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At the Petit Palais, the piquant enigmas of Walter Sickert

In his youth, Englishman Walter Sickert began a brief acting career. Then he embraced painting by entering Whistler’s studio. His taste for the theater has never left him, however, judging by the many music-hall paintings and self-portraits, as changeable as a chameleon, exhibited today at the Petit Palais. This is one of the charms of this retrospective, the first in France devoted to…
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five things to know about the philanthropic writer

Dominique Lapierre died on Sunday December 4 on the Côte d’Azur. The philanthropic writer, who has sold tens of millions of copies, has carried out numerous humanitarian actions, particularly in India, which he considered his second homeland. ►His humanitarian…
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“Sontag” by Benjamin Moser: the excited rebel

sontag by Benjamin Moser Translated from English (United States) by Cécile Roche Christian Bourgois, 880 pages, €39 Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was one of the most famous Western intellectuals of the last three decades of the 20th century. She was recognized for her disconcerting and radiant beauty (her famous white lock in her thick, jet-black hair), her intelligence as creative as it was…
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Uzbekistan, a millefeuille of civilizations

With its cracked walls and its faded paintings, the premises of the Institute of Archeology of Samarkand do not look like much, but they conceal treasures which, too, hide their game well. At first sight, they are only charred wooden panels, laid flat and protected with a…
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a quaker at war

Discipline by Dash Shaw Translated from English (US) by Martin Richet Here and There, 304 p., €28 “Who would want to go through life picking roses whose thorns have already been plucked out? » Behind the poetry, a rupture. Almost an apostasy. That of Charles Cox, a young Quaker from Indiana, who gives in to the call of adventure and enlists in the northern army, in the middle of the Civil…
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a theological essay to discover the history of dogmas

dogmas in the making by Michael Seewald translated from German by Marc de Launay Venison, 408 p., €29 In September 2016, four cardinals published a letter addressed to Pope Francis, listing dubia (doubts) about amoris laetitia. In particular, they wanted to know whether…
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Secret discussions on the return of the Parthenon marbles, according to the Greek press

The case has poisoned relations between Greece and the United Kingdom for more than a century. The Parthenon friezes are said to be the subject of secret talks that would have started in 2021. This is the major daily newspaper in Athens, Your Nea which affirms it in its editions of Saturday December 3. According to the newspaper, “backstage meetings have been held in London since November…
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