The Pretendness

Nathalie Ruejas Jonson

Original Title
Låtsasheten
Published
Urax, 2017
Genre
Picture books
Pages
40
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The Pretendness

Nathalie Ruejas Jonson

I have grown out of the ordinary reality. Perhaps it has never fit me.

How is it to live in a world where everyone is expected to be willing and able to talk all the time? How do you get the talk to obey and not just do what it wants?

Pretendness is Nathalie Ruejas Jonson’s debut. With a very own visual language and an accurate tone, she draws a strong portrait of how it is to live as an introvert in a society entirely designed for extroverts. This is an important story for both children and adults.

By owning our language and being confident in how we communicate we create our identity. But are all forms of communication equal? By using visual storytelling I want to share my experiences on what it can be like to be perceived as quiet and how obstructive it can be. Society expects introverted people to practice being more assertive, but my work creates a place for them to just be. Not wanting to talk does not mean that one has nothing to say.

– Nathalie Ruejas Jonson

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