Jeroen Janssen - Proverbs From Rwanda Imagini Migufi

Publisher Black Olive Press


Idea Code 20076

Jeroen Janssen’s humorously illustrated collection of Rwandan proverbs was inspired by the time he spent there in the early 1990s, as an art school teacher. The pictures are based on linocuts, and the bold risograph printing gives the book’s pages a distinctly vibrant appearance. As with many cultures outside of Africa, quite a few of the short stories or proverbs Janssen relates are about animals. Others are about milk, which has special significance in Rwandan culture, and there are even proverbs about defecation and bodily orifices. The book is a collaboration of sorts, with its distinct comic book style designed by Rob Westendorp and printing by the cartoonist known as Wasco.

32 p, ills colour, 16 x 22 cm, pb, Dutch/English


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