– Michel Tremblay doesn’t have the perfect ear, but he smiles about it
No memory flinching at his emotions in concert with the Quebec playwright, with Peter Sìs rediscovering the “British Schindler” or Patricia Cornwell finding Scarpetta…
“Nicky & Vera”, the most beautiful album of the summer
A wonderful album about a horror of war…Nicky & Vera does justice to Nicholas Winton, a young Englishman who helped refugees in Prague in 1938, huddled under the Nazi threat. This modern adventurer has saved almost 700 children. Posterity has hardly remembered this action, as its author testifies to a nature reserve. The Czech Peter Sís welcomes it, but beyond an obviously deserved recognition, delivers an object of rare delicacy.
Because the author also dedicates this illustrated book to young people, in memory of the children of yore who got caught up in the tumult. Painter, filmmaker, writer, this New York-based Czech artist uses all his gifts to enliven Nicky’s Odyssey, making it modern and accessible without falling into pathetic sentimentality or hype.
Its cut surprises by its boldness. Whether continuing with a bold spread or a classic contrast between text and image, the narrator insists on adding an organic texture to the narrative. Dreams take shape in the mind? So he draws them in the skulls. The slowness of a railroad convoy, its relentless length, thus materialize in a haunting full page, punching in the face. And so on, without ever breaking the train or creaking too much in the dramaturgy.
The modesty of Nicholas Winton, here pursued into his peaceful old age, becomes only more majestic and precious, characteristic of a true lord shining with a discreet humanity upon the chaos of the world. A must.
“Nicki & Vera” Peter’s sister Ed. Grasset, 72 pp. From 6 years.
Michel Tremblay in concert, from Montserrat Caballé to Celine Dion
The Quebecer Michel Tremblay enchants by telling about his musical emotions. Far from pompous dissertations, the mischievous eighty-year-old orchestrates intimate melodramas of laughter and sobs. And his self-mockery is often touching in its accuracy. Anecdotal and yet universal, the playwright and novelist knows how to stage his memories. Here “music offers”.
For several years, this creator of more than 3000 imaginary characters has been working on his memoirs, but he, having experienced so much, carries them out with originality, creating lists and fans. It is both learned and light, like flutters exchanged in the manner of learned and friendly conversation. Musically, dissonances alternate with harmonies. It’s just one step from genius to quack.
“But she’s the fattest woman in town!”
Michel Tremblay at the Montserrat Caballé concert
Seeing him bring his own evil to the point when, in 1975, the man of the scene, intellectually in sight, orders his friends that Barbara “on vacation with her vampire” apes the tragedy by spitting out her tics. And then surrender to the lady in black’s entrance. Or hear him tell how he was forced to leave the Met in New York in 1970, while Plácido Domingo pretends throughout an opera not to recognize the voluptuous Montserrat Caballé, shrouded in veils like a monstrous and misty elephant” Bal Masqué” – “But she’s the fattest woman in town!”
There are also revelations, like Celine Dion in Las Vegas when the singer’s fans sabotage her show by interrupting her with their applause. So many bravos that the star is obliterated and relegated to the background with an ovation that crushes him and even destroys his vocal presence. A height… KEY
“Musical Offers” Michael Tremblay Ed. Southern Files, 166 p.
Patricia Cornwell digs up Scarpetta
Only fools don’t change their minds. Contrary to her announcement in 2015, the American Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta does not want to see her retire and releases “Autopsy”. For the record, his heroine and alter ego, analyst and forensic scientist like the author, has aged in osmosis with his 65-year-old creator.
Emblematic of an entire period of crime fiction and printed in more than 100 million copies, Kay’s saga was born in 1990 surfing the cutting edge of technology, with a perspective sharpened by the visit of the most prominent scientists to the United States. And in this 25e Consequence, it is not missing. If the case begins with a butchered corpse near a railroad in Virginia, it also has a connection to a space lab. Thanks to a connection with the station, another autopsy is carried out remotely…
The White House is kept in the loop, of course, but this alternation between the “lucky few” and the common folk helps restore a credibility that has tended to evaporate in Cornwall. Plus, as always, Patricia Cornwell takes care of the human dimension in this techno-thriller with effects reminiscent of Michael Crichton’s visionary novels. The writer, one of the first to come out of the closet, a heroine with Sapphic ambitions – Kay’s niece – knows how to sneak in small observations about social relationships without delivering clumsy messages.
Patricia Cornwell, an astute observer of America under the tight surveillance of social networks, the excesses of the Donald Trump administration, the rise of wokism and other extremist movements, returns to her first love by playing the sometimes too “trendy” game of his latest novels calmed down . His badass astronaut heroine only packed in moderation.
More good news: At 65, the man who seems never to age has teamed up with nearby star Jamie Lee Curtis to adapt Kay Scarpetta’s investigation into a series. Continuation, even if we didn’t expect it anymore!
“Autopsy” Patricia Cornwall Ed. JC Lattes, 361 p.
The stiffs are playing hide and seek
What happened in the summer of 2000 on the island of Bréhat, not far from Brittany? A child has gone missing, and twenty years later, death returns to roam this heavenly corner of the earth. Corpses appear and then disappear. Are the stiffies playing hide-and-seek with the blessing of the Ankou, the ghostly creature of Breton mythology?
It would take more to persuade the detective sent to the crime scene to solve this affair, which is surrounded by superstition and legend. Adherents to the island atmosphere – they have previously signed three albums in Ouessant, Belle-Ile-en-Mer and Sein – screenwriter Patrick Weber and designer Nicoby are signing a comic thriller that smells like Agatha Christie.
Maintaining the history and the living line. A success with an unexpected outcome.
“Deadly hide-and-seek in Bréhat” Weber and Nicoby Ed. Winds of the West, 136 p.
Cecile Lecoultreof Belgian origin, graduate of the University of Brussels in Art History and Archaeology, has been writing in the Culture Department since 1985. She has a passion for literature and cinema…among others!
Philippe Muri is a journalist, jointly responsible for the culture department. In particular, it includes comic strips and cultural excursions. He also worked as a sports journalist or editor for the daily newspapers “Le Matin” and “Le Temps” and for the weekly newspaper “L’Illustré”.