爆點的前後總是靜悄悄A Guerra

文章撰寫:Heidi Su, Green Tots Club 創辦人

2018春天到葡萄牙的Cacicaci度假時因為行程上排定要回里斯本開會,而無法參與隔天這對Letria父子檔在這個海邊小鎮的新書A Guerra(中譯:一場戰爭)發表會。也因為該書在我離開時上位於里斯本的書店上架,因此也無緣帶走。

接著因為夏天工作忙碌,幾乎已經忘了這本書。直到11月法蘭克福書展,這本書因為獲得德國的白鴉獎,並收錄為年度繪本才又喚起我的記憶。這樣兩度出現在我螢幕上的繪本,就像是你人生中二遇心儀的對象,總該開口表白吧。

A Guerra這個自在葡萄牙的發音聽起來就像戰爭一般,發聲需要費點力將r向德文那樣抖動,聽起來就像個暴躁的老頭在發牢騷那種聲音。但是真正吸引我的卻是封面那位英姿煥發的將軍站在懸崖邊那種不可一世的模樣。

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這本書有點像史詩電影,作者將花了10頁篇幅留白文字開啟一場可怕的戰爭場面。很有電影的感覺。書封內頁打開就看到幾隻蜘蛛在暗夜的森林中快速移動,很迅速地離開野外來到了城市中的一間公寓中。

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接著就看到一位挺拔的人望著窗外….蜘蛛以恐怖的方式爬上他的制服….算是暗喻仁兄的野心與慾望嗎?

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接著這位仁兄站立在諾大的戰略桌前….蜘蛛們也一塊跟上悄悄地爬上桌上

(這頁的文字寫到 A guerra alimenta se de ódio, ambicao e rancor.)

戰爭以仇恨,野心和邪惡為食

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這一頁的插畫你可以窺見戰爭的表象。人性對權力的慾望會以各種形式存在?

維京人?十字軍?KKK?教皇?拿破崙?

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接下來大家就開始豁然開朗下面的劇情…..一頁頁怵目驚心的屠殺、肉搏、攻擊到最後堅滅性的爆炸…..War_greentotsclub

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在這一切結束後…映入眼簾的是一頁遍步屍體的景象

再翻下去就是一片死寂….安靜….無聲無息地剛剛和爬上那位仁兄身上的那些蜘蛛再幹完這個壞事後,靜悄悄的離開回到暗夜森林中。彷彿甚麼事都沒有發生過……

這本書就算是你不懂葡萄牙語,光是看圖片就能夠感受野心、蠻橫、權力、屠殺戰爭的暴力場面。如果你仔細看文字的話,每一句都是以戰爭為開頭的句子,句句寫實…..這些道理只要是讀過歷史的都不難明瞭。但是當你手中翻閱A Guerra時彷彿重棒一擊….

作者José Jorge Letria是葡萄牙的記者,他在書中描述戰爭的每一句話,每一頁都是精闢的一句話。對於當下社會嚴重分化,行為也日益激進的社會來說,無非都能提醒大家包容的重要性。真的!你絕對不會希望戰爭發生在你的左右。

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下面是出版社書介

It arises like a whispered disease and builds on hate, ambition and fear. It cannot hear nor see, still less feel; though, it crushes and silences. War is likely the most perennial serial product ever invented. In a world full of pitfalls, never before has this illustrated poem by José Jorge Letria and André Letria been so noteworthy.

作者簡介

André Letria was born in Lisbon, in 1973, and works as an illustrator since 1992. He won several awards such as the Gulbenkian Award, the Portuguese Illustration Award, Silver and Bronze medals in the 3×3 Children’s Books Annual or an Award of Excellence for Illustration from the Society for News Design (USA). His books are published in the USA, England, Spain or Italy, among others. He has participated in international exhibitions like the Biennial of Bratislava, Bologna Illustrators Exhibition, Sarmede or Ilustrarte. He has directed animation films and created theatre set designs. He participated as a juror of the Bologna Digital Award. In 2010 he founded Pato Lógico. The book MAR, with his illustrations and text by Ricardo Henriques, won a Non Fiction mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Awards, in 2014.

André illustrated Going to the match, Strambolics, Face to face, Destiny, Nuissance, Autumn, Departure, Sea and Theatre.

Bonus~ André Letria在葡萄牙原畫展的照片

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