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.