Les Traverses


«When we regroup on a crest, 
it’s a safe bet that it’s to gain 
momentum.» * 

In marking its three-year anniversary,
ESSARTER Éditions is launching its first
collection, Les Traverses.
The idea for the collection came from the
successful realisation of the short story
À La Vôtre, published in November 2018.

The 24 / 7 access to information and
rise of a journalism reliant on images
both play prominent roles in daily life.
Whether it is a source of information
from the media, social networking
or extensive private sources, society
today experiences a constant stream
of imagery, more or less informative.
We might say that this stream is more
visual than reflective.

What effect does this have on how we
engage with events that have changed
and continue to change the world?
How are we to explain and analyse
those that make-up our history?
And how are we to do that with
respect to all individuals’ unique
senses of history?

Each edition is to be read as

[..] a short story or poem, 
pages to read as we walk 
- with half an eye or with 
attention, with the wind in 
the pages, and the pauses 
that give time to listen, 
to envisage the memory of 
he landscape.” ** 

This collection is meant to be a step
aside from the nature of information
without proposing a scientific and
exhaustive truth.
On the contrary, it acts as an
appropriation of an history through
a narrative. Our short stories are
conceived during a hike performed
by a small group, made up of
a photographer, a writer and
a graphic designer.

* Bande à part, Jacques Perret,
NRF éditions, Paris, 1951, p. 59/60.
** Alice Lognonné.