A Parisian Metro ticket puncher follows a butterfly and his heart, searches for beauty, and loses his job in this beloved French classic. Thought-provoking and made relevant for a new generation, the enchanting artwork of the original is retained alongside a fresh English translation. The winding tale leads Seraphin and his friends along an imaginative path of magical realism, where dolls come to life and heads really might end up in the clouds.
When I think about reading, I think not so much about single works, but more about various pieces of literature that complement my life and reality through fiction […] It is then when Seraphin comes to my mind – a book that my kids love, the same way I loved it when I was younger [...] Towards the end of the book, Seraphin's wonderful house is threatened by constructors, so he and his friend Plume decide to build a staircase towards the sky, by which every step they take and build they rise higher and are further from the ground. That's approximately how I felt as a reader of Seraphin, as if I too were climbing up a staircase without a start or without an end, leading me courageously throughout the unknown, full of memories and expectations, and always higher.
Philippe Fix is a creator with an overflowing, off-beat, and funny imagination. He’s also an observer, curious about everything and attentive to the most whimsical details...the images dazzle and pop out of their frames... complex and provocative.