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The Kiss, Perhaps (Le baiser, peut-etre)



Original Language: French | 168 pages | September 2011

2 Seas Represents: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish Rights.


The Kiss, Perhaps inaugurates the Pabloïd series. Alternating fiction, delicate erudition and fantasy, Belinda Cannone interrogates the kiss, this gesture that is both common and wonderful.

“To the child in the cradle, the first kiss whispers: You exist. To the beloved who surrenders to it, the kiss murmurs: You are desired.”

Through a set of subtle dialogues, The Kiss, Perhaps examines and interprets the sensual, delicate, naughty kiss, and also retraces it in works of literature, pictures, photographs, and films.

From the obtained pleasure to the experienced sensations—and depending on how it is done, where it occurs, the body parts it is placed upon, and the actors involved—the loving, friendly, affectionate kiss encounters a multitude of meanings, which give this exchange its entire human depth.

Besides revealing her own experience in this field with her typically mischievous mind, Belinda Canone invites Louise Labé, Ronsard, Musset, Catullus, Vivant Denon, Correggio, Munch, Klimt, Proust, Maupassant, Kafka, Patrizi, Dante, Tolstoy, Bram Stoker, Buster Keaton, and Robert Doisneau to demonstrate that there is nothing more important than The Kiss, Perhaps.