Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Flaming Grenade


As per the Anatomia Cartooniensa:

The flaming grenade or fire-ball is a symbol, which will celebrate its first 500 years of existence before long. It has been a military insignia for just as many centuries, empowering its wearer of thunder and show off in equal measures. 
Napoleon thus applied the symbol to successfully take on Poland, and so there is all the more reason for any speaker to use that very same strategy. 

Words too have their strategy of empowerment by way of becoming a reality. The present cartoon by Fadi Abou Hassan is a magnificent example of hot air balloons and the danger they entail, only too easily transforming into actual tools of murder. 

The juxtaposition of words and imagery is the ultimate forte, forgetting his role as a servant to a people. In Europe Russia demarcates the ultimate border of a despot; when the invasion of Russia is on the table, we know he is on the end of his line. Napoleon could tell. 

With this one, well...


Fadi Abou Hassan, January 15, 2017.


The cartoon shown is courtesy of Fadi Abou Hassan and must not be reproduced without his permission.



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