"The Blouse." Bastien Vives' latest graphic novel, is a beauty and beautifully executed with an assured economy.
Prix Wolinski - Le Point 2018
From the publisher:
A student of Classical Literature at the Sorbonne, Séverine is neither beautiful, ugly, brilliant, nor mediocre. The young woman lives a banal existence, without brilliance but without drama, alongside a companion who pays her less attention than a television series or video game. After babysitting, she is given a silk blouse that will mysteriously change her life. From that day forward, men give her a different look, loaded with desire. Does the garment have a magic power? Séverine doesn't know, but she finds that it gives her confidence. And it allows her to take destiny into her own hands...
With the grace and the sensuality which he has in particular already demonstrated in Une Soeur ("A Sister"), Bastien Vivès draws a new female portrait resolutely adult and contemporary.