Petar & Liza
de Miroslav Sekulic-Struja
Translated from Croatian by Ana Setka and Wladimir Anselme
Actes Sud BD, 176 p., €28
Petar is a lunar being, wandering the streets of a dreamlike Croatia where the characters say things like: “Some colors are edible when you’re waiting for your train in the cold”… He goes from one job to another, composing poems, laces always undone. In a city with a blocked horizon, he meets Liza, a young dancer who, like him, does not laugh at the same time as the others while watching a film. Life changes, the decorations take on color like Douanier Rousseau’s canvases, happiness seems possible. Until the demons return. A love story of rare narrative and poetic strength. Stunning.
the Clara Lodewick
Dupuis, 160 pages, €24
Merel, local of a Flemish gazette, cultivates her independence with as much care as her vegetable garden. Her quiet life is turned upside down by the poison of a rumor of which she is the target… Young Belgian author, Clara Lodewick signs a touching first album, both a cruel chronicle of rural life in Flanders and a sensitive portrait of a beautiful female character. . Nugget of a new collection launched by Dupuis, Les ondes Marcinelle, this comic strip, whose delicacy is reminiscent of Camille Jourdy (Rosalie Blum), is less concerned with its aesthetics than with its attention to detail. And to the silences that show and hear the inner voice of a free woman.