Brigitte Bardot, Chandernagor’s memoirs or the kitchens of dictators… the book selection of the week from “Sud Ouest”

Brigitte Bardot, Chandernagor’s memoirs or the kitchens of dictators… the book selection of the week from “Sud Ouest”
Brigitte Bardot, Chandernagor’s memoirs or the kitchens of dictators… the book selection of the week from “Sud Ouest”

History of the police. Born in 1957, Charles Diaz belongs to the family of “great cops”. He began his career at the Quai des Orfèvres in 1980 as an inspector in the criminal brigade, and ended it as a general controller in the General Inspectorate of the National Police. A police historian, he tells in “Le 36 au temps de Maigret”, the creation of the legendary Commissioner Maigret and how Georges Simenon was invited to discover the 36 by his big boss at the time, Xavier Guichard. And he delivers the genesis to “Sud Ouest”. “The 36 in the time of Maigret”, by Charles Diaz, Mareuil Éditions, 270 pages, €20.

Roman. There, “the north wind speaks French” and the rivers are home to gold. As everywhere. But the glitter here slides towards the river, know it, the gold of the Loire comes from Creuse. Françoise Chandernagor delivers, this summer, her most intimate book, the one that tells how her family, her life and her work were built. “The Gold of the Rivers” by Françoise Chandernagor, published by Gallimard, 304 p., €21, ebook, €13.99.

Essay. Amin Dada, Pol Pot, Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein and Enver Hodja did not die of hunger, but of their unquenchable thirst for power, as Witold Szablowski recounts in his book “How to Feed a Dictator”. An essay based on the testimonies of their cooks. “How to Feed a Dictator” by Witold Szablowski, published by Noir sur Blanc, 240 p. €22, ebook €15.99.

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