L’Homme semence

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By Laëtitia Rouxel and Mandragore

In 1852, Violette Ailhaud was of marriageable age when her village in the Basses-Alpes was brutally deprived of all its men by the repression that followed the Republican uprising of December 1851. Two years pass in total isolation. Between the women, an oath is made that if a man comes, he will be their common husband, so that life continues in the belly of each one.
“L’homme semence” is a text written in 1919 by Violette Ailhaud (born in 1835, died in 1925 at Le Saule Mort, a hamlet in the village of Le Poil, in the Basses Alpes, now called Alpes de Haute Provence).
In this two-sided comic strip by Mandragore and Laëtitia Rouxel, “L’homme semence” takes paths where the beauty of the images intertwines with that of the words. Laëtitia Rouxel interprets Violette Ailhaud’s story while, on the other side, Mandragore tells the historical background from the republican uprising against Napoleon III’s coup d’état on December 2, 1851, to the emotion that “L’homme semence” arouses today.
This book is a co-edition of L’Œuf and Parole




152 pages

Full color

21.00 x 28.00 cm


ISBN : 9782917141571

26.00 €