La Fête Nationale
July 14, 2011
What better way to pay tribute to our French-interest books than on la quatorze de juillet! Here are a few titles from our catalog we are sure to celebrate the Francophile in you.
L’image obscene – Gilles Tondini documents “behind-the-scenes” artwork found in Parisian hospital break rooms. If you’ve ever wondered how French medical interns in perpetual zombie mode express themselves, do yourself the favor and pick this one up. As always, the photos are as impressive as the subject matter itself. And Tondini’s third MBP production, Cataphiles: Artists Beneath Paris (to be released next spring) makes you wonder if he has a key to the city of lights.
Paris Underground – Caroline Archer, Alexander Parré, and Gilles Tondini collaborated their talents to allow access to Parisian street art’s very own time capsule. Under the streets of the city are caves and tunnels adorned in illicit artwork hidden from daylight; some of it dated back to the storming of the Bastille. The caverns display responses to events in France that provoked rebellions we read about today.
Illustrated Three-Line Novels: Félix Fénéon – Joanna Neborsky brings Fénéon’s stories to life in this beautifully illustrated hardcover translation by Luc Sante. Fénéon was a controversial artist and art-critic whose subject matter was anarchistic and game-changing in late 19th century Paris. This gem is both a representation MBP’s line of illustrated fiction as it is historic French literature.
Happy Bastille Day!