A small revolution by Boum is set in a dystopian future where revolution is brewing in the corners of the city. Originally published in French by Front Froid, this critically acclaimed and emotionally gripping comic explores the human side of injustice and revolt in just a few chapters.
Florence isn’t so interested in politics, but she knows that the injustices she witnesses every day are not something to pass without saying a word. His fellow orphans on the streets cannot afford health care, one of the privileges of the upper class, including his friend Auguste who suffers from a lung disease. A record of Boris Vian’s music gives him hope that the dictatorship will be abolished tomorrow. She wants to help overthrow the government, but Dominique and the other revolutionaries insist that she stay. She is still a child. But she is also ready to fight for a better future, even if it takes years.
A small revolution does not dwell on the politics and events that led to this future; however, the story spares enough detail to create a complete picture of this world. The evocation of starving orphans and secret meetings between revolutionaries shows what is at stake. Brief interactions between Florence and the other revolutionaries show their perceptions and motivations. The comic is notable for its more personal take on a dystopian future rather than focusing on politics or action. Florence learns that being a revolutionary is more than wielding weapons and attending demonstrations.
The story of Florence is a personal account of a world in turmoil and uncertain times. It is also a story of hope even in the face of injustice. No rebellion is too quiet and no revolution is too small.
A small revolution is available to read online. A print version is available for purchase from Soaring Penguin Press.
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Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) is a 2019 graduate of American University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Their cross-genre chapbook, Coquí’s Song, is forthcoming (2023) with Mason Jar Press.
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