Astro Boy 6

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Astro Boy 06
Authors William Henne, Xavier Löwenthal
Language French
Publisher La Cinquième Couche (25€)
City Brussels
Year 2020
Pages 240
Format 15 cm x 21 cm
ISBN 978-23-90080-61-9
E-book PDF (324 mb)

Astro Boy, the Little Robot is a shonen manga by Osamu Tezuka, published between 1952 and 1968. This sci-fi series takes place in a futuristic world where robots and humans coexist. It is based on the adventures of Astro Boy (often referred to simply as Astro), a powerful robot created by the head of the Ministry of Science, Dr. Tenma, to replace his son Tobio, who died in an accident. Dr. Tenma builds Astro identically to Tobio and raises him as he would his own son. He soon realizes that the robot cannot fill the void left by his son, Astro unable to express character traits or grow old like any human does. Remaking, with one detail, an identical book, in compliance with the Essaim charter, to modify, correct or revive its reception and meaning, is reminiscent of Borges' short story, “Pierre Ménard, author of Quichotte”, which describes the life and work of the imaginary writer Pierre Ménard. He details his incredible project to rewrite and update the first book of Quixote. After a lifetime of effort, arriving at this new contemporary and perfect form, he reproduced Cervantes’ work identically, in archaic 15th-century Spanish. Borges justifies this work and demonstrates that Ménard's result is superior to the original: if Cervantes wrote banally in the Spanish of his time, Ménard engaged in a linguistic creation similar to that of these historical novels of the 19th century, which present two identical passages that the context of their writing nevertheless makes opposing. The Essaim collection brings together creations resulting from diversions, strictly respecting a charter requiring that one modification, only one, be made on the whole of a work which modifies, corrects or revives its reception and meaning. The subversion described by Karl Marx, by which Marchandise(Merchandise) > Argent (Money)> Marchandise (Merchandise) became A> M> A ', allowing the accumulation of capital through the exploitation of labor value, then simply A> A', finds its artistic expression here contemporary: M> A> A '> A' '..., ad libitum, or even A> A> A'> A ... where the first A is that of Astro Boy. In few words, the authors bought 300 copies from the original publisher, at a discount, and sell now each copy at the exuberant price of 25€. (from publisher)