Illustrateur: Saul Field
Éditeur: Upstairs Gallery, Toronto, 1981. 48 pp.
ISBN: 0-91937-04-9 (hardbound)
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This book contains ten legends in poetic form, taken from the multicultural society of Canada : Africa, China, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Poland, Ukraine . The legends are composed in French and English, and then translated into the original language, such as the African from Ghana into Twi, the Israeli into Hebrew, etc. The work has been produced first as a portfolio, then as a book, containing 10 multicolored etchings by the celebrated Canadian artist, the late Saul Field.
"A unique blend of poetry, the print-makers art and the folktale tradition, this book itself is a work of art. [... ] Of particular interest is the introduction which deals with the place of myth in our culture." M.P., Tales of Heritage, Reviewing Librarian, X, n° 1, 1985, p. 11.
"The work as a whole allows us to measure the pulse of the collective imagination, not only of the different ethnic groups which make up our own country, but of the "global village" of today. We get the impression throughout the book that Bouraoui's French and English poetic versions of the tales result from a true cross-fertilized dialogue with the original legends and Saul Field's beautiful prints. We grasp better what makes each cultural group "tick" as the different layers of their mystic imagination are unfolded visually and verbally before us. Above all, we participate in a real feast of language as we follow the different forms, types of verse, and narrative techniques which Bouraoui works out with the precision of ajeweller." Liliane Welch , Ut Pictura Poesis / Ut Poesis Pictura, The Fiddlehead, octobre 1982, p. 99-100.