Internationally recognized artist, talented novelist and director, Marc Séguin beautifully illustrated 14 tales by Jacques Ferron in a collection published for the 60e anniversary of Éditions Hurtubise. The book brings together 14 of the 44 Tales by Jacques Ferron, published in 1968 in their first complete edition.
The Tales still occupy a central place in the work of Jacques Ferron. They approach the themes that were close to his heart: love of the country, individual and national dispossession, the role of the artist in society, the quest for salvation, escape.
Marc Séguin, a great admirer of Jacques Ferron’s prose, imbues these 14 tales with his particular gaze in this exceptional work.
“I had read them a long time ago, because they are part of our heritage. Jacques Ferron is a staple of Quebec literature. When they approached me to work on Jacques Ferron, I said yes … having a bit of a bitch! How can we revisit them? I was intimidated because these are powerful texts, which are very rich. I have the impression, as a reader, that I cannot add a comma. The texts are perfect, every time. He saw through people. “
Marc Séguin allowed his fear to settle a little … until he decided to accompany each text with what he understood, what inspired him, infused it.
For his drawings, he used French papers which date from the 18th century, purchased from a historical paper collector. “I needed support that was just as important. The paper commanded a certain respect when leaving. We don’t see it, but there is a watermark, a signature of the paper maker. I found that it echoed with the texts of Jacques Ferron. “
“Ferron understood the French language, but he made it Quebecois. In these papers, there was something beautiful, respectful, noble, sacred, like fairy tales. “
Marc Séguin made his sketches before making his drawings, freehand, with lead pencils. “There was something very direct, beautiful, which sounded like smoke. There are colored buttons on the left and right. The lead pencil made it simpler, but at the same time more dangerous: everything is there, I can’t hide my line. “
He took the time to think it over and let it happen. “The project lasted 5 weeks, in the winter, before the end of the world. I gave myself the time to find everything and do things. “
Marc Séguin notes that what Jacques Ferron did, with his tales, was to trace us, as Quebeckers. “When I read, the character is created in my head and I see it. By sketching outlines, it places a shape, but it leaves more space for the reader to make his own story. ”
Jacques Ferron was born in Louiseville in 1921 and died in 1985.
Along with his medical career, he was a playwright, short story writer, novelist, essayist and literary critic.
He also participated in political life.
Marc Séguin is an internationally recognized artist.
He is also a novelist and director.
Two cheeses from the Fromagerie de L’Isle-aux-Grues bear his name (L’Angélique-à-Marc and La-Bête-à-Séguin) and part of the sales goes into a grant for the arts.
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