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Bescherelle: Les Figures de Style Illustrées par les Dessins de Plantu


Lagardère Publishing

Paris, November 14, 2011

When Bescherelle meets Plantu: A coffee-table book designed for “intelligent entertainment”
For everyone who is curious to learn more about the French language:

  • Comes this collection of 70 figures of speech explained and illustrated with drawings by Plantu.
  • A fun and accessible book, this work provides the opportunity to rediscover figures of speech in an original, humorous way.
  • Plantu:
    French satirical cartoonist Plantu began publishing his illustrations in Le Monde in 1972. The daily cartoon was featured on the front page to “give political cartoons their rightful place in French tradition.” He started illustrating for L’Express in 1989, and in 1988 and 1989 he won the Mumm and Black Humour awards.
  • An author with a passion for the French language: Laurence Caillaud-Roboam
    A teacher of French in vocational high schools and advanced vocational programmes, she is used to making complex concepts comprehensible.
  • A word from the author:
    “Figures of speech are a part of our daily life without our even realizing it. They modify language in a number of ways, playing with words’ meaning, spelling, sound or grammar, and even the syntax of sentences. The etymology (from the Latin “figura” or “drawing of an object”) naturally inspires a combination of words and images. Plantu’s illustrations give us an entertaining opportunity to familiarize ourselves with this specialized vocabulary. In discovering those expressions that have been chosen for this book…and in rereading the well-known quotes that accompany them, you will revise your classics and enjoy the wealth of our linguistic heritage.”

Press Contact:

Laure-Anne Le Coat - 33 1 49 54 48 68 -

Les Figures de Style Illustrées par les Dessins de Plantu

  • Released on 18 October 2011
  • Price: €19.90 
  • 96 pages 
  • 27 x 20 cm

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