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The Biography of an Author through the Pictures of a Comic

September 12th, 2014

News from Berlin - Literature is about comics, about representing a city, about searching for inspiration, indistinct lines and discolored faces. The Embassy of Portugal has embraced Cyril Pedrosa’s work as part of the Lusophonic heritage shown in the International Festival of Literature. However, this time, words are accompanied by unconcluded pictures – pictures that leave room for the imagination to breathe.

“Portugal” is considered the most important and ambitious work by Cyril Pedrosa. The artist, born in France, has become a draftsman, a drawer and writer of comics. For this project, Pedrosas has chosen warm colors and impulsive strokes for a story of self-discovery. The comic tells the trip of Simon Muchat, a writer who is running out of inspiration. In the mid-seventies, he travels to Portugal to attend the wedding of his cousin. His ancestors originated from here, in the south of Europe, the land from which they they escaped during the dictatorship of Salazar. The story of his childhood and his exile to France is reconstructed by pictures and letters. 

According to the information provided by the Embassy of Portugal, the comic aims to produce a genealogical story that, with a new perspective, will change the way the main character faces life. However, it is also a piece relating to the history of Europe with reflections on the concept of ‘home’ and ‘family’.

This semi-autobiographical comic will be presented on the 14th of September, while, on the 15th, there will be a workshop on graphic novels.

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