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Tigana [Format Kindle]

Guy Gavriel Kay
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With this rich masterfully written extravaganza of myth and magic, the internationally acclaimed author of the Fionovar trilogy has created an epic that will change forever the boundaries of fantasy fiction.

Set in a beleaguered land caught in a web of tyranny, Tigana is the deeply moving story of a people struggling to be free. A people so cursed by the dark sorceries of the tyrant King Brandin that even the very name of their once beautiful land cannot be spoken or remembered.

But not everyone has forgotten. A handful of men and women, driven by love, hope and pride set in motion the dangerous quest for freedom and bring back to the world the lost brightness of an obliterated name: Tigana

Biographie de l'auteur

Guy Gavriel Kay is an internationally bestselling author. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in the literature of the fantastic, is a two-time winner of the Aurora Award, and won the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Ysabel. His works have been translated into twenty-five languages.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4283 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 819 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0007342047
  • Editeur : Harper Voyager (10 février 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Chef d'oeuvre de la Fantasy Littéraire 25 avril 2013
Par Kallisthène TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
Format:Broché
Tigane, c'est de l'émotion pure, plus dramatique qu'un simple massacre, Kay met en scène la destruction lente de toute une culture. La province de Tigane de la péninsule de la Palme non seulement a été dévastée, ses monuments éradiqués mais le Roi-Sorcier Brandin, qui y a perdu son fils bien-aimé, en a aussi maudit le nom et le souvenir.

Seuls ceux nés à Tigane avant l'invasion sont capable d'entendre ce nom. Ce sont ces ceux-là qui constituent le coeur de l'ouvrage, leur blessure et leurs résolutions, une quinzaine d'année après l'évènement. Tels Alessan, l'héritier du trône de Tigane, inlassablement à la recherche des moyens de chasser Brandin et Alberico, l'autre sorcier à se tailler un empire dans la péninsule. Ou encore Dianora, qui a juré de venger sa famille en assassinant le tyran mais tourmenté par son amour pour lui.

Publié à l'origine en tant que Fantasy, Tigane relève en fait beaucoup plus de la littérature générale enrichie d'une magie plus subtile que celle qui parcoure habituellement ces titres. Ce sont les émotions, les émotions intimes fortes qui sont les vrais personnages de ce roman, en particulier lors d'un final propre à tirer une larme à n'importe quel lecteur. Mon Guy Gavriel Kay favori encore à ce jour, je regrette tellement qu'il ait abandonné tout fantastique dans ses romans suivants.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Alright, it's superb! 28 mai 2002
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In the Peninsula of the Palm, a land clasped between two tyrannic invaders, the sorcerers Brandin of Ygrath and Alberico of Barbadior, a small group of people struggle for the freedom of their land. And for that of its forgotten name, Tigana, which has been under a spell for over twenty years, since the day Prince Valentin of Tigana slew Brandin's son in battle.
Devin is a 19-year-old singer in Menico's travelling troupe. After performing at Sandre, the Duke of Astibar's funeral, he discreetely follows his companion the beautiful Catriana across the rooms of the palace. Hiding in a closet, they are about to witness a secret meeting: Sander's son is preparing a coup to overthrow Brandin. Devin's curiosity will soon have him caught up in these events.
Dianora is a young woman from Tigana. Taken as "tribute" to Brandin's harem in his colony on the island of Chiara, she becomes his favourite mistress so she can assassinate him and save her land from the enless vengeful slaughter. Instead, she'll slowly fall in love with the man.
Having read Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry and not liked it much, I would never have read Tigana but for the unanimous praise I came across. And how wrong I would have been, what great reading pleasure I would have missed! For Tigana is a superbly written epic novel, with complex, not-one-dimensional, and finally extremely human characters. I would only reproach the few explicit sex scenes, which I found rather unpoetic. But without hesitation I'll now join my voice to the praise.
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Par Guinea Pig VOIX VINE
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L'idée de fond, celle de la vengeance (en plat qui se mange glacé) et du sacrifice de toute une vie au nom d'un idéal, mais dans un but concret et avec une très longue et patiente organisation souterraine, est intéressante et très bien traitée. Les personnages sont passionnés sans fanatisme et ont tous une personnalité bien cernée, sans faute de ton (sauf pour Brandin dont la noblesse d'âme ne s'accorde pas à ses agissements - je ne parle pas ici du consommé glacé, mais de son usage décontracté de la torture, particulièrement atroce, mais qu'ont-ils ces auteurs de fantasy à se prélasser dans l'innommable ?).
Beaucoup de personnages sont traités dans ce livre, avec une balance de l'un à l'autre bien équilibrée (pas d'interruption agaçante à des moments dramatiques, par exemple). J'ai toutefois regretté (avec les points ci-dessous) la manie de l'auteur à commencer chaque chapitre par "il" ou "elle", plutôt que de préciser le nom. Il faut lire une bonne page à chaque fois pour savoir de qui l'on parle ; j'ai fini par scanner systématiquement chaque début de chapitre pour savoir de qui il s'agissait, avant de revenir au début...
Ce qui m'a le plus gênée, dans l'ensemble, c'est que je ne partage pas l'enthousiasme, (inépuisable et épuisant) de l'auteur pour son "monde" (géographie, coutumes, religion). Celui-ci décrit longuement à toute occasion, avec art et sans lourdeur, certes, mais sans justification non plus.
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Par Lady Lama TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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J'ai lu très péniblement ce que tous les critiques de la fantasy considèrent comme un chef d'oeuvre, "Tigana", de Guy Gavriel Kay.

Tigana était une des neuf provinces indépendantes d'une péninsule faisant très nettement penser à l'Italie avant sa réunification finalement assez récente.
Tigana, c'est l'histoire d'un royaume qui a disparu des mémoires (tant son nom que son histoire et sa culture) par la magie d'un Roi-Magicien, fou de douleur après la mort de son fils lors d'une bataille contre la contrée de Tigana. Seuls ses anciens habitants (qui se sont exilés) se souviennent encore de son nom et de sa culture, mais s'ils prononcent son nom leurs interlocuteurs ne l'entendent pas. Tigana est vouée à disparaître inéluctablement quand tous ses habitants seront décédés.

L'histoire est donc celle du prince héritier exilé qui cherche à faire tomber de son trône le roi-magicien, et tant qu'à faire l'autre roi-magicien existant, l'un et l'autre cherchant à bâtir une hégémonie sur la péninsule et oppressant les peuples.

Cela commence comme un roman d'apprentissage, avec un chanteur, Delvin, qui rejoint une troupe de saltimbanques. Il s'aperçoit rapidement que la troupe lui cache des choses, et se retrouve engagé dans l'intrigue visant à faire renaître Tigana.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Was a blade in my soul 5 juin 2000
Par Ilana Teitelbaum - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was hesitant to review this book, because I'm not sure I can do it justice. This is one of those stories in which the very extremes of human emotion can tear the reader apart. And no one does it like Guy Gavriel Kay.
The ideas are revolutionary in a genre whose readers normally subsist on casual magic and Sword & Sorcery. Themes of memory, identity, destiny and freedom are seamlessly interwoven in a breathtaking tapestry; identity can only be founded on the recovery of memory, and it is only with a sense of identity that one can attain the freedom to fulfill one's destiny. 'Tigana' features characters who have had their identities brutally torn from them, and the result is that they are left empty and searching for a way to fill the void in their souls. Their desperate attempts sometimes lead them in the wrong directions, toward things which are cruel or unnatural, but provide temporary solace from the emptiness. The tragedy of their existence is especially wrenching in Kay's portrayal of love, as he shows that it cannot exist as long as there is no sense of identity, and hence, no freedom. Without these things, it is only a selfish grasping for rescue from emptiness, turning the act of love into a degradation.
Kay's portrayal of the characters is one of the high points of this book's brilliance. Who is the enemy? This is a question difficult to answer in a book which has characters on the 'good' side committing terrible acts, while the designated 'enemy' is a wonderfully complex character; and the fact that Brandin inspires such loyalty in his followers--and such love in Dianora, who had sworn to kill him--is totally justifiable, and may be shared by the reader. On the other hand, the soul-deep pain for which he is responsible--and for which he has no remorse--makes a strong case against him. There are no evil people or good people in this book: there are only evil actions, bringing this book into a realm of 'grayness' in its approach to good and evil which most fantasy avoids.
In addition to his skill in characterization, Kay knows how to plumb the very depths of human emotion, yet somehow without once lapsing into melodrama. All the extremes of pain and suffering are there, as well as the extremes of love and tenderness. And there is no better vehicle for these powerful emotions than Kay's gorgeous writing.
The ending fit perfectly with the rest of the story, tying together the themes of identity and destiny which the riselka had come to symbolize all along. Like a graceful end note to a piece of music, the last lines rounded it off and trailed away, softly.
For anyone who enjoys an unconventional fantasy with ambivalent characters, this is a must-read. Fans of George R.R. Martin should have no trouble with this aspect of the work. It is also recommended to anyone who wants some depth and power in their reading fare, regardless of the genre.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is wonderful. 31 décembre 1999
Par Jim Widmer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A quick warning for all of you into the more visceral, fast-reading fantasy authors... this book may not be for you. Tigana is one of those rare fantasy novels that transcends the genre to become a pure work of literature. Compared to most modern fantasy authors today, Kay writes very carefully and makes an extra effort to force you to care about all his characters and the situations they find themselves in. This extraordinary novel can force you to redefine your expectations of fantasy writing.
Tigana's world is based loosely on Renaissance Italy. The Peninsula of the Palm has been split down the middle by two separate conquerors from larger countries. The conquerors were able to subjugate the peninsula easily due to the rivalries between the seven formerly independent provinces of the Palm.
The final province to be conquered, Tigana, managed to kill the son of one of the tyrants. In a fit of wrath, the tyrant descends upon Tigana and crushes it utterly. However, he also takes the extra step of erasing the country's name from the minds of every citizen on the Palm except for the survivors of Tigana. Non-citizens cannot hear or speak the name; instead, Tigana is renamed after its most bitter rival in the old provincial struggles. Years later, a small group of Tiganese rebels begin a campaign to bring their name back to the Palm and expel both tyrants...
And this just doesn't convey the subtleties and character interaction the plot has. The use of Italian linguistics and political situations gives the book an atmosphere of plausibility but doesn't ram it down our throats (as Jordan's Aes Sedai mythos or Goodkind's descriptions of the Mother Confessor's office tend to do).
The characters, though, are what drive the book. Even those characters that only make a brief appearance are startlingly well-crafted and at times even touching. An episode early in the book which examines very closely the relationship between a proud, authoritarian father and his doomed son moved me to tears- and it happened in the first one hundred and fifty pages.
Bottom line: if you enjoy fantasy that is literate, well thought-out, and exquisitely crafted, then buy this book. If your taste leans more toward the Jordan/Goodkind/Feist vein, be warned that Kay takes his time getting to where he wants you to go... but for me, that makes him the finest living fantasy writer.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Superb 25 avril 2001
Par Keith Fraser - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Tigana is possibly the best work of fantasy I've ever read, and one of the best books of all genres. I enjoyed Kay's Fionavar Tapestry, but this was even better.
Very few fantasy books can make you feel sorry for the villain (purest evil, maniacal cackling and callous cruelty are the order of the day generally), fewer still have heroes whose decisions at times are distinctly morally ambiguous. Tigana is one of them. Brandin of Ygrath, one of the two main villains (foreign sorceror-conquerors who have split between them the land in which the story is set, a large palm-shaped peninsula with a society similar to the Italian city-states) of the book is revealed as a human and positively kind man at times, who commits what amount to atrocities in revenge for the . He's certainly nicer than Alberico of Barbiador, who is merely avaricious and cruel (but still not just pure evil - he has motivations other than simply killing people for the fun of it). The good characters' use means justified by ends in their attempt to remove the two tyrants and rebuild their land, which has been ravaged and its very name torn out of people's minds by Brandin's revenge.
The story is well-crafted (the ending reminded me of a Shakespearian tragedy) and filled with multi-dimensional characters. It is also non-stereotypical - there are no axe-wielding dwarves or other Tolkien imitations, unnecessary magical pyrotechnics and suchlike. My only gripes were one slightly extraneous plotline which possibly could have been lost, and the epilogue, which I didn't like for some reason which I can't put my finger on. Apart from this, Tigana is a fantastic book and a must-read for all fans of good fantasy.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautifully written book 10 mars 2000
Par "ldupertuis" - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Having read all of Kay's other books, I have to say this is one of the best. Unlike other people, I think the characterzation in this book was particularly good, because the characters were much more...three-dimensional(?) then those of other books.
For one thing, Brandin, one of the villains, isn't strictly evil. He's human, who lives and loves and is loved by others. The act that made him the bad guy was out of love for a killed son. That's one of the saddest parts of the entire book.
Also, I thought the minor characters were wonderfully detailed. Kay gave each of them their own personality, rather than being part of a faceless mob.
Characters aside, the storyline is great. The book is impossible to put down, and you feel like you're part of the story. Surely I wasn't the only one who laughed out loud at Aleis and Catriana's discussion of Aleis's younger sister, had a queer feeling of loss when you learned Adreano(a character only in a few pages of the book) had been killed, or felt their eyes widen in shock when they learned Rhun's true identity? Probably not.
Over all, this is a beautiful and extremly moving novel. Whether you read it or not is your decision, but I would recommend that you do.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sublime Paean to the Human Spirit 11 octobre 2000
Par Barry C. Chow - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Tigana is that rarest of books; one that dares to transcend its genre and aspire to great literature. It is not plot driven or even primarily character driven, though Kay develops both plot and character with a deftness that is a wonder to behold. Rather, this work is driven by themes: it exquisitely balances cruelty and compassion, conscience and necessity, love and tyranny, honour and betrayal, memory and loss; and it accomplishes all this with a lyricism that verges on poetry.
There are few outright villains in this work, and just as importantly, few outright heroes. In this, as in so much else, Kay seeks to reflect the complexity of life. Just one finely balanced contrast must suffice.
The key antagonist, Brandin, is a supremely complex man. Unlike the antagonists of lesser works, we come to empathise with him. He is deeply flawed - he would expunge an entire culture from human history for the sake of a bitter personal vengeance. At the same time, he is worthy of praise, of devotion, even of love. Except for the land that he has sworn to destroy, he seeks to rule wisely, justly and, within the limitations of his Machiavellian world, compassionately. We come to understand him not as a bad man but as one who betrays his innate goodness first for glory and then for a grief filled hatred.
Brandin's consort, Dianora, must live with a betrayal of a different sort, for she betrays her homeland, her family and her oath of vengeance for the love of this man. As the story unfolds, we understand why. We cannot condemn her. She sees the nobility that is in him. And the measure of that nobility is the sacrifice he is prepared to make, renouncing his larger inheritance and willingly reducing himself to the rule of an insignificant island kingdom, simply that Dianora may become his queen. Only a heart of stone would fail to be moved by the fate that eventually befalls these two.
This is only one of many intricate threads at work within the book. Yet, the whole flows with such a refined balance that to read Tigana is to sense a master storyteller at the height of his calling.
I would not recommend Tigana to everybody. It is a work rich with layers, undercurrents and deep subtlety. Those who read fantasy only for the clashes of armies, the duels of wizards, dragons, demons and vigorous action will find this book disappointing. But if you prefer your fantasy leavened with wisdom, pity and humanity, Tigana will fill you with a sublime compassion for the human condition that will have you dreaming about this haunting world for perhaps the rest of your life.
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