– From Simon Nobs to Robert Mcfarlane, the fauna and flora of authors
Meowing with a submissive master, quivering with the bowels of the earth or daydreaming in the beautiful escapes of animal poetry… enough to forget human miseries.
Simon Nobs tames you
Kiwi cat likes to stretch out at full length on his master’s computer keyboard. Or rather his slave. Because if Simon sincerely loves his pocket feline, the latter tolerates him, as a butler or as a cleaning man. For hugs, it’s when he wants, in other words not often.
No wonder that in “Drum mewing”, Simon Nobs evokes in the subtitle “an asymmetrical relationship” with his four-legged companion. A social worker in Geneva when he is not drawing, the author draws inspiration from his daily life by caricaturing himself. Well seen.
With one moment of acerbic humor per page, the situations evoked through the animal’s sarcastic comments ring true. Finely observed under a sometimes schoolboy exterior.
“Drum Mew” Simon Nobs Ed. blue flowers
Françoiz Breut, Pierloot et cie, it’s moving!
The Belgian Mathieu Pierloot dreamed of Bill Evans or Paul McCartney, the writer preferred to become himself, an author of bizarre stories for children, adults, teenagers and even perhaps his cat. “Grand Déménagement”, a pop musical tale put into 8 songs by his compatriot Françoiz Breut, shakes up the smoky clichés of mining towns.
Or at least, dig into an imaginary which leaves strange fumaroles above the “pointed belly” of the slag heaps and factories. By dint of bringing the earth’s bowels to the surface, the houses were swallowed up. “They said it was the ugliest place in the world”… but rather than flee this industrial past, the inhabitants invent a market gardening “happy ending”. A utopia to be saluted in unison!
“Big Move” Pierloot and Breut Ed. The Label in the forest, 60 p.
Robert McFarlane exercises his spells
Unexpected best-seller in Great Britain, “The little book of spells” is like a sorcerer’s grimoire. Antidote to gloom pendulum to draw on the train, botany and ornithology manual to take on a walk…
Robert McFarlane, professor of environmental humanities at Cambridge, was already enjoying his “Lost Words”. Faced with the paintings of nature, this heir to the wanderer John Muir enchants by bringing together his parliament of animals, jackdaws, goldfinches and curlews with arched beaks.
Farther on arctic hares or foxes frolic, leaping in sophisticated cutting boards signed by watercolourist Jackie Morris. A magical book whose poems captivate by speaking only of freedom.
“The Little Book of Spells” Robert Mcfarlane and Jackie Morris Ed. The bullring, 240 p.
Cecile Lecoultreof Belgian origin, graduated from the University of Brussels in art history and archaeology, has been writing in the cultural section since 1985. She is passionate about literature and cinema…among others!
Philippe Muri is a journalist, co-responsible for the cultural section. It covers in particular comic strips and cultural outings. He also worked as a sports journalist or editor for the daily newspapers “Le Matin” and “Le Temps”, as well as for the weekly “L’Illustré”.
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