• Composer sa vie offre rien moins qu'une façon radicale de repenser l'idée d'accomplissement. » San Francisco Chronicle
    « J'ai choisi d'explorer (...) cinq vies la mienne et celle de quatre de mes amies. Nous avons dû gérer des ruptures, un éparpillement des énergies, et pourtant nous avons toutes été enrichies par nos réalisations professionnelles et par nos relations personnelles en amour comme au travail. Nous sommes différentes, mais avons beaucoup de choses en commun. Ce livre est le fruit de nos conversations et réflexions.»
    A travers ces vies tumultueuses, Mary Catherine Bateson s'intéresse aux changements, porteurs d'incertitudes et de doutes, et dévoile leurs forces : l'interdépendance, le soin porté à l'autre et à la planète, la flexibilité, l'ambiguïté et l'engagement.
    Elle s'attache à déterminer les improvisations auxquelles les changements amoureux, amicaux, professionnels, sociaux obligent. Or l'improvisation, comme le savent les jazzmen, est un formidable instrument de création. Elle provoque de nouvelles interactions, de nouvelles grilles de lecture et révèle des possibilités jusque-là insoupçonnées.
    Anthropologue, linguiste, convaincue que chaque individu peut composer sa vie au regard de sa personnalité, Mary Catherine Bateson ouvre, comme le firent ses parents, Margaret Mead et Gregory Bateson, le champ de la pensée.
    Composer sa vie, publié en 1989, jamais traduit en français, résonne profondément avec notre époque. On tourne le dos au culte de la compétition pour entrer dans l'ère du partage, de la collaboration et de l'échange. Un texte inspirant et revigorant.

    Traduit par Céline Leroy
    Couverture ©Tylor Durand


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  • From the author of Composing a Life (first published in 1991 and still in print), an inspiring exploration of a new stage of the life cycle, "Adulthood II," created by unprecedented levels of health, energy, time, and resources--of which we have barely begun to be fully conscious.
    Mary Catherine Bateson sees aging today as an "improvisational art form calling for imagination and willingness to learn," and in this ardent, affirming study, she relates the experiences of men and women--herself included--who, upon entering this second adulthood, have found new meaning and new ways to contribute, composing their lives in new patterns.
    Among the people Bateson engages in open-ended, in-depth conversations are a retired Maine boatyard worker who has become a silversmith and maker of fine jewelry; an African American woman who explores the importance of grandmothering; two gay men finding contentment in mutual caring; the retired dean of a cathedral in New York City who exemplifies how a multiplicity of interests and connections lead to deeper unity; and Jane Fonda, who shares her ways of dealing with change and spiritual growth.
    Here is a book that presents each of us--at any age--with an exhilarating challenge to think about and approach our later lives with the full force of imagination, curiosity, and enthusiasm. At the same time, it speaks to us as members of a larger society concerned about the world that our children and grandchildren, born and nt yet born, will inherit. "We live longer," she says, "but we think shorter." As adults find themselves entering Adulthood II, making the choices that will affirm and complete the meaning of the lives they have lived, they can play a key role, contributing their perspectives and their experience of adapting to change. In our day, wisdom is no longer associated with withdrawal and passivity but with engagement with others and the contribution that Bateson calls "active wisdom." From the Hardcover edition.

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