Books: Joël Breurec signs a “Little chronicle of a Brest-trotter”

Books: Joël Breurec signs a “Little chronicle of a Brest-trotter”
Books: Joël Breurec signs a “Little chronicle of a Brest-trotter”

“Little chronicle of a Brest-trotter” is your fourth book, what is it about?

Joël Breurec: “The main subject is Brest! It’s a book that I started about thirty years ago, over the years my notes have grown. I thought maybe it was time to publish it. These are both memories of yesteryear, but also the Brest of today. This is the Brest that I discovered through literature and painting. I try to avoid clichés and postcards. That’s all that makes my Brest, my Brest(s), there is an autobiographical part in the end.”

What should the reader expect?

“A succession of small paintings. He must expect to walk between different places, different times of the year but also of the day, between seasons. Some pages are accompanied by illustrations by Philippe Kerarvran. I was very happy that it was him. He was free in what he could offer. It happens to illustrate precisely what I am describing. But sometimes he chooses what he wants to draw. Readers should not expect a Brest described in the style of Jacques Prévert as with “Barbara”, my book does not end with “There is nothing left”. Far from there ! Even after the war, there was always something in Brest, the people of Brest themselves, but also the history or the memories that do not die. Finally, you shouldn’t expect it to resemble my other writings which are children’s novels. This one is very different, it is not fictional and above all it is for all audiences.”

Brest is at the heart of your trip, where does this strong attachment come from?

“I am originally from Brest, which immediately creates a connection. I left Brest during my three years of high school, I came back by train. When I saw Moulin-Blanc beach then the commercial port appear, I said to myself “back home”. I think that’s partly where I understood that I had this special connection with the city. I loved seeing this landscape take shape. And then, I have always loved walking around Brest, I have the impression of rediscovering it, of taking a fresh look each time. A feeling of never really knowing her.”

Practical

“Little chronicle of a Brest-trotter”, by Joël Breurec (illustrations by Philippe Kerarvran), published by Dialogues, 85 pages, €16.

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