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The Butterfly and the Light (Le papillon et la lumière)



Original Language: French | 112 pp. | October 2011

2 Seas Represents: English (USA), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish Rights.

Depending on the publisher and the quality of the translation, translations from the French can be funded by the Centre national du livre.

15 B/W illustrations


This philosophical tale, profound under its light appearance, leads the reader to answer an essential question: what is the meaning of existence if one does not put oneself in danger?

After dark, the butterflies swirl around the lamp posts, get a thrill from it, and get burnt most of the time… Among them is a youngster with dashing wings who, just like the others, shoots towards the light, spins in its halos, and rushes into the bedazzlements. Yet, rather than colliding with this burning enchantment, he turns around promptly each time. He survives, but is well aware that he misses out on a fundamental experience: he does not enjoy the light. He talks about it to an old butterfly with intact wings. The latter seems to evade his questions at first, before taking him on an unexpected journey through the city, first in the middle of the night, then at daybreak, towards the sun… What if true light was not where you expected it?