Manneken Pis' BIG BOOK
[Marie-Louise BRUYÈRE and Yoneko NURTANTIO]
WHY ON EARTH…?
Why on earth is Manneken Pis the symbol of Brussels?
If, like most Belgians, you have difficulty in answering this question, read “Mannenken Pis’ Big Book”! It’s short, it’s colorful, it’s rejoicing.
And above all, it tells you everything you need to know about Brussels’ most famous rebel!
Many questions arise: why is he so famous? Why is he dressed? Is it a scam?
Or maybe it’s a joke? A Belgian joke, then! And by the way, what’s Belgian humor? Does “Belgitude” really exist?
What if Manneken Pis was a symbol of surrealism? “Manneken Pis’ Big Book” starts from the astonishment of tourists.
It will let you discover why this mini statue is the most representative symbol of Brussels’ mindset.
Do you (re)discover Brussels? Read that book. It is just what you need. And it is the ideal gift to bring back from Belgium.
And guess what?... It’s available in 3 versions (EN-FR-NL)!
Is that art? - Extract from "Manneken Pis' Big Book"
Marie-Louise BRUYÈRE and Yoneko NURTANTIO © - All rights reserved
Credits : Erwann Gauthier and Afrânio Fonseca De Paula
(picture : Erwann Gauthier)
WHAT'S Manneken Pis' Big Book?
▪ A pretty and smart book: a graphic look + short and funny texts to understand this weird symbol
▪ All-in-one: Kroll, Monk, Geluck, Vizorek, Sttellla, Magritte, queen Fabiola… the cream of Belgian people gathered in one book,
by means of quotes and contributions
▪ Available in 3 languages (EN-FR-NL)
▪ A good deal : 12€
SHOP THE BOOK
"MANNEKEN PIS' BIG BOOK" is available in all these shops :
Tip: to get the complete list of retailers, click in the upper left corner
Shops in Brussels
+ Out of Brussels: De Permanensje @Geraardsbergen
WHY DID THEY WRITE THIS BOOK?
22 March 2016. Brussels is injured by two terrorist attacks.
Against terror, Belgian people decide to stay united.
Dozens of caricatures circulate widely. Most of them show the same symbol: a peeing little boy with a bare navel.
Is Manneken Pis a symbol for liberty? For sure.
Self-mockery, resistance, humility, surrealism…
What if this touristic UFO was the monument that best represents Brussels?
▪ 69 pages to understand the meaning of Brussels’ most famous rebel... and to finally get the joke!
▪ Marie-Louise BRUYÈRE and Yoneko NURTANTIO are a succesful mother-daughter team. They previously published
"Zéro gaspi !",
the method to increase your purchasing power by reducing food waste (Larousse Publisher)
▪ Foreword by Roel JACOBS, a recognised specialist of Brussels' history
▪ Supported by the Brussels-Capital Region and the French Community Commission (COCOF)
WHO CONTRIBUTED TO Manneken Pis' Big Book?
Marie-Louise BRUYÈRE and Yoneko NURTANTIO
Authors | Graphism | EN Translation
Artistic direction | NL Translation
Cover | Winner of the graphic competition
Graphist | "Reactions"
Afrânio FONSECA DE PAULA
Artist | "Witte Manneken-Pis Blanc"
HMI - Crew CNN 199
Street artist | "Manneken Peace"
Foreword and graphic revision
Graphic Designer | "Is that art?"
Graphic Designer | "Who is Manneken Pis?"
WHAT'S GOING ON?
Manneken Pis'Big Book IN THE MEDIA
Comment of a French reader:
"Amazing! […] I loved the humor! As I was reading this book, I wish I was Belgian!
How unique is this famous and beautiful symbol!"
FNAC Bookshop - Selected by the bookseller:
"Surreal, a bit rebel, famous but also disappointing… Manneken Pis symbolizes the whacky side of what's called "belgitude".
This colourful and funny book tells stories, anecdotes and mysteries about the small boy elevated to the rank of a national monument!
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Marie-Louise BRUYÈRE and Yoneko NURTANTIO, Manneken Pis’ Big Book,
Foreword by Roel JACOBS, translated from French by Yoneko NURTANTIO and Allison OCHSENMEIER (revision),
Brussels, ASBL Nurtantio Projects, 2017, 69 pp., ISBN (= EAN) : 978-9-08-278182-3
Également disponible en français
Le grand livre de Manneken-Pis
Ook beschikbaar in het Nederlands
Het grote boek van Manneken Pis