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INVITATION AU HAVRE
Ligne B – Invitation au Havre is a special book. To start, it is a novel, with 15 chapters written and named after the 15 stops of the tram B in Le Havre: each chapter’s name influences the novel content, built as a metaphore. This tram line starts at The Beach, a pretty rich area, goes through the beautiful city built in rough concrete by Auguste Perret after the terrible bombing of 1944, and ends in the popular area on the small hill of Caucriauville.
Each chapter is illustrated by a serie of photographs, taken on the tram line, left hand side and right hand side. As a result, the book intertwins novel and photographs, telling a social (but not boring) story of endearing characters from Le Havre.
The tram stops/chapter names are so strong in terms of evocations (The Beach, City Council, Court House, Train Station, University, Round About, Jenner, Curie, Verlaine, Schuman, Saint Peter…) that in the end, Ligne B raises the question: what if our life would be like a tram trip and what do we do with the stops?
To play with the usual voice of a tramway, the novel welcomes a serie of pictograms that make an echo with the characters.
Ligne B has been printed and bound with state of the art professionals in the Netherlands.
Jean Segui was born in 1956. He is a writer, specialised in portrait and social satyre. Ligne B is his sixth publication. Elodie Boyer was born in 1972. In the continuation of Lettres du Havre, she conceived Ligne B book and she took the photographs illustrating each chapter/station of Ligne B.
Title: Ligne B
Sub-title : Invitation au Havre
Illustrated Novel (in French)
468 pages of which 90 pages of photos
Format: 130 x 210 mm
Design: Patrick Doan
Print run: 750 copies
Thought in France, Made in The Netherlands
Date of publication: Dec 2014
Standard version : 25 €
Premium version, numbered (with box): 200€
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