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A life recounted through various forms: masterworks and music pieces, pictures and images, the pens of writers, the voices of friends, the steady rhythm of the seasons, an everlasting love. A heart-warming novel by P.-J. Rémy, diplomat and member of the French Academy.
For the first time Mikhaïl Gorbatchev opens his personal archives to the public. The reader participates in the negotiations between the head of the Kremlin and the other great leaders: François Mitterrand, Margaret Thatcher, Helmut Kohl, George Bush... He experiences the moving dialogue between Pope John Paul II and the General Secretary of a party which has made atheism its profession of faith. Finally, the reader follows the intellectual, political and moral progress of a man who presided over the transformation and opening of the very system which created him.
Discreet by nature and secretive by necessity, Raymond Aubrac has been closely involved in more than half a century of history, in France and abroad. Within France, he is one of the great figures of the Resistance, and is one of the last survivors of the meeting at Caluire, on June 21st 1943, in the course of which Jean Moulin was arrested. A confidant of Ho Chi Minh, Raymond Aubrac also played a central role in the secret negotiations which accompanied the Vietnam war. In this book he gives a new, personal account of these events and others, including his meeting with de Gaulle, his role in the reconstruction of France, and his work at the heart of the UN.
Rita Levi Montalcini's life has been entirely dedicated to scientific research. She grew up in a tightly knit Jewish family and studied medicine in Turin. Forced into inactivity by the racist laws of Fascist Italy, she set up a makeshift laboratory in her bedroom and began studying the development of the nervous system. Her research, which she completed in the United States after the war, led to the discovery of the nerve growth factor whose role is to stimulate the growth of nerve fibres. Her autobiography, written with warmth and simplicity, traces the progress of her life, including being awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.