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(en) France, Alternative Libertair #220 - Interview: Libertalia literary treasure island (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 17 Nov 2012 10:05:55 +0200


In our series of interviews with publishers militants, this month we present the work - furious - the house that has become Libertalia in a short time, a key player in the publishing world political alternative. ---- Nicolas, Libertalia total of thirty works in the catalog, a newsletter dynamic animates your communication, and you have full editing projects cartons, how do you do to keep afloat in the world of publishing activist? ---- "Float", the term may be a bit much. Let's say we do what we can to maintain editorial and news to listen to all that rustles in our time. I think the key lies in the visibility Libertalia considerable time we devote to the publishing house. We are three: Bruno, webmaster and graphic designer, Charlotte, corrective profession, provides copy editing and proofreading, for my part, I try, I ferret, I contacted the authors, I order I suggest texts or reissue unavailable texts and provides all the editing, monitoring with the printer, press services, part shipments, etc..

French teacher in a college in Montreuil, I am now part-time to make more time for the publishing house, which is much more time consuming than the catalog stuff. To summarize, Libertalia is a publishing house that nonprofit professional.

There is a graphic and a tone that characterize Libertalia your posts, and at the same time seems pretty eclectic catalog. What is your editorial line?

The graphic is just Bruno, former lead singer of Bolshoi (Toulouse), cartoonist under the pseudonym "the Hool Nono's" a kind of magician can design a cover in minutes. Charter varies collections: pocket "At red ball" is a collection of agit-prop, with a line graph rather garish. The collection "Terra Incognita" wisest is visually simple. In general, the tone Libertalia: title offensive and glossy lamination. Imaging anti-elitist. On the inner aspect, we try to treat the object, wide margins, offset printed books now on soft paper, sewn. Indeed, the editorial is quite eclectic. And it is constantly evolving, as encounters, desires, political emergencies. There has always been a place for literature in our publications. On the ideological point of view, Libertalia is part of the family libertarian, but we think we should look beyond Bakunin-Kropotkin-Sébastien Faure. We are in a time of redefinition of critical thinking, anything is possible. So let's see what happens on the side of the critical value (Wertkritik) side of diminishing anti-industrial. We were sometimes accused of crypto-Marxist or islamogauchistes, it does not bother us, there is truth and everything is nowhere to be reinvented.

In a medium under continuous technological and financial constraints, be militant editor is a priesthood?

Very clearly, and I stress this: Libertalia pays copyright, pays printers, illustrators and translators, but brings nothing to his three master craftsmen, without which we would not exist more. Very recent bankruptcy of our diffuser made us lose the equivalent of six months of sales, our accounts are in the red but still we publish four new this fall. So yes, there is one aspect priesthood. We hope that in the future with our new distributor broadcaster (Harmonia Mundi), we find a bit of quiet financial. In general, the issue of social criticism has failed to provide a viable alternative pole distribution. It folds so on commercial broadcasters. This is the book chain alternative that should rethink, but it takes a tremendous job.

Libertalia referring to the pirate utopia, books about pirates, with the logo Jolie Rouge: You are trying to tell us something?

During the Golden Age of Piracy (1716-1726), hundreds of outlaw in rags were more powerful than national navies and private two of the greatest nations of the world, they built a against quasi-egalitarian society. The gesture piratesque has something utopian, romantic and has also strongly influenced novelists, Defoe in Melville. However, why not subscribe to the admonition of Charles Bellamy? "Damn you, you're a coward, as are all those who agree to be governed by the laws of wealthy men have prepared to ensure their own safety. They pretend to be bandits, these scoundrels, then there is a difference between us and them, they steal from the poor under the cover of law while we plunder the rich under the protection of our own courage . '

Future in which you sign up, what long-term plans for Libertalia?

In October, we publish four texts: Put up, here we come!, A book that focuses on the struggles of immigration from the 1970s to the present day, written by Mogniss. H. Abdallah, I do not like the police in my country, a story of the newsletter What is the police?, By Maurice Rajsfus, Belly is still fertile, an analysis of the European extreme right, by Dominique Vidal, and finally two extracts The history of the most famous pirates of Daniel Defoe as the Libertalia a pirate utopia.

During the first quarter of 2013, we will publish four titles. The reissue of Bourgeois and Bras naked Daniel Guérin, a novel by historian Eric Fournier on political memoirs of the Paris Commune, a reissue of The History of Surrealism casual Raoul Vaneigem, and finally Gérard new dark enough Mordillat called Yorick.

Interview by Cuervo (AL 78-95)
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