Catel et Bocquet retracent le destin de la fascinante Joséphine Baker dans un magnifique roman (bio)graphique tout en noir et blanc. En 500 pages, les auteurs nous dévoilent toutes les facettes de cette femme emplie de convictions : muse de nombreux artistes, militante contre la ségrégation raciale, agent du contre-espionnage de la France Libre, mère adoptive d’une douzaine d’enfants venus d’horizons divers… elle était décidément bien plus qu’une danseuse de cabaret affublée d’une ceinture de bananes...
The Fourth Largest In Latvia sees "Leading scholar in his field" Viktor Draaks embarking - against his will - on an increasingly desperate and absurd journey through Latvian society.
On the way he encounters many of the typical inhabitants of this small but interesting Baltic state: friendly criminals, the helpful Russian secret service, confused nationalists, bored porn stars, drunk British stag parties, sadistic masseurs, mysterious mushroom pickers, three angry presidents and the charmingly psychotic mayor of a seaside town.
All the while Viktor faces another threat in the form of Pavel Panchev a man who looks poised to usurp his cherished position at the top of the international geopolitical conference circuit.
Can Viktor make it back to his life of pillow menus and goody bags or is he destined to spend the rest of his life eating black bread? Only the Fourth Largest In Latvia will decide his fate...
Miks Koljers (Mike Collier) was born May 14, 1971, exactly 16 years to the day since the signing of the Warsaw Pact. He grew up in Gloucester, England, a city chiefly notable for its cathedral, a breed of spotted pigs ideal for sausages and being home to Britain's most notorious serial killer.
Koljers was educated at Beaufort - which despite its name was not an exclusive private school - before studying English at the University of East Anglia where he was one of very few contemporaries not to enrol on the celebrated creative writing course run by Malcolm Bradbury. However, during this peiod Koljers was compared to Dylan Thomas by a posh girl who could not tell the difference between Welsh and West Country accents, and he was once locked in a room with Salman Rushdie (against his will).
By the mid-1990s Koljers was in London working for legendary 'King of Soho' Paul Raymond in a variety of shady jobs. During the sole direct conversation between the two, Koljers informed Raymond that no, he had not bought a new carpet.
Next, Koljers was recruited by the BBC to edit children's magazines for several years before moving to Bristol to edit the city's second-best listings magazine. By the turn of the millennium he was working as motoring editor for the UK's national Press Association, a role he continued to perform until a growing horror that he was starting to sound like Jeremy Clarkson forced him to flee the country in 2007.
Koljers has travelled widely in Central and Eastern Europe, once had to escape at night from a Ligurian castle and enjoyed a brief stint as an honorary member of the Bulgarian Navy.
He was formerly Baltic correspondent for Deutsche Presse-Agentur and is currently Latvia correspondent for Agence France-Presse. He lives somewhere near Cesis.