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Le Petit Nicolas: the magic of every-day life through the lenses of childhood

In March 1959, the legendary French comics writer René Goscinny associated with illustrator Jean-Jacques Sempé for what then seemed no more than a side project: short stories for children told by one of them, "Young Nicholas" (or, in French, "Le Petit Nicolas"). Little more than 50 years later, the project has become a hit with 8 volumes published (most of them waiting for you at Dibuka), millions of copies sold, translations in several languages and even a cinematographic adaptation.

The recipe of this success is simple and refreshing: Nicholas tells the world as he sees it, with a straightforward, uncomplicated perception that is characteristic of children. Comical effect – when his naive views contradict those, more elaborate but often hypocrite, of adults – and nostalgic memories arouse from his narration. This “double effect”, both comic and poetic, make of the book an early example of modern children' literature, centred around the child's experience of life rather than imposing an adult's point of view. It makes the book suitable for kids, who will be delighted at following the adventures of one of their pairs, and adults, who will look at it as a tender reminder of the golden age of childhood.

 

Hadrien Diez

Books - Dibuka

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    Dibuka

    Dibuka Library Festival

    Not your ordinary book festival! 1 – 29 September 2018 Spring is coming! And with it, the Dibuka Library Festival, a new kind of book festival to celebrate Dibuka's new revamping and its 15th birthday. Dibuka Library Festival will run from the 1st to the 29th of September at the newly revamped… Read more
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    Dibuka

    Discover the new Dibuka

    The Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg are proud to present the newly revamped francophone multimedia library, named after the Setswana word for "books": dibuka. Dibuka is today the biggest francophone multimedia… Read more
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    Dibuka is revamping!

    Dibuka is revamping! Due to a delay in the renovation work, Dibuka will only re-open on the 18th of August 2018.We apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. In the framework of its 15th anniversary, Dibuka is closed for renovation from the 16th of July 2018 to the 2nd of… Read more

Opening Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday - Wednesday:  
9.30 - 12.30 | 14.00 - 19.30
Thursday:
8.30 - 12.30 | 14.00 - 19.30
Friday:
9.30 - 12.30 | 14.00 - 18.00
Saturday:
9.30 - 13.30

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