Reading: Les Murailles de Samaris


What better recommendation to find a certain book than personal recommendations from three different people. The words ‘architecture’ and ‘comics’ have directed me to a Belgian series called Les Cités Obscures by Benoît Peeters and François Shuiten . I have the first two albums and will write more shortly. Until then, this quote from co-author Peeters:

Et déjà nous nous en rendions compte: dans une histoire comme celle qui s’annonçait, le décor ne pouvait pas être l’élément secondaire qu’il était dans la plupart des bandes dessinées. Beaucoup plus que le malheureux Franz, ballotté d’un lieu à l’autre sans bien comprendre ce qui lui arrivait…

Benoît Peeters, Les Murailles de Samaris
Paris (?) Casterman, 1993, postscript

Which I would tentatively translate as:

And then we realised it: in this kind of story, the decoration could not be the secondary element which it was in the majority of comic strips. It was much more so than the unhappy Franz, bouncing (?) from one place to another without understanding what has happened to him…


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    "no words no action" was an experiment in academic blogging. The blog recorded the progress of reading, research and investigations that lead to a Masters in Architecture dissertation at the University of Sheffield in autumn 2007. You can find out more about the author's interest in blogging here.

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