A Pain in the Ass

A Pain in the Ass

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I went once in England. It was long ago, as I was a child, I was with some schoolmates. Our teachers had us visiting this amazing country, so far and yet so close. I often gazed at the English cliffs from the beach of Boulogne-sur-mer, the city of my so quiet childhood. We eventually reached the other side, not by going through a mirror but just by crossing the sea, on a huge white boat. I bought a silly trinket and a rather ugly wooden elephant. You shall hear more about that fantastic pachyderm as you read this small book. I had in my bag the creature carved from a trunk -- we went to the zoo together to see its gigantic brethren. But I got lost with the mayor's son, who has been a friend to me since I was a boy. We kept on running to and fro for hours, looking for our way. The teachers eventually spotted us. We felt better -- the mayor's son was hugged, but I, who was merely a poor worker's son, was scolded. In the evening we were back to France. I offered to my parents the sculpture with a proboscis. Therefore England has always been a fabulous country to me, teaming with giraffes and foxes, bears and antelopes, and also with an elephant. In a way, it's because of Lewis Carroll -- whose books and dreams host so many wonderful magical animals, that I wanted to translate some of my texts in English. So I did, thanks to the help of Noemie for Narcissus and The conclusion of a donkey. Maloka Elame reviewed the translation."
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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 128.52 x 198.37 x 3.56mm | 113.4g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507677464
  • 9781507677469