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...
Though both parents were alive, Richard and his four brothers lived in an orphanage for five years! It was in 1959, five floors of dormitories at fifty children a floor, with nuns' cells on each floor. Richard recalls that, "as in all concentration-camp systems, daily life is dull and repetitive." Some get up, make their beds, say their prayers, while others line up for the strap. It's just routine. Sometimes for some people it's fun, or at least tolerable. For others, it is unbearable. But this tale does not settle old scores or vent bitterness. It will have you laughing and crying. It is simply the short and moving story of how Richard began the rest of his life.
Richard Bergeron leads the Montreal municipal party Projet Montréal and has twice run for mayor. An architect and an urban planner, he has written five books published in Quebec and in Europe. He is a Montreal city councillor. Richard Bergeron has travelled widely, particularly in Africa. His doctoral thesis in urban planning focuses on housing policy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Peter McCambridge is a professional translator. He has an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge University. His MA thesis is on the Montreal Canadiens and popular culture in Quebec. Peter McCambridge translated I HATE HOCKEY by François Barcelo (Baraka 2011). He also won the John Dryden Translation Prize