Online Edition
14-17 June 2021

FICTION 2021

WINNER

Home 

Text and illustrations by Lin Lian-En
Yes Creative Ltd./Papa Publishing House, Taiwan, 2020

What the jury said:
“The pandemic has highlighted that home - whether we have one or not- is the most important place on earth. Lin Lian-En’s much-needed book Home is an exquisitely produced poetic consideration of space. From the rounded corners of the book to the cardboard covers and thoughtful understated use of endpapers, the book makes full use of material elements to create an inviting rich space that can be revisited endlessly… just like home. The evocative collages invite meditation and express deep meanings about the centrality of home and its connectedness and embeddedness into other spaces. For instance, the visibly torn edges of the various elements used in the collage show the possibility of composing expansive spaces with domestically found objects, reminding us that even when confined, we can create worlds. The book subtly speaks volumes on the relationship between the non-living and living entities that make up a city, as well as the welcoming spaces and potential tensions between them. The sparse lyrical text is framed by Lin Lian-En’s words to the reader: «No matter where we return from, in the end we always come back to where it all started, » a line which evoked T.S. Eliot’s reflections in his poem Little Gidding: «And the end of all our exploring, Will be to arrive where we started, And know the place for the first time.»” 

SPECIAL MENTION

Ha visto la mia coda?      

Text and illustrations by Alberto Lot
Minibombo, Italy, 2020

What the jury said:
“It is an open secret that simple books are the most difficult to produce. This conversation between a turtle and dog cleverly juxtaposes register, word choice, rhythm, and neat illustrations to produce this wonderfully humorous book that can also be read as a metaphor about how to be able to see ourselves fully; we ‘literally’ need others.”

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La prima neve

Text by Elham Asadi
Illustrations by Sylvie Bello
Topipittori, Italy, 2021

What the jury said:
“This ancient Iranian legend of the seasons is enchantedly retold by Elham Asadi and illustrated by Sylvie Bello. Bello makes full use of the large book format by creating fresh visually stunning tableaux using monotype printmaking. As the narrator revisits the meaning of the folktale with her contemporary eyes, the text’s rhythm evokes the storytelling tradition, and the gentle romantic illustrations are a subtle tribute to various traditional art forms.”

SPECIAL MENTION

Sous le soleil          

Text and illustrations by Ariadne Breton-Hourcq and Laurence Lagier
Éditions MeMo, France, 2019

What the jury said:
“A playful poetic graphic book that experiments with symbols, pictograms, and type to deconstruct the relationship between signifiers and the signified. An original, joyful, and musical book on the cyclical nature of the world that invites reading and rereading in both directions. It is a work that blends the poetic and the scientific to invite the child to discover the fragility as well as the resilience of nature.”

SPECIAL MENTION

The Yulu Linen

Text by Cao Wenxuan
Illustrations by Suzy Lee
Co-published by: 
Jieli Publishing House, China, 2020
Bear Books, South Korea, 2020 

What the jury said:
“Which child does not dream of creating something? What happens to many of those dreams? Cao Wenxuan and Suzy Lee join forces to tell the story of a talented hardworking girl who overcomes her self-doubts and picks up her paintbrush to paint again after a setback. This internationally acclaimed dream team expertly conjures the storm within a child who is weighing her abilities for the first time. Suzy Lee moves away from the light colors that her earlier works favor and uses bold black ink, and new ways of exploring textures, all while keeping the child at the center of this powerful story.”