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The Promise

When reinterpreting the Ramayana, Vasantha Yogananthan’s photography is imbued with a gentleness tinged with melancholy, sometimes spiked with acidity. With its milky skies, its everyday scenes dotted with pink and its lovers frozen in motion, this second volume in the saga (Yogananthan will eventually produce seven, as in the tale) showcases visual silences. The washed out images patiently interweave the present with echoes of mythology.

Par Vasantha Yogananthan et Arshia Sattar

Chose Commune

Contes de la nuit grecque

Greece, homeland of the great myths, is also a land of stories. Jealous ogresses, heroes the size of a peppercorn, barefoot princesses: in these tales handed down orally, told in evenings gone by, the themes intertwine and strike a chord with us, evoke the wonder and rage of dreams. Even an epilogue, which seems familiar, is tinged with omens of the Greek night: “They lived happily, and we even better.”

Par Anna Angelopoulos

Éditions Corti

Histoires enfantines

Although he’s worked as a school teacher, political advisor, chronicler and professor, the Swiss Peter Bichsel (1935) knew from the age of eleven that he was a writer. These seven feverishly imaginative stories are illustrated by graphic artists Ruppert & Mulot. Their black and white images, like engravings, are interspersed with fables whose ordinary heroes take an idea to extremes. Everyday life is insidiously transformed and the extraordinariness of the ordinary reinvents the world.

Par Peter Bichsel

Le Nouvel Attila

Alexandrin ou l’art de faire des vers à pied

He has a scruffy raincoat and a thin mustache, but he also has a way with words. This comic book features Alexandrin de Vanneville, “poet of the countryside and the city” and literary vagabond, who has an optimistic outlook and a penchant for end rhymes: “It’s is my normal way of talking. Since my life doesn’t rhyme, I make words sing. It’s vital.” If only he could make a living out of his poetry.

Par Alain Kokor et Pascal Rabaté


Stephen Shore: Selected Works 1973-1981

In anticipation of the upcoming MoMA retrospective (from 11/19/2017 to 05/28/18), this volume presents rarely seen photographs by Stephen Shore, selected and interpreted by 15 personalities from the arts. Director Wes Anderson writes mini scenarios, photographer David Campany examines the color green, and writer Michael Lesy focuses on Shore’s (green) car, while novelist Lynne Tillmann writes a story. Adopting a neutral approach and photographing everything that deserved to be (in a horizontal format, like our field of vision), Shore preserved the years 1973 to 1981 for eternity.


Récreation, objet