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ISBN : 978-2-9191-2246-2

Format : 24 x 24 cm

Pages : 72 pages

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Siam Slices
(english texts)

Alain Joannis | November 2011

A sketchbook about kingdom of Siam, in XXI century

The book

This small book sets out to be a kind of travel journal without the traveling. The author had the good fortune to choose to live in Thailand. He is not therefore a traveller passing through, nor does he wish to write a tourist guide about Tailand. His main goal is to try to re-interpret some of his brief glimpses -subjective and transitory- of this country. He hopes too that those who read this book might find here some recollections of fleeting moments, of little slices of daily life (hence the book’s title) rather than a catalogue of local customs and sights imprinted ‘Asian exoticism’.
Alain Joannis does not refer to Thailand pure and simple, he will refer rather to HIS Thailand, not in any proprietorial way but with great affection. He agrees that he can only see this country through European eyes but he hopes he always performs his author’s task with humility.
Sketches presentation texts in French, English and Thai.

The author

Après douze ans passés en Polynésie et aux USA, la démarche d'Alain Joannis se fonde sur l’idée que l’attitude consistant, dans un premier temps, à fermer sa bouche et à ouvrir ses yeux, son esprit et son coeur, restent les meilleures façons de connaître une culture, donc un pays et ses habitants. Ceci, dans une démarche d’écoute respectueuse et de tendresse non condescendante, sans oublier une indispensable proportion d’humour... Il s’efforce de ne jamais perdre de vue qu’il n’est ici une fois encore qu’un « invité » privilégié, et qu’en tant que tel, il se doit de ne porter aucun jugement de valeur, mais seulement un regard qu’il souhaite partager.