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Renée

Written by Ludovic Debeurme | January 2014
Renée
Top Shelf Productions | January 2014

French graphic novelist Ludovic Debeurme returns with a devastating sequel to his prize-winning graphic novel Lucille. While Lucille moves back in with her overbearing mother and Arthur serves time in prison for murder, new character Renée becomes obsessed with a married jazz musician twice her age. Debeurme's haunting border-less panels follow these three lovers between dreams and reality, twining their stories together into a poignant and universal search for love.


Reviews

"Do you love to be unsettled and shaken up by a book? Then you'll love Renée… the artist's sleek line wells up into the middle of the pure white page, unbound by boxes or balloons, and leaves no one - neither character nor reader - unstained." - Le Monde

"With detailed hatching reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch, Ludovic Debeurme crafts fantastical and poignant scenes, exploring the ordinary monstrosity of man and his anxieties… Debeurme has invented a unique poetry here, with intelligence and grace." - Les InRocks

"With tremendous graphic freedom, Debeurme depicts people who are trapped… wrapped up in the mystery of their internal drama." - Livres Hebdo

"Despite a plot that could have been risky, Renée's triple-voiced narrative is beautifully constructed, and proves Debeurme's enduring talent for breaking the traditional boundaries of comics. Simply excellent." - Citrouille / Association of Booksellers for Youth


Article originally published by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States on frenchculture.org.

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