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Women who read are dangerous

magazine edited in paris by vincent moustache 2017

Cover: April 23rd International Day of Books Gregore Keburia by Vincent Moustache


The time is summer, 1957 - August - Hiroshima.

A French woman, about thirty years old, has come to Hiroshima to play in a film on Peace.

The story begins the day before her return to France. The film in which she's playing is practically finished. There's only one more scene to shoot.

The day before her return to France this French woman, whose name will never be given in the film - this anonymous woman - meets a Japanese (engineer or architect) and has a very brief love affair with him.

How they met will not be revealed in the picture. For that is not what...


"Hiroshima mon amour"

screenplay by


FOR film director

Alain Resnais


The best place in the world to celebrate the International Day of Books April 23rd is Barcelona. The day for lovers in Catalonia is this same day, the day of Sant Jordi - Saint George. The tradition says that men offer to women a rose and women to men a book, but the things has changed and people offer both their lovers, doesn't matter the gender. All the cities, specially Barcelona, celebrate this day with a massive book fair in public places. There, easily you can even meet your favorite writers signing books in the stands. Everybody is walking in the streets. All the citizens go out to enjoy the sun and find their friends, familiars and lovers.

I can't imagine a better day to celebrate books as a loving day.




Portrait of my mother Tica Tido by Carmen Roig


ome places, 60 years ago, where like living 500 years ago. The electricity maybe had arrived, but hardly a modern civilization. Women, like my mother, her sister or their cousins, were working with dangerous machines since 12, making most of them shoes.

The education was related to boys, period. Little weak girls had a most important destiny in their tiny life, be the angel of their future homes. At girls school, maybe a little bit of maths and languages but, of course, sewing and embroidering. All this time to prepare you for one mission in life, get married.

After, where they grow up, their options were also limited. With few high schools, very few, just in big towns, with not many options for someone who works and wanted to study. So, in Spain, the "girls education" was continued in fascist feminine schools and, here, the education was to teach you to be a woman: sewing combined with ideological and misogynistic lessons.

Women in town were push into their dowry. Some lucky ones, who knew the name of their future husband, embroidered their initials together but, those that doesn't, just let the space. And then, here we got the tradition. The drama knock your door when your fiancé break with you. What will we do with all those initials?

Do you know what is funny? Maybe in that times when women couldn't sign with their real name their books, at the same moment, other illiterate women were embroidering initials once and other again on dowries. Maybe this was a secret protest.

My mother went to high school during night after a hard day of work in the sewing machine at the factory. She was qualified as french teacher but, after, during her professional career, she had to teach lots of different subjects, included something weird and very new, basketball. She also was one of the pioneers introducing Catalan in the schools at the beginning of democracy. She was studying all her life, even when we were kids, waking up early in the morning sleeping few hours.

She taught me the love for books.

"I don't mind if you spend money with books, a book is always a good investment for your future"

Vicenta Maria Tido i Bernal

"secret embroidered protest"



De Beauvoir was intellectually precocious, fueled by her father's encouragement; he reportedly would boast, "Simone thinks like a man!". Because of her family's straitened circumstances, de Beauvoir could no longer rely on her dowry, and like other middle-class girls of her age, her marriage opportunities were put at risk. De Beauvoir took this opportunity to do what she always wanted to do while also taking steps to earn a living for herself.




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