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Les Scrapbooks du baron de Cabrol et la Café Society

A drawing room filled with freshly cut flowers, tuxedos and finespun dresses, after-dinner conversations. . . An ordinary scene from society life, but with some incongruous details: the suits are in watercolors, but the faces and ladies’ cleavages are cut out from photos. The Parisian artistocrat Baron de Cabrol had a sense of humor and scrapbooking hobby: From 1938 to 1960, he used scissors, glue and paint to illustrate his life in the society set, the lavish balls, hunts and provincial châteaus. An album with a sassy whiff of nostalgia.

Par Thierry Coudert

Flammarion
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Anagrammes renversantes

Anagrams can spice up messages and convey things in a different way. Physicist Étienne Klein and pianist Jacques Perry-Salkow discovered that “la courbure de l’espace-temps” (arc of space-time) can read “le superbe spectacle de l’amour” (the superb spectacle of love). Perhaps “le sens caché du monde” (the world’s hidden meaning, the book’s subtitle) lies in these not-so-trivial letter games.

Par Étienne Klein et Jacques Perry-Salkow

Flammarion
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Tokyo

The landscape format, closed with an elastic band, is a giveaway: it’s a Vuitton Travel Book. This one takes us to Tokyo, where the eBoy collective’s colorful pixelized compositions literally put everything into boxes, from the Tsukiji fishmarket to the tourist buses. They’re like digital impressionist works: close up, they look like lots of little colored squares; but step back, and everything becomes clear.

Par eBoy

Louis Vuitton Travel Book
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Roi, Dame, Valet

King, Queen, Knave. “Of all my novels, this bright brute is the gayest,” says Nabokov at the start of this early work. This story of a love triangle set in bourgeois Berlin may be playful, but Nabokov is a master of unpredicability, dark humor, murky moods and elusive déjà-vus. Another complicated plot? More like a lighthearted saga, between dream and farce.

Par Vladimir Nabokov

Éditions Gallimard, coll. L’Imaginaire
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Paysajeux

Who hasn’t gazed at the clouds and seen an elephant or a whale in their fluffy forms? Or tried to spot Charlie, Martin Handford’s hero, in the crowd? In this large-format book, Henri Galeron’s illustrations, carefully drawn and colored, look like quite ordinary scenes and landscapes, but their reflections are deceptive, and absurd or scary creatures are hidden in them. There’s more to a picture than meets the eyeas the book’s title suggests. To spot the hidden images, hold the page at arm’s length and examine it carefully, maybe turn the book around. For those who just aren’t patient enough, the answers are listed at the end of the book.

ar Henri Galeron

Éditions Les Grandes Personnes

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