Firefighters and Pyromaniacs

Original title: Pompières et pyromanes

Publication Date:

September 2021



Original language and publisher

French | Héliotrope

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

France (Les Avrils)


Environment, History, Society

Firefighters and Pyromaniacs

Original title: Pompières et pyromanes


This book is an ode to women who doggedly and patiently persevere in the face of injustice, sometimes at the cost of their own lives. This is dedicated to all the women who played with fire to save the world.

When it comes to climate change, Martine Delvaux refuses to accept defeat; instead, she stands with her daughter’s generation, speaks truth to the powers-that-be and forcefully advocates for the protection of life on Earth. Woven together by a series of catastrophes, fire takes center stage in this collage-book that nonetheless sends a message of hope. Some fires destroy while others light our way: from the activists’sacred fire to the stakes on which many women were burned; from devastating forest fires to phosphorescent will-o’-the-wisps; and finally, from fiery rage to joyful bonfires. The firefighting pyromaniacs who permeate the pages of this book know which fires to lovingly nurture.