Jérémie Brugidou

Ici, la Béringie

Beringia

August 19, 2021
Novel
256 pages
140 × 180 mm
20 €
9782377561049
978-2-3775-6104-9
Jérémie Brugidou, Ici, la Béringie
Jérémie Brugidou, Ici, la Béringie

A fascinating dive into the history and myths surrounding the Bering Strait.

In Ici, la Béringie, three characters walk through the hallucinated landscapes of Beringia: just before the Cold War, Hushkins searches for traces of an emerged and inhabited Beringia in the midst of the chaos caused by American and Soviet incursions and the Chukchi nationalist struggle. Fifteen thousand years ago, Selhézé, a young Qui-Collectent, sees the sea gradually invading her environment. And in the near future, when the Pleistocene Park has become a reality, Jeanne, an archaeologist, is looking for her missing brother at the same time as she is directing the permafrost excavation sites. Despite the thousands of years that separate them, these three destinies are intimately linked, and carry within them the solution to the enigma of Beringia.

Jérémie Brugidou succeeds in doing something rare: starting from science, from an anthropological and animist perspective, to propose a new reading of the world through fiction. He explores the relationship that the peoples of Beringia, whatever the time, have with their environment to bring us to realize its disturbing proximity to current ecological issues.

Jérémie Brugidou thus gives us access to a wild, mysterious and mythological universe, crossed by immense variations, giant transformations as well as tiny upheavals, and subject to contradictory wills, between attempts at preservation through the study of life, defense of local populations and commercial exploitation. For in Beringia, the human epic embraces the transformation of the Strait, both political (the exploitation of its resources, its geostrategic position and the struggles of its inhabitants against its destruction) and geological (a space between land and sea, submerged and emerged many times, now undergoing profound changes in connection with the melting of permafrost). Jérémie Brugidou questions the relationship we have with the living, with the species that surround us, with the stories they tell us. It is in this sense a very contemporary and political text, which accompanies and extends the questions of Philippe Descola, Nastassja Martin, or Baptise Morizot.

The author

Jérémie Brugidou est né en 1988 et vit à Bruxelles, Ici, la Béringie est son premier roman. Il est un artiste-chercheur para-disciplinaire, réalisateur et écrivain. Il a réalisé plusieurs films (BX46 en 2014 et Le chant de la nuit en 2017, avec Fabien Clouette). Docteur en études cinématographiques, ses recherches portent sur la manière dont la fiction et l’image permettraient d’imaginer de nouvelles perspectives anthropologiques. Il pratique le thuy phap, un art martial Vietnamien.

Strong points

Ici, la Béringie is an exciting adventure novel that uses the codes of the exploration story and the anthropological field notebook, and questions the relationship we have with living things at a time when climate change is bringing us closer than ever to the Chukchi, the last inhabitants of this ghost land that is Beringia.

August 19, 2021
Novel
256 pages
140 × 180 mm
20 €
9782377561049
978-2-3775-6104-9