Dolorine et les Ombres
Book, 25.7 x 20 cm, 213 p., language : French, publisher : Bibliothèque de "L'Occident", Paris.
Materials: Ink, paper
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2029/585).
The central theme of Dolorine et les ombres is the contradiction between dreams and life, and between divine and worldly love. They are incompatible in this poetic book by Jean de Bosschère (later spelled De Boschère). The old alchemist Palamoune - Dolorine's father - tries to imitate the universe using colours. He strives for higher things and seeks purity. His student - and son-in-law - Tristan Terne-Soron shares the old man's ideals. The world, life and love hurt him, and he ultimately opts for dreams. Dolorine, who values life, must suffer for her father and husband's impossible quest. When Palamoune and Tristan attempt to return to reality, it emerges that they are unable to go back to their previous spot, and they remain phantoms. Dolorine gives birth to a freak, symbolising the failed union between life and dreams. Ultimately, Palamoune dies and Tristan - completely disillusioned - commits suicide.
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