2050, Paris n'est plus qu'un torrent de violences, le terrain de jeu de fanatiques déchus. L'air n'est plus respirable. Les hologrammes ont remplacé les hommes. Le travail n'est plus que le privilège de quelques-uns. Sous l'hégémonie de Dame Consommation, il est devenu interdit de fabriquer et réparer.
Ce livre est un signal d'alerte. Il est futuriste sans être fantaisiste. Un livre terrifiant de vérités aux premières pages et saisissant d'espoir aux dernières. Un très beau roman d'anticipation, empli d'humanité. Un bel appel au vivre ensemble et au retour à l'autosuffisance.
In this book, Pr. Mouhamed Lemine Ould EL KETTAB examines two samples of the literary works of two American writers: the novelist Mark Twain and the literary critic Archibald McLeish. In the first part of the book, the author delineates how in his two novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain highlights the refreshing beauty of childhood's innocence as contrasted with the obnoxious sophistication of the romantic culture and uses the spontaneous judgement of an unschooled urchin, Huck Finn, to measure the validity of the social values and to assess the ethic principals that the 19th Century deep South American society went by for decades. In the second part, Pr. Mouhamed Lemine Ould EL KETTAB strives to fathom the critical approach of Archibald McLeish to poetry as a mode of artistic expression; he scrutinizes and often times takes issue with some of the presuppositions on which A. McLeish's grounds his critical tenets and bases his overall conception of poetry.
Pr. Mouhamed Lemine Ould EL KETTAB is born in 1950 in Ouadane, Northern Mauritania. He holds a Master degree in English and American Literature. He taught English in the Mauritanian College of Education (ENS) and in the Faculty of Arts, University of Nouakchott. He is now the chairman of the Club of the Mauritanian intellectuals for Democracy and Development, the chairman of the Mauritanian branch of the Arab Organization for Human Rights. Pr. Ould EL KETTAB has many publications in Arabic, in English and in French; the two latest of them were published by l'Harmattan in April 2006.