Originally Published in French as Collaboration Horizontale Writer: Navie
Artist: Carole Maurel English Translation by Margaret Morrison 144 pp, Published in English by Korero Press in August 2019
Not long ago, my wife Kathe read a prose book about the women in France who “collaborated” with the Nazis who occupied their homeland during WWII. The term “horizontal collaboration” is a snarky way of describing the actions of French women who had relations with Nazis, either willingly or unwillingly. Although I never read that one, Kathe told me just enough about it to pique my curiosity. With that background, I anticipated a good read about a difficult subject when I picked up the latest graphic novel from Korero Press: Horizontal Collaboration by Navie and Carole Maurel.
Originally published in French, writer Navie stuffs quite a few characters into a small part of town… and into this story. While some may find it confusing or cramped, once I focused on keeping everyone straight, I thought it worked really well. Navie plays with so many traditional character conventions that upon reflection, every character seems to have just the right amount of stage time and is important to the larger tapestry of the story. Continue reading “With Further Ado #062: Horizontal Collaboration”