L'hiver en été by Jean-Pierre Gibrat
L'Hiver en été is a tour-de-force from award winning writer/artist Jean-Pierre Gibrat, and is dedicated to Jean-Pierre Gibrat's work from last twenty years, in particular the beautifully illustrated historical graphic novel trilogy, Le Sursis, Le Vol du corbeau and Mattéo.
This is a highly memorable and appealing collection, rich in the great human tribulations tragedies from the First World War, through the Russian Revolution, the Popular Front, and the Spanish Civil War, culminating in the soul piercing events of World War 2.
Gibrat's illustrations and stories resonate with us on a deeply emotional human level, whether we find his heroines in the middle of an exodus, among the refugees fleeing Paris or on the platform of a train station or returning to the capital after the German defeat.
Throughout the book, Jean-Pierre shares his love of history, revealing with humour and sincerity, his influences in drawing, literature, cinema, and interesting career in art, from his first caricatures in the style of the Grandes Gueules to the marvellous depth of the Pilote years in an interview conducted by Rebecca Manzoni.
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June 1943. Hidden in the attic of the teacher's house, sealed by the militia, Julien observes the daily life of the village of Cambeyrac, where he grew up and where he is believed to be dead. Declared missing after the bombing of the train that was supposed to take him to Germany, from which he had escaped, he awaits the end of the war from his observation post. The acts of love and hate, the cowardice, the heroism and the compromises of the inhabitants of Cambeyrac unfold before his eyes, like so many banal and cruel pictures of occupied France. And then there is Cécile, the beautiful Cécile with whom he is secretly in love, and whose actions he tirelessly interprets day after day. Until fate, mocking and implacable, reminds him that all this was little more than a reprieve.
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