Prendre refuge
With Zeina Abirached
Wednesday 15 May 2019, at 7 pm


The Boghossian Foundation presents, in co-production with Les midi de la Poésie and La Charge du Rhinocéros, three evenings devoted to the literatures of the Arab world, between Maghreb and Mashreq. The second part of this Literary Fair is devoted to Zeina Abirached, author of the graphic novel Prendre refuge.

Prendre refuge
1939, Afghanistan. Around a campfire, at the feet of the Bamiyan Buddhas, a European traveller, Anne-Marie Schwarzenbach, falls in love with an archaeologist. That night, the two women heard on the radio that World War II broke out.
2016, Berlin. Karsten, a young German who is passionate about the East, meets Nayla, a Syrian refugee, whom he falls in love with, despite their differences. Through these two intertwined stories, two atypical love stories, like an echo of two complex periods, are woven through the pages. Combining opposites, bringing together beings who should never have crossed paths, the album offers a reflection on the difficulty of loving today as in the past.

Born in Beirut in 1981, Zeina Abirached studied graphic design in Lebanon and then at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and has since divided her time between comics and illustration. After [Beyrouth] Catharsis and 38 rue Youssef Semaani, her graphic novel Mourir partir revenir, le jeu des hirondelles was a great public and critical success (official selection of the 2008 Angoulême International Comics Festival, translated into twelve languages) closely followed by Je me souviens Beyrouth, Mouton, and Agatha de Beyrouth (a collaboration with the poet OuLiPien Jacques Jouet). She is the author of the Piano oriental (Casterman 2015), a story inspired by the life of her ancestor, inventor of a new musical instrument in Beirut in the 1960s. She regularly collaborates with the press and various publishers as an illustrator.


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