Alice through the looking glass
A classic that needs no introduction or review, reinterpreted and presented anew to readers through the dreamlike illustrations by one of the most appreciated contemporary French illustrators. Benjamin Lacombe invites readers to delve inside the rabbit's hole – “Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end!” – to lose and transform themselves, led by the most bizarre characters.
Lewis Carrol's sequel turned 150 years old a little over two months ago, and major celebrations were held in the UK, such as an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum. To mark the occasion, Lacombe's illustrations succeed in making Alice's trip universal, through images brimming with wonders, as well as fears and uncertainties, and whose uniquely individual style was inspired by folk painters, Victorian etchers and Japanese manga.
After Macabre tales by Edgar Allan Poe and Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo, Lacombe puts his imagination at the service of Lewis Carroll, probing what might exist on the other side of the mirror – and, to find out, he goes through it with Alice.
Alice attraverso lo specchio (Alice through the looking glass)
Ippocampo Edizioni, 2022