The Honey Hunter by Karthika Naïr and Joelle Jolivet, 15 February 2014
The Embassy of France in India invited Karthika Naïr and Joëlle Jolivet to India from 3rd February to 18th February 2014 on the occasion of the release of their latest book The Honey Hunter, published in English by Young Zubaan in India (in co-edition with Hélium / Actes Sud who recently published the French version of the book).
A unique collaboration between one of India’s ﬁnest poets and one of France’s most beloved illustrators - an unforgettable journey to the heart of the Sundarbans. Adapted from a section of Akram Khan’s award-winning dance-drama DESH, the story — part fable, part adventure — follows the tribulations of a young boy, Shonu, whose parents are honey-gatherers. Driven to distraction by hunger and the thought of honey, Shonu slips away into the mangrove forest one day, in search of honey. What he encounters there is much more than he bargained for! A terrifying demon-tiger, and the presiding goddess of the forests, none other than Bonbibi herself. A cautionary tale on the importance of ecological balance, and a rich visual and poetic journey into the heart of the subcontinent.
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