• Né à Madras en 1764 d'un colonel anglais et de la fille d'un grand chirurgien, pour partie élevée en Angleterre, James Achilles Kirkpatrick retourne dans son pays natal à l'âge de quinze ans pour devenir officier dans l'armée de la Compagnie anglaise des Indes. Il est nommé Lord Resident en 1797 à la cour du Nizam où il aperçoit une beauté de quatorze ans, descendante du prophète et petite nièce du Premier ministre d'Hyderabad, dont il tombe intensément amoureux. Il n'aura alors de cesse, en dépit des incroyables obstacles, de conquérir le coeur de la jeune fille et, pour l'épouser, se convertira à l'Islam et affrontera, dans un récit d'une étonnante modernité, l'intolérance, les préjugés et la peur.
    Ce roman, sur fond de harem, de choc culturel, d'intolérance parfois, d'amour, de trahison, d'intrigues et d'espionnage, est placé sous le signe du métissage et du brassage inévitable des peuples, des cultures et des idées.

  • L'âge de Kali

    William Dalrymple

    • Libretto
    • 12 Septembre 2013

    Le livre D´après l´ancienne cosmologie hindoue l´Inde serait aujourd´hui dans les affres de l´âge de Kali, une époque de conflits et de ténèbres durant laquelle toutes les règles s´effondrent et où tout devient possible...

    Pendant dix ans, William Dalrymple a sillonné le sous-continent indien, de l´État du Bihar, en pleine déliquescence politique, au Rajasthan, en proie à une guerre des castes endémique ; des palais délabrés de Lucknow, ancien fleuron des maharadjahs, à un temple du Kerala où se pratique l´exorcisme. Il a rencontré des barons de la drogue, s´est entretenu avec des Tigres tamouls, a interviewé Benazir Bhutto et Imran Khan, ou encore Baba Sehgal, la première rock star indienne. L´Âge de Kali est une analyse et un témoignage édifiant sur un pays en plein bouleversement, tiraillé entre modernité et résistance au changement.


    L'auteur Né en 1965 en Écosse, William Dalrymple suit des études d´histoire et de journalisme à l´université de Cambridge. À vingt-deux ans, il publie le best-seller In Xanadu, qui raconte son voyage de Jérusalem à la Mongolie, et remporte le Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award et le Scottish Arts Council Spring Book Award. Après avoir vécu cinq ans en Inde, cet érudit, qui est aussi le plus jeune membre de la Royal Society of Literature, publie La Cité des djinns, lauréat du prestigieux Thomas Cook Travel Book Award en 1994 et du Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. Il est aujourd´hui considéré comme l´un des meilleurs écrivains voyageurs de sa génération et reçoit en 2002 la médaille Mungo Park de la Royal Scottish Geographical Society pour sa contribution à la littérature de voyage. Spécialiste de l´histoire de l´Inde et de l´Orient, William Dalrymple collabore à de nombreux journaux anglais et américains, comme The Guardian et The New Yorker. Il est également l´auteur de scénarios de séries télévisées et d´émissions de radio consacrées à l´Inde, ainsi qu´au mysticisme et à la spiritualité britanniques. Marié et père de trois enfants, il partage actuellement son temps entre Londres et New Delhi.

  • Partant sur les traces du moine Jean Moschos, dont la chronique datée du VIe siècle lui sert de guide, William Dalrymple entreprend en 1994 un voyage du mont Athos aux déserts d'Egypte.
    Au cours de ce périple mêlant quête spirituelle, témoignages et rappels historiques, il retrace le destin des chrétiens d'Orient. Séjournant tout aussi bien en des coins reculés qu'en des villes comme Alexandrie, Istanbul, Jérusalem ou Beyrouth, Dalrymple pose un regard bienveillant sur ce que fut la réalité d'un Empire byzantin placé à la croisée des mondes d'Europe, d'Orient et d'Afrique...

  • Lors d'un premier séjour en Inde à l'âge de dix-sept ans, William Dalrymple découvre Delhi. Cette grande capitale le fascine. Il prend conscience que cet endroit recèle son cortège de richesses et d'horreurs. Cinq ans plus tard, il y revient et y voit le sujet d'un livre : le portrait d'une ville disloquée dans le temps. Des ruelles étroites de la vieille ville aux avenues plus larges de New Delhi, il déambule dans des lieux sous lesquels seraient englouties sept villes mortes. Delhi est vouée à sans cesse renaître de ses cendres, à connaître de nouvelles incarnations, de siècle en siècle. Les djinns, autrement dit les esprits, hantent chaque maison, chaque coin de rue. William Dalrymple, qui a passé quatre ans à Delhi après 1989, nous propose un panorama de cette ville. L'historien revient sur l'époque de la colonisation britannique ; le journaliste, le voyageur, nous livre quant à lui une galerie de portraits des habitants dans leur incroyable diversité.

  • THE ANARCHY

    William Dalrymple

    THE TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2019 'Dalrymple is a superb historian with a visceral understanding of India . A book of beauty ' - Gerard DeGroot, The Times In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army - what we would now call an act of involuntary privatisation.

    The East India Company's founding charter authorised it to 'wage war' and it had always used violence to gain its ends. But the creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation dealing in silks and spices and became something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business. In less than four decades it had trained up a security force of around 200,000 men - twice the size of the British army - and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company's reach stretched until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.

    The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas in one small office, five windows wide, and answerable only to its distant shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

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  • Le Retour d'un Roi est l'histoire magistrale de la première guerre d'Afghanistan.
    Au printemps de 1839, les Britanniques ont envahi l'Afghanistan pour la première fois. En pénétrant dans le pays, les Britanniques n'ont rencontré que peu de résistance en face. Mais après deux ans d'occupation, le peuple afghan s'est montré plus farouche : lançant l'appel au djihad, il a précipité le pays dans une rébellion violente. La première guerre anglo-afghane s'est achevée sur la plus grande humiliation militaire que la Grande-Bretagne ait connue au XIXe siècle : toute une armée de la nation qui est alors la plus puissante du monde se voit mettre en déroute par des tribus mal équipées.
    William Dalrymple nous raconte cette guerre à travers la vie d'inoubliables personnages de chaque camp, et révélant pour la première fois des comptes rendus afghans du conflit, datant de l'époque. À travers cette retentissante déconfiture de l'Empire britannique, voici une parabole puissante du choc des cultures, de la folie et de l'orgueil des puissances coloniales.

    « Une histoire peuplée de tant de méchants, de voleurs, de politiciens, d'aventuriers, d'espions, d'assassins et de héros : voilà qui serait une aubaine pour n'importe quel écrivain. Mais aucun ne s'en sortirait aussi brillamment que William Dalrymple dans ce passionnant Retour d'un Roi... En lisant ce livre, vous serez maintes fois frappé par les extraordinaires similitudes que l'auteur fait apparaître entre cette première campagne afghane et celles du XXe siècle, jusqu'à aujourd'hui. » James Delingpole, Mail on Sunday.

  • L'Âge de Kali est un recueil d'une vingtaine d'essais, fruit des dix années passées par l'auteur dans le subcontinent indien dans les diverses parties de l'Inde, mais aussi au Pakistan et au Sri Lanka. Grâce à un formidable don d'observation et de nombreuses rencontres, l'auteur dresse un tableau passionnant et parfois effrayant d'une région en proie à de formidables bouleversements ; il restitue aussi la complexité d'une société tiraillée entre changements et résistance aux changements.
    Au cours de ses déplacements dans le subcontinent, William Dalrymple a souvent entendu que l'Inde serait dans les affres de « l'âge de Kali ». Dans l'ancienne cosmologie hindoue, qui divise le temps en quatre grandes
    ères, l'âge de Kali, la quatrième période, est la pire : époque de conflits, de corruption, de désintégration, durant laquelle toutes les règles morales s'effondrent.
    Les témoignages qu'il rapporte de certaines régions semblent confirmer les prophéties les plus pessimistes : le Bihar, au nord, en pleine guerre des castes, est le théâtre de violences et de massacres, tandis que la
    déliquescence politique et la corruption en font presque une zone de non-droit. Au Pakistan, la région du nord de Lahore est infestée de bandits, et c'est à Peshawar qu'il rencontre un baron de la drogue. Et pourtant, à ce nord en plein chaos s'oppose un sud plus prospère et en voie de stabilisation.
    Mais à cette première ligne de partage s'en surimposent d'autres, et c'est la force du récit de Dalrymple de mettre en lumière toutes les tensions qui animent cette société, prise entre tradition et modernité : il montre,
    par exemple, l'importance persistante des castes, pourtant officiellement abolies, ou le poids des croyances religieuses (avec une poignante description de Vrindavan, « cité des veuves », ou le récit d'un exorcisme à Cochin.) Son entretien avec Baba Sehgal, première vraie rock star indienne, ou ses descriptions de Bollywood forment alors un contraste saisissant. Très instructives aussi sont ses interviews de Benazir Bhutto et d'Imran
    Khan, de même que sa rencontre avec des membres des Tigres Tamouls du Sri Lanka, en particulier d'un bataillon féminin de guérilleros.

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  • A collection of essays which resulted from the author's travels around India. The subjects range from the guerrilla fighters, and vegetarian terrorists that he met, to his encounters with celebrities such as Imran Khan and Benazir Bhutto, and through to the anecdotes, myths and legends that characterize the continent.

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  • Né en 1775, Bahadur Shah II, également connu sous son nom de plume, Zafar, fut le dernier empereur moghol, descendant direct de Gengis Khan. De royal il n'avait plus que son nom et son sang. Monté sur le trône à l'âge de soixante-deux ans, dépossédé de ses pouvoirs par la Compagnie anglaise des Indes orientales, il n'en fut pas moins un souverain éclairé, poète raffiné et remarquable calligraphe. Mais en 1857 Delhi fut le théâtre sanglant de la révolte des cipayes, bénie par Zafar puis réprimée par les Britanniques. La plus belle cité de l'Hindoustan fut détruite, et l'empereur exilé en Birmanie après avoir vu massacrer ses fils et petits-fils. Le Dernier Moghol est le portrait poignant de Dehli la Fabuleuse, personnifiée par Zafar, et de leur destin tragique à tous les deux. Après Le Moghol blanc (« Petite Bibliothèque Payot/Voyageurs », 2008), et à la lumière d'archives inédites, l'écrivain écossais William Dalrymple raconte avec autant de brio et de sens du détail la fin de la dynastie moghole, formidable synthèse de tolérance religieuse entre l'Inde et l'Islam.

  • In the spring of 587 AD, two monks set off on a journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. More than a thousand years later, using their writings as a guide, William Dalrymple set off to retrace their steps.

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  • The third volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themAs the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and takes part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive--now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.
    "A triumphant close . . . a grand piece of work, grand in both conception and execution. An astonishing imaginative tour de force." - Daily TelegraphIncludes the complete appendices and index for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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  • From the early 16th century to the eve of the Indian Mutiny, the "white Mughals" who wore local dress and adopted Indian ways were a source of embarrassment to successive colonial administrations. This book uncovers a world unexplored by history, and places at its centre a tale of betrayal.

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  • Anglais CITY OF DJINNS

    William Dalrymple

    In the course of 12 months in Delhi, Dalrymple peels back the successive layers of history, using material and human remains of each of the eight cities of Delhi, interlacing stories with the present and ending with the Delhi creation myth contained in the great Indian epic "The Mahabharata".

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  • A stunning and bloody history of nineteenth-century India and the reign of the Last Mughal by the bestselling author of White Mughals

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  • THE TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2019 'Dalrymple is a superb historian with a visceral understanding of India . A book of beauty ' - Gerard DeGroot, The Times In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army - what we would now call an act of involuntary privatisation.

    The East India Company's founding charter authorised it to 'wage war' and it had always used violence to gain its ends. But the creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation dealing in silks and spices and became something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business. In less than four decades it had trained up a security force of around 200,000 men - twice the size of the British army - and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company's reach stretched until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.

    The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas in one small office, five windows wide, and answerable only to its distant shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

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  • From the author of the Samuel Johnson prize-shortlisted 'Return of a King', the romantic and ultimately tragic tale of a passionate love affair that transcended all the cultural, religious and political boundaries of its time.
    James Achilles Kirkpatrick was the British Resident at the court of Hyderabad when he met Khair un-Nissa - 'Most Excellent among Women' - the great-niece of the Prime Minister of Hyderabad. He fell in love with her and overcame many obstacles to marry her, converting to Islam and, according to Indian sources, becoming a double-agent working against the East India Company.
    It is a remarkable story, but such things were not unknown: from the early sixteenth century to the eve of the Indian Mutiny, the 'white Mughals' who wore local dress and adopted Indian ways were a source of embarrassment to successive colonial administrations. Dalrymple unearths such colourful figures as 'Hindoo Stuart', who travelled with his own team of Brahmins to maintain his temple of idols, and Sir David Auchterlony, who took all 13 of his Indian wives out for evening promenades, each on the back of her own elephant.
    In 'White Mughals', William Dalrymple discovers a world almost entirely unexplored by history, and places at its centre a compelling tale of seduction and betrayal.


  • One of the most successful, influential and acclaimed travel books of recent years from the author of 'Return of a King', which has been shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize.
    At the age of twenty-two, William Dalrymple left his college in Cambridge to travel to the ruins of Kublai Khan's stately pleasure dome in Xanadu. This is an account of a quest which took him and his companions across the width of Asia, along dusty, forgotten roads, through villages and cities full of unexpected hospitality and wildly improbable escapades, to Coleridge's Xanadu itself.
    At once funny and knowledgeable, In Xanadu is in the finest tradition of British travel writing. Told with an exhilarating blend of eloquence, wit, poetry and delight, it is already established as a classic of its kind.

  • From the author of The Last Mughal ("A compulsively readable masterpiece" --The New York Review of Books), an exquisite, mesmerizing book that illuminates the remarkable ways in which traditional forms of religious life in India have been transformed in the vortex of the region's rapid change--a book that distills the author's twenty-five years of travel in India, taking us deep into ways of life that we might otherwise never have known exist.
    A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet--and spends the rest of his life atoning for the violence by hand printing the finest prayer flags in India . . . A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her closest friend ritually starve herself to death . . . A woman leaves her middle-class life in Calcutta and finds unexpected fulfillment living as a Tantric in an isolated, skull-filled cremation ground . . . A prison warder from Kerala is worshipped as an incarnate deity for three months of every year . . . An idol carver, the twenty-third in a long line of sculptors, must reconcile himself to his son's desire to study computer engineering . . . An illiterate goatherd from Rajasthan keeps alive in his memory an ancient four-thousand-stanza sacred epic . . . A temple prostitute, who initially resisted her own initiation into sex work, pushes both her daughters into a trade she nonetheless regards as a sacred calling.
    William Dalrymple chronicles these lives with expansive insight and a spellbinding evocation of circumstance. And while the stories reveal the vigorous resilience of individuals in the face of the relentless onslaught of modernity, they reveal as well the continuity of ancient traditions that endure to this day. A dazzling travelogue of both place and spirit.

  • In this evocative study of the fall of the Mughal Empire and the beginning of the Raj, award-winning historian William Dalrymple uses previously undiscovered sources to investigate a pivotal moment in history.The last Mughal emperor, Zafar, came to the throne when the political power of the Mughals was already in steep decline. Nonetheless, Zafar--a mystic, poet, and calligrapher of great accomplishment--created a court of unparalleled brilliance, and gave rise to perhaps the greatest literary renaissance in modern Indian history. All the while, the British were progressively taking over the Emperor's power. When, in May 1857, Zafar was declared the leader of an uprising against the British, he was powerless to resist though he strongly suspected that the action was doomed. Four months later, the British took Delhi, the capital, with catastrophic results. With an unsurpassed understanding of British and Indian history, Dalrymple crafts a provocative, revelatory account of one the bloodiest upheavals in history.

  • Three brothers from a remote village in the Himalayas are driven by poverty to become monks. One becomes a famous masked dancer; the second an accomplished player of the Tibetan temple trumpet; and the third a great Buddhist scholar. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death. A woman leaves her middle class family in Calcutta and her job in a jute factory, only to find unexpected love and fulfillment living as a tantric in a skull-filled hut in remote a cremation ground. A prison warder from Kerala becomes for two months of the year a temple dancer and is worshipped as an incarnate deity; then, at the end of February each year, he returns to prison. An idol maker, the thirty-fifth of a long line of sculptors going back to the legendary Chola bronze makers, regards creating Gods as one of the holiest callings in India, but has to reconcile himself to his son who only wants to study computer engineering. An illiterate goat herd from Rajasthan keeps alive an ancient 200,000-stanza sacred epic that he, virtually alone, still knows by heart. A devadasi - or temple prostitute - initially resists her own initiation into sex work, yet pushes both her daughters into a trade she regards as a sacred calling.
    Nine people, nine lives. Each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story.Exquisite and mesmerizing, and told with an almost biblical simplicity, William Dalrymple's first travel book in a decade explores how traditional forms of religious life in South Asia have been transformed in the vortex of the region's rapid change. Nine Lives is a distillation of twenty-five years of exploring India and writing about its religious traditions, taking you deep into worlds that you would never have imagined even existed.


  • 'Could you show me a djinn?' I asked. 'Certainly,' replied the Sufi. 'But you would run away.'
    From the author of the Samuel Johnson Prize-shortlisted 'The Return of a King', this is William Dalrymple's captivating memoir of a year spent in Delhi, a city watched over and protected by the mischievous invisible djinns. Lodging with the beady-eyed Mrs Puri and encountering an extraordinary array of characters - from elusive eunuchs to the last remnants of the Raj - William Dalrymple comes to know the bewildering city intimately.
    He pursues Delhi's interlacing layers of history along narrow alleys and broad boulevards, brilliantly conveying its intoxicating mix of mysticism and mayhem.
    'City of Djinns' is an astonishing and sensitive portrait of a city, and confirms William Dalrymple as one of the most compelling explorers of India's past and present.

  • In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk.
    On the way in, the British faced little resistance. But after two years of occupation, the Afghan people rose in answer to the call for jihad and the country exploded into violent rebellion. The First Anglo-Afghan War ended in Britain's greatest military humiliation of the nineteenth century: an entire army of the then most powerful nation in the world ambushed in retreat and utterly routed by poorly equipped tribesmen.
    Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2013, Return of a King is the definitive analysis of the First Afghan War, told through the lives of unforgettable characters on all sides and using for the first time contemporary Afghan accounts of the conflict. Prize-winning and bestselling historian William Dalrymple's masterful retelling of Britain's greatest imperial disaster is a powerful and important parable of colonial ambition and cultural collision, folly and hubris, for our times.


  • William Dalrymple, who wrote so magically about India in 'City of Djinns', returns to the country in a series of remarkable essays.
    Featured in its pages are 15-year-old guerrilla girls and dowager Maharanis; flashy Bombay drinks parties and violent village blood feuds; a group of vegetarian terrorists intent on destroying India's first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet; and a palace where port and cigars are still carried to guests on a miniature silver steam train.
    Dalrymple meets such figures as Imran Khan and Benazir Bhutto; he witnesses the macabre nightly offering to the bloodthirsty goddess Parashakti - She Who Is Seated on a Throne of Five Corpses; he experiences caste massacres in the badlands of Bihar and dines with a drug baron on the North-West Frontier; he discovers such oddities as the terrorist apes of Jaipur and the shrine where Lord Krishna is said to make love every night to his 16,108 wives and 64,732 milkmaids.
    'The Age of Kali' is the fourth fascinating volume from the author of 'In Xanadu', 'City of Djinns' and 'From the Holy Mountain'.

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