“Les liaisons dangereuses” (“the dangerous liaisons”), this 45th Book Fair’s theme was an evocation of the famous novel written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos published in the 18th century which describes tortuous human relationships. Like a writing source, “the dangerous liaisons” are an inexhaustible matter for writers and artists.
Laclos’ work is also a relevant case : the illustration of another liaison because, if we are still a lot to know the book, it is thanks to the numerous film adaptations of it, isn’t it ? Because it is about liaisons with an “s”. We took an interest to what the coming closer, the gather, the dialogue between several things, disciplines, matters, ideas become. This is how the liaison between cinema and literature is. It is a particularly productive liaison and we don’t forget the TV series phenomenon that leads people to read or discover writers from yesterday and today, from Aldous Huxley and Georges Orwell to Georges R. R. Martin and J. K. Rowling.
Another major itemisation of the Brussel’s Book Fair’s programming and characteristic is the liaison between image and text which fed the performances in the Imaginarium© and in the Comix Factory©.
Moreover, do we have to be afraid of bringing together politics, sciences, economics, teaching, ecology, religion, ethics and so on and so forth ? These liaisons exist profusely and are unavoidable. Does the danger has to muzzle, bridle and forbid us to seek, test, take unknown ways ? This thematic also delt with writers and drawers’ daring because a lot of them are dead weights.