The young apprentice Huang Liu has been meditating for months in his retreat in the woods. Deep in thought, he doesn’t notice time and seasons go by. When he finally feels in his heart he has reached the enlightment, his only desire is to go back to his master and proudly tell (and show) him his wisdom. Page after page, we follow the unwary disciple who, on his way back, crosses bridges, comes across peasants and walks through marvellous places. Unfortunately, he proceeds hastily and carelessly, without a pause to contemplate them and without any interest in knowing their inhabitants – a mistake we make far too often in our everyday life – because he wishes to meet his destiny as soon as possible.
When he arrives, his master welcomes Huang Liu, and surprises him with a simple question: Huang Liu will be forced to look back on his journey and will easily understand that you can’t distance yourself too much from the real world since you risk to lose sight of what is really important.
With its ethereal and exquisitely Chinese atmospheres (the origami cranes, the animals from the Chinese Zodiac, the dragon, symbol of destiny, etc.) this book presents the classic literary topos of the lonely hero on his journey in search of truth, in the typical Arispe’s style: stripped-down, evocative texts, characters that are half-men and half-animals, reversal of commonly widespread prejudices and fully-detailed illustrations, to be discovered one reading after the other; and the refined black and white hatching in Indian ink, so typical of this author.
Nicolás Arispe was born in Buenos Aires in 1978 and studied drawing and visual arts at the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte (IUNA).
Since 1997 he has worked for TV and movie producers, taking part in the creation of animated movies and cartoons, distributed in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Spain, in the design of CD and book covers and in some editorial projects.
His first illustrated book dates back to 2005; since then, he has created several other books and illustrated the work of various writers, among which María Teresa Andruetto, Alberto Laiseca and Alberto Chimal, published in Argentina, Mexico, France, Italy, Guatemala, Spain, etc.
During his carreer he has been selected by the ALIJA (Asociación de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil de la Argentina), the Argentinian section of IBBY (2005 and 2016), by the Banco del Libro de Venezuela (2013 and 2018), by the Cámara Nacional de la Industria Editorial de México (2013 and 2016), and by the Feria Internacional del Libro di Bogotá (2016), and for the White Ravens 2016 catalogue by the Munchen Internationale Jugendbibliothek. In 2018 he entered the IBBY Honour List for his work as an illustrator.
Since 2001 he has been teaching English to children, teens and grown-ups. For #logosedizioni he has published: La madre e la morte / La perdita, Il Libro sacro, and Lasciate ogni pensiero voi ch'intrate.
|Dimensions||cm 17 x 23|