Huit jours à Trébaumec
Author: Georges Hugnet (1906 - 1974)
Artist: Georges Hugnet (1906 - 1974)
Publisher: Henri Mercher
Guide Rose Micheline
The surprise one registers when reading the unusual text and seeing the strange collages of Huit jours à Trébaumec fits comfortably into the tradition of Dada and surrealism. Without even opening the book, this surprise is already caused by the edition's unusual size (40 centimetres tall and 19 centimetres wide). The book, which was published by Mercher, appeared as Guide Rose Micheline, a parody of the popular travel guide Guide Michelin Rouge. In this parody, it is not a little Michelin man, but a Michelin woman acting as a tour guide in the book.
Every set of facing pages features two photo collages on the right, accompanied by two captions on the left. Hugnet's handwriting has been reproduced here in phototype. The everyday holiday snapshots of tourist attractions have been embellished by Hugnet with magazine clippings, mainly of mannequins, women and models, but also of enormous mushrooms.