the imagination to run riot and proves Grossman is the modern heir to C.S. Lewis.

  • The riveting conclusion to Lev Grossman's bestselling Magicians trilogy.



    'Lev Grossman has conjured a rare creature: a trilogy that simply gets better and better as it goes along . . . Literary perfection.' Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of the secret magical land of Fillory and now, friendless and broke, he returns to where his story began: Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But Quentin's past soon catches up with him . . .



    Meanwhile, Fillory's magical barriers are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. To save their beloved world from extinction, Eliot and Janet, High King and Queen of Fillory, must embark on a final, dangerous quest.



    Quentin's adventure takes him from Antarctica to the enchanted Neitherlands, where he finds old friends. But all roads lead back to Fillory, where Quentin must put things right, or die trying.



    'Richly imagined and continually surprising . . . The strongest book in Grossman's series.' New York Times Book Review 'A triumphant climax to the best fantasy trilogy of the decade.' Charles Stross, author of Accelerando

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