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About the Author: Philip Pullman

In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family. Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years. He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories. Pullman has received many awards for his literature, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal for exceptional children’s literature in 1996, and the Carnegie of Carnegies in 2006. He is most famous for his “His Dark Materials” trilogy, a series of young adult fantasy novels which feature freethought themes. The novels cast organized religion as the series’ villain. Pullman told The New York Times in 2000: “When you look at what C.S. Lewis is saying, his message is so anti-life, so cruel, so unjust. The view that the Narnia books have for the material world is one of almost undisguised contempt. At one point, the old professor says, ‘It’s all in Plato’ — meaning that the physical world we see around us is the crude, shabby, imperfect, second-rate copy of something much better. I want to emphasize the simple physical truth of things, the absolute primacy of the material life, rather than the spiritual or the afterlife.” He argues for a “republic of heaven” here on Earth.

In 2007, the first novel of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy was adopted into the motion picture "The Golden Compass" by New Line Cinema. Many churches and Christian organizations, including the Catholic League, called for a boycott of the film due to the books’ atheist themes. While the film was successful in Europe and moderately received in the United States, the other two books in the trilogy were not be adapted into film, possibly due to pressure from the Catholic Church. When questioned about the anti-church views in His Dark Materials, Pullman explains in an interview for Third Way (UK): “It comes from history. It comes from the record of the Inquisition, persecuting heretics and torturing Jews and all that sort of stuff; and it comes from the other side, too, from the Protestants burning the Catholics. It comes from the insensate pursuit of innocent and crazy old women, and from the Puritans in America burning and hanging the witches — and it comes not only from the Christian church but also from the Taliban. Every single religion that has a monotheistic god ends up by persecuting other people and killing them because they don't accept him. Wherever you look in history, you find that. It’s still going on” (Feb. 2002). Pullman has received many threats by ardent believers over his choice of subject matter.

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Mass Market Paperback, Published in Mar 2002 by Folio

ISBN10: 2070543765 | ISBN13: 9782070543762

Nous avions quitté les deux jeunes héros, Lyra et Will, alors qu'ils venaient d'être séparés. Lyra a été enlevée par sa redoutable mère, Mme Coulter. Will doit rejoindre Lord Asriel, qui vit retranché, au sommet d'une montagne, dans sa citadelle imprenable, car une mission capitale l'attend. Vont-ils réussir à se rejoindre et à sauver tous les mondes parallèles, plus que jamais menacés par les forces obscures qui tentent d'imposer leur terrible loi ?

On retrouve avec le plus grand plaisir l'univers captivant et original de Philip Pullman, mais aussi de nouveaux personnages comme les Gallivespiens, de minuscules créatures à la vie très brève, qui voyagent sur des libellules tout en reprenant les éléments qui ont fait le succès des deux premiers tomes, l'auteur parvient à renouveler son imaginaire pour conclure magistralement sa prodigieuse saga.

Lyra, l'héroïne des Royaumes du Mord et de la Tour des Anges, est retenue prison nière par sa mère, l'ambitieuse et cruelle Mme Coulter qui, pour mieux s'assurer de sa docilité, l'a plongée dans un sommeil artificiel. Will, le compagnon de Lyra, armé du p oignard subtil, s'est lancé à sa recherche, escorté de deux anges, Balthamos et Baruch. Avec leur aide, il parviendra à délivrer son amie. Mais, à son réveil, Lyra lui annonc e qu'une mission encore plus périlleuse, presque désespérée, les attend : ils doivent d escendre dans le monde des morts...

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