Renée

Written by Ludovic Debeurme | January 28, 2014
Renée, by Ludovic Debeurme, Top Shelf Productions, January 2014

French graphic novelist Ludovic Debeurme returns with a devastating sequel to his prize-winning graphic novel Lucille. While Lucille moves back in with her overbearing mother and Arthur serves time in prison for murder, new character Renée becomes obsessed with a married jazz musician twice her age. Debeurme's haunting border-less panels follow these three lovers between dreams and reality, twining their stories together into a poignant and universal search for love.

"Do you love to be unsettled and shaken up by a book? Then you'll love Renée… the artist's sleek line wells up into the middle of the pure white page, unbound by boxes or balloons, and leaves no one - neither character nor reader - unstained." Le Monde

"With detailed hatching reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch, Ludovic Debeurme crafts fantastical and poignant scenes, exploring the ordinary monstrosity of man and his anxieties… Debeurme has invented a unique poetry here, with intelligence and grace." Les InRocks

"With tremendous graphic freedom, Debeurme depicts people who are trapped… wrapped up in the mystery of their internal drama." Livres Hebdo

"Despite a plot that could have been risky, Renée's triple-voiced narrative is beautifully constructed, and proves Debeurme's enduring talent for breaking the traditional boundaries of comics. Simply excellent." Citrouille / Association of Booksellers for Youth

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Ludovic Debeurme is a French graphic novelist and illustrator. He was born in 1971. After studying fine art at the Sorbonne, he was first published in the anthology Comix 2000, followed by the acclaimed graphic novels Céfalus (2002) and Mes ailes d’homme (2003), the autobiographical story collection Ludologie (2003), and youth-oriented illustrated editions of the classics Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2001), The Chancellor (2004), and Gargantua (2004).

His breakthrough came in 2006 with the release of Lucille, which won the René Goscinny Prize and and was named one of the 5 “Essential” graphic novels of the Angoulême International Comics Festival. He followed that success with Le grand autre (2007), Le lac aux Vélies (2009), and Terra maxima (2010). The year 2011 saw his English-language debut with Lucille from Top Shelf, as well as the French release of Lucille’s sequel, Renée.

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