Book Review: Lightness – Catherine Meurisse

Fly far, far away from this baneful miasma
And purify yourself in the celestial air,
Drink the ethereal fire of those limpid regions
As you would the purest of heavenly nectars.

Baudelaire – The Flowers of Evil, Elevation


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Review

Lightness is a translation of Catherine Meurisse’s ‘La légèreté’. Originally published in French, this graphic memoir is a poignant and stunning account of Meurisse’s encounter with the terrorist attack in the Charlie Hebdo offices in 2015.

Meurisse is brutally honest yet darkly humorous in her telling of her experience and weaves in beautiful philosophy and poetry.

Lightness is magnificently illustrated (by Meurisse herself) and each page goes beyond the words; I strongly recommend taking the time to take in all the intricate details.

The best way to enjoy Lightness is to become acquainted with it yourself – I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Europe Comics for providing a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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Lightness is available to order now from Europe Comics

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