Tale on incest: “I wanted to talk to children about the subject they are least told about”

Children’s literature is not just cute cubs and schoolchildren’s nonsense. She knows how to deal with painful and difficult subjects to raise awareness or support children in the face of the harshness of the world. But society struggles to face the issue of incest, and authors and publishers are no exception. Few books for children tackle this thorny subject, while the youngest are primarily concerned. How do you tell a reader of 5, 8 or 12 years old?

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Florence Dutruc-Rosset chose the tale. Youth author for thirty years, former editor-in-chief ofAstrapi, now at the helm of magazines My First Beautiful Stories and the Beautiful Stories, at Bayard, it released in November the mouthless princess. An album illustrated by Julie Rouvière, in which a young princess is the victim of nocturnal and secret visits from her father king. “He touched her like no daddy has the right to, in a way that didn’t respect her.” He touched her as if she were his wife, which is forbidden to all dads on Earth ”, can we clearly read it.

The princess dreams that her mother knows, that she protects her. But the queen, like many mothers faced with such a situation, does not see, does not hear, or prefers to act as if. The little girl then finds herself alone in the face of her suffering, cannot confide in anyone and, by dint of not speaking, sees her mouth disappear.

One autumn day, in the forest, she comes across a hunter. He shoots a doe in front of her, injures her. Faced with this unbearable scene, the princess finds her mouth again. The one that allows him to scream a «non» visceral. She will watch over the doe, take care of it, until the animal is back on its feet. The treatment that the young girl dreamed of being devoted to her. Florence Dutruc-Rosset explains to Release the reasons for this work.

Why did you choose to approach incest?

I wanted to talk to children about the subject they are told the least, the most serious, the most incomprehensible and the most destructive of all the abuses they can suffer. There are hardly any books on it, in any case no tales, stories. Children are much more victims of this violence than you would like to think. The taboo protects the aggressors and the word protects the children. Lifting the taboo is the best asset for them. And the earlier children are taken into care, the less serious psychological consequences they have in their lives.

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Why did you choose the form of the tale?

Symbolic images are powerful in this kind of theme, which cannot be faced in a way that is too brutal or too concrete. The tale allows to speak at the level of the heart, not just at the level of the mind, of the logical and rational understanding of the child. Mankind has used myths and legends a lot to try to understand, to advance on the path of life and to heal itself.

Did you write this book specifically for child victims of incest?

It is a story of a child’s emotional wound healing, so he can speak to children who have been hurt for X reasons in their family, who may not have experienced sexual pain. There is no more powerful than the character of the king. He is a person of authority, so you can project his story onto any adult who has authority. It is not because we did not experience the same thing as the hero of the book that we cannot identify with it and find something in him that speaks to us.

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I want to show children that there is a healing path, that they have sufficient strength in them, that we can meet caring people who help you and that we are not all alone locked in our silence . There are issues. It’s part, I hope, of healing tales.

What has your work with Mélanie Dupont, psychologist at the Hôtel-Dieu medico-legal unit and president of the Center de victimologie pour minors association, brought you?

I wondered how the parents were going to receive a story like this, if they weren’t going to feel bad, and she encouraged me a lot, said a lot that I had to be free to speak. The things we can name are much less active, terrifying.

I also had a reflection with her on the reception of the child. Will it shock him, traumatize him, scare him? She told me no: children do not have the same knowledge as we do, they simply receive the truths that disturb us much more easily. Children who are told that the country next door is at war, that the people have guns there and are killing themselves, are not afraid. And traumatized children, this story is supposed to do them good: we finally recognize their story, their suffering, words are put on what they have suffered. It can be a support for them, an opportunity to speak.

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The Mouthless Princess, by Florence Dutruc-Rosset, illustrated by Julie Rouvière, Bayard Editions, 40 pp., € 13.90. From 5 years.

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Italy’s Prime Minister Conte must avoid new elections

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte

If the non-party Conte wants to prevent new elections, he must quickly find new supporters in parliament. Italia Viva provides 25 of the 630 parliamentarians in the lower house and 18 of the 315 senators.

(Photo: Reuters)

Rom Matteo Renzi has to endure a lot of malice on Twitter. Under the hashtag #Renzivergogna (in German: Renzi Schande), the 46-year-old is shown either as a riot in the US Capitol or as a baby with building blocks – which are not from Lego, but from “L’ego” – Italian for “the ego “.

The former prime minister has dominated Italian politics for weeks: with threats, ultimatums and personal attacks on his successor Giuseppe Conte. It is still a mystery what the leader of the dwarf party Italia Viva actually wants. What is clear is only what he does not want: to continue to support the current government. On Wednesday evening, Renzi dropped his political bomb – and withdrew his two ministers from the cabinet after the dispute over EU aid. In the middle of the health crisis, which has already caused almost 80,000 corona deaths, Renzi is now giving the country a political one.

The current situation is difficult to convey to the Italian people. According to a survey by the polling institute Ipsos, 46 percent of citizens do not understand the government crisis. 73 percent of those surveyed believe that Renzi is only pursuing his personal interests – or those of his party. Just 13 percent think that the ex-prime minister is acting in the interests of the country.

The senator from Florence was right in his criticism of the content: Italy’s first draft for the EU reconstruction fund was not very ambitious, included too many old projects, and had no clear focus on investments. The new version that the cabinet decided after Renzi’s Christmas threats is definitely the better one. Renzi could have booked that as a success. But he bit into the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the billions of which he wanted to tap for the health system. It was clear from the start that the co-governing five-star movement would not move away from its no to the ESM.

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Right block at 46 percent

Prime Minister Conte now has to find a new majority in both chambers of parliament. Even if there are MPs there who do not belong to any parliamentary group, some opposition politicians are likely to be needed for an “alliance of those responsible”. Alternatively, there is already speculation about a non-partisan government of experts, which President Sergio Mattarella could convene.

If none of these scenarios work, the country would face new elections. The opposition is already scratching its feet. According to a survey on Monday, which the TV broadcaster “La7” commissioned, the right-wing populist Lega around former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini would be the strongest force in parliament with 23 percent. Even the right-wing national Fratelli d’Italia would get 17 percent more votes than the five-star rating. In addition, there would be around six percent of Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Forza Italia. With a total of 46 percent, the way is not far to a right-wing majority.

That would not be good news for Europe and the world. Under Conte, the country has shown itself to be a reliable partner. The non-party lawyer appeared as a persistent negotiator vis-à-vis Brussels, especially in the dispute over the Corona development fund. Nevertheless, he was always pro-European, emphasizing several times that Europe owed the historic opportunity to be able to redesign the country with the many billions.

In the right-wing bloc, on the other hand, there are EU skeptics like Salvini, who has already proclaimed the “Italexit” based on the British model and railed against migrants, plus a party leader in Fratelli leader Giorgia Meloni who has never officially distanced herself from fascism. The ray of hope in this trio would then actually be an 84-year-old political warrior whose party demands more political competencies for Europe and works with the CDU in the EU Parliament: Silvio Berlusconi.

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“Hänsel and Gretel”, stream and shimmer

Saved by streaming and broadcast on Wednesday, the new production by the Opéra du Rhin of the work of Engelbert Humperdinck is adorned with an unprecedented social dimension. A delight. .

A song to goodness in a tale for adults

With the color illustrations that Arthur Rackham made in 1915, Alba Clàssica adds to his collection one of the great jewels of universal literature. Canción de Navidad en prosa, published in 1843 in an England marked by social inequalities, is a life lesson, an incessant morality that, every December 25, places the reader as a wake-up call in his conscience. , in front of the mirror of his own miseries and encourages him to be a better person, to think of others, to drive away the ghosts of selfishness and loneliness, to be happy.

The fabulous story of the stingy Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas, is the story of a wonderful moral metamorphosis. His encounter with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future gives rise to touching revelations that awaken in the old the noblest feelings. Empathy ends up prevailing over greed, love over hatred and happiness over bitterness.

The play, a popular classic, clearly shows the kind of “social remorse” that accompanied the Victorian era and that Dickens, who, with his father in prison, had to start working at the age of twelve in a bitumen company in endless days, knew how to portray like no other.

The class system, the harshness with which life presents itself to the most disadvantaged, and the spirit of underlying social denunciation in a talented book in which Dickens once again unfolds, such as Oliver Twist or the autobiographical David Copperfield, his nonconformism toward the injustices of an imperfect world.

Dickens rebels against the grievances and does so with the wit of a sharp, perceptive pen that reaches the reader’s heart, and wounds him. His poignant and critical view of reality and the psychological complexity of his characters, embodied in tasty dialogues, makes Canción de Navidad in prose a book worth reading, or rereading, at this time of good intentions which is Christmas.

L’edició que llança Alba Editorial included five magnificent answers: Christmas when we stopped being children, The story of the poor relative, The story of the child, The story of the schoolboy and The story of Nobody, all published between 1851 and 1853.

These are stories that speak of the feeling of uncontrollable childhood nostalgia that arouses Christmas in adults.



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Spicy cross between Italian technicians on TV

After the elimination of Inter from the Champions League after the draw against Shakhtar Donetsk, The alarms were lit for the Italian team, which could not qualify for the Europa League. After the meeting, Antonio Conte analyzed the performance of his team in a note, when he starred in a spicy exchange with his former colleague Fabio Capello.

Antonio Conte did not have a good night: he was eliminated from the Champions League and did not tolerate criticism (photo: AFP)

“The team did everything it had to do, the boys gave their all. The only goal was missing”, Conte analyzed after the tie with Shaktar with a taste of defeat. But nevertheless, Capello commented that he did not see “the rabid attitude of those who are forced to win”, to which the coach told him: “I have nothing to answer to that.”

Fabio Capello, in command of Russia in the 2014 World Cup (photo EFE)

Fabio Capello, in command of Russia in the 2014 World Cup (photo EFE)

Conte defended the performance of his team on the court and exploded with a question from a journalist who made reference to the bad present of the Italian team: “Shakhtar changed their game system, which for them is like Ave Maria, so think before you ask”. And there the renowned former coach of Juve, Milan, Real Madrid, Russia and England asked for the floor again: “So Antonio, your Inter don’t have a plan B?”. “Sure yes, but we don’t want to say it because, if not, they study that one too”Conte replied.

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The television crossover, through the Sky Sports microphones, revealed an uncomfortable moment, from which both coaches came out disgusted with the attitude of the other. “Tonight we did not hear any explanation about this match, it is too easy to come here smiling when you win. It takes more respect for journalists, teammates and for everyone who works in the world of football”, downloaded the former DT.

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“Brothers”, life without a mother

It is a tale of recklessness. He teaches us that not too much is needed, and that the accepted masochism of mothers has its limits all the same. The author of this story, beautifully illustrated by cartoonist and comic book writer Jean-Paul Krassinsky, is Isild Le Besco, who is also an actress, screenwriter, director, and mother of two sons. Brothers also is a world of young boys. The only woman on the horizon is the mother, who takes care of all the unexpected. It’s her job as a mother, but she has the right to give a thumbs up. This is what she will do and which will generate complications. As for the father, who was a lumberjack, he is dead.

Six boys, six brothers with slightly complicated names live on a modest farm in the village of an imaginary country. They are having fun like crazy. They enjoy the gentleness and patience of their mother, and take advantage of full freedom to snort in the nearby forest. In this world, there is no school, no constraints, no comrades: just these siblings, and animals. One fine day, their mother shows signs of fatigue and asks her children for help in organizing daily and material life. Without malice, motivated by the sole habit of letting go, they do not provide their mother with the support she needs. A few hours later, a bad beast “Hairy and shapeless” rushes at the boys in the forest. Back home, the brothers no longer find their mother. For her to return, they will each have to put themselves in a certain moral disposition: the elder will have to guide his brothers, another will give more confidence in life, to work to erase the fear that often rises. in him, in the form of “Black waves” that overwhelms him. It is a perfect definition of anxiety. The third should show more joy; the fourth will have the task of becoming aware of the elements (water, wind) and the beauty that surrounds it, etc. : “Courage, reason for living, memory, joy, empathy with the world and those who inhabit it”, this is the condition for the happiness and reappearance of the mother.

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Brothers, which isn’t overly disturbing, just the right amount, tells the story of learning to build self-confidence by putting obstacles in the way of the characters. It is a classic schema of an initiatory tale. The disappearance, ephemeral, of course and fortunately, of the mother is a metaphor for autonomy and responsibility. This pretty blonde woman, who is not unlike Isild Le Besco, returns when the children learned to fend for themselves, when they verified that they would survive without her, even if they would then be missing something. essential. The tale is also a praise of nature, it is in season. The initiators of the children are animals: a goat, luminous rabbits (literally), a wild cat, and a blue bird.

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Brothers from Isild Le Besco, Jean-Paul Krassinsky, L’Ecole des Loisirs, “Neuf”, 64 pp., € 9.


“Les Rêves d’Ima”, nightmares in shambles

There are two kinds of stories. Those that we catch and those that we catch. The fish stories that swim in us must be brought to the surface. The butterfly stories to which we must go and which we strive to catch in our nets. This is how I envisioned my next project. A collection of stories caught here and there, on the other side of the world, that I had planned to bring back with me, to tell them, share them, pass them on, after having arranged them in my own way. I had everything planned. Departure at the end of September for a trip of at least six months, a U-turn around the world, from Nepal to Indonesia, ears on the lookout. But now, the pandemic slowed my momentum and I did not take off. My butterfly stories will have to wait, I’ll go and hunt them later.

Ghislaine Roman’s story, Ima’s Dreams, concerns the first category. It’s a story that we bring back from a dive. Deep inside, inside. She tells us about a little girl haunted by frightening dreams, to the point that she loses her health. To relieve her and make her find a soothing sleep, we bury her nightmares. Ima is better. But his vanished dreams spill over into the small community, and local artisans lose their inspiration. So Ima will dig up her bad dreams. And tame them. By writing them down, by sharing them. It happened a long time ago, in a small village in the Andes, around Lake Titicaca.

Ghislaine Roman is a storyteller, one of those who give their stories universal dimensions. This mishap could have happened elsewhere, in Asia, in Africa, in Tourcoing, whatever. It concerns ordinary fears, those that torment all children, helplessness in the face of helplessness, and the strength of transcendence. And at its heart, it reveals an author’s secret: where does inspiration come from? Dreams, memory, observation, anything that generates images in our mind. It is a material that we take in our hands and that we model.

This material can be found in the illustrations of Bertrand Dubois. There is something raw about his drawing. Thickness. We see wood, earth, we can imagine him almost leaning over his board, working the image to the body. This gives full pages overflowing with life and emotions, from which the warm colors spring up between the traces of brushstrokes. Vibrant and delicate at the same time.

And an album of great beauty, on which blows a serene and soothing wind, which rekindled in me this desire to set out again, far away, in search of these butterfly stories posed on the shoulders of some, on the language of others , on the tip of their nose or swimming in their eyes.

In reality, there is a third category of stories, a mixture of the first two. Ghislaine Roman and Bertrand Dubois’ album is a motionless journey, from here and elsewhere at the same time, as beautiful and moving as a child’s dream.

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Ghislaine Roman and Bertrand Dubois Ima’s dreams Cipango, 40 pp, 18,50 €.


“We all know the truth, he asked us to leave several times”

In the long interview with Telegraph, Antonio Conte is also back on the stormy separation between Chelsea and Diego Costa, consumed – in the version of the Spanish national team striker – after sending a text message from the current Inter coach: “We know how many times he asked us to go to Atlético, then during the season also in China in the end back to Atlético – points out Conte -. We all know the truth: the player, his agent, the club and I. I want players focused on my team and who don’t consider us a second choice. ”