Br sel est le cinqui me album si l on met de c t les spin offs de la chronique des Cit s obscures En apparence, l esth tique est plus r aliste, moins mani riste, que les premiers volumes Br sel appara t d abord comme une grande ville europ enne de la deuxi me moiti du XXe si cle, avec ses commerces, ses administrations, ses travaux et m me ses panneaux publicitaires aux messages stupides.
Mais, tr s vite, le fleuriste dont on suit l histoire, se rend compte que quelque chose ne tourne pas rond les coupures d eau courante et de t l phone se multiplient, les services publics sont totalement embourb s dans les protocoles et les administrateurs sont pris d une obsession technocratique de la croissance.
Il s agit donc du paysage urbain comme grand corps malade, o les plantes en plastique ont remplac la v g tation, o les dossie Smart drawings, poor story UN ahistoria loqu sima al servicio de unas arquitecturas imposibles.
Patriotische Br seler gegen die Modernisierung der ArchitekturDie Stadt Br sel hat genug von der Vergangenheit die Zukunft, plastiziert und modernisiert, ruft Raus mit den biologischen Pflanzen, her mit Kunststoffpalmen Weg mit den alten Stuckgeb uden, setzt moderne, klare, funktionale Hochh user an ihren Platz Der ehemalige Florist Abeels will mit diesen Gedanken mithalten Doch je l nger er sich in diesen neuen H usern befindet und sich damit besch ftigt, umso kr nker wird er, und alle um ihn herum scheinen sich pl tzlich nur noch um sich selbst zu k mmern bis er auf die dauersabotierende Tina trifft ber die Reihe der cit s obscures kann man vieles sagen, aber eins nicht Dass sie sich wiederholt Praktisch jeder Band ist v llig anders zu dem davor, sowohl von In Abeels Runs A Flower Shop About To Enter Modernity Imagine, Through The Miracle Of Plastics, Flowers That Never Fade His Novelty Is Snatched Up By The Ambitious City Planners Of An All New Brusel No Lack Of Hygiene No Dusty Old Buildings All Is Razed And Enormous New Skyscrapers Are Erected At Blistering Speed Never Mind The Disruptions And Uprootings Of People S Lives Abeels Falls In Love With A Renegade Woman Who Fights The Extensive Redesigns And Ends Up Having To Play [ Pdf Brüsel Ï applied-mathematics PDF ] by François Schuiten ↠´ Both Sides Carefully This World Has Been So Successful In Europe As To Elicit Metro Stations In Paris And Brussels Designed After It



I really liked the subtle link between progress in surgery and construction as if the city was a patient and as usual the great scenery and compositions This is my third visit to Franco Belgian creators Schuiten and Peeters s Cit s obscures The series of graphic novels is currently difficult or impossible to read completely in English, as it has passed between several different publishers, leaving many of the volumes out of print and prohibitively expensive Only my rather scattered academic employment and my urban living situation, which together give me access to three good library systems, has allowed me to get this far into the series Br sel is the volume that introduces both the character of Constant Abeels, a genial and quietly romantic florist, and the titular Brussels like city, both of which will later feature inThe Theory of the Grain of Sand , my favorite entry in the series so far This volume is a fantastical polemic against the modernization of urban centers, an activity it depicts as driven by crass profiteers, on Ä Brüsel Ä I have been fascinated recently to come across the work of some European graphic novelists that were completely unknown to me Moebius is one that I have found fascinating, and this one also fits that category well This is one of the Obscure Cities that was developed by Francois Schuiten and Bernard Peeters and note that I did not say that the book was developed by them What they have done, with the help of many other people, is to develop a series of almost but not quite real places that align to our own history planet whatever but aren t real Brusel is one of those places, and this graphic novel is set within A series of somewhat odd circumstances happen to the main character in this set of stories, and questions are raised about how we p is actually a comics shop in downtown Brussels named after this volume, and I had assumed for some reason that it was originally in Dutch and a standalone tale In fact it was originally in French but I read the Dutch translation and it s the fifth at least counts vary in a series of works with the overall title Les Cit s Obscures, which sort of translates to The Obscure Cities , set in a succession of parallel conurbations which are closely related to those on our own world There s no doubt whatsoever as to which city Br sel refers to, particularly since my edition is prefaced with an angry and well illustrated essay about how urban development has destroyed communities and heritage in the real Brussels It s a book of polemic rather than plot Our hero, Constant Abeels, is a florist who has switched from real flowers to plastic ones He gets drawn into th L urbanisation galopante et absurde de Br sel, l administration kafka enne, des savants loufoques, un promoteur v reux et une histoire d amour totalement improbableL ensemble donne une excellente BD, centr e sur la ville de Br sel bien s r.
La fin au cours de laquelle Tina et Constant sont bien s r r unis, est assez po tique, une forme de po sie un peu onirique et un peu surr aliste qu on retrouve dans plusieurs autres pisodes.
Une lecture fortement recommand e

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