& Juda, 1988,
BDadult, CAP ( J Carton )
It's a brief and confusing biblical tale. The chapter dedicated
to ONAN in the Bible is more an enigma than an explicit tale.
This painted comic book suggests several tracks
to be followed across the Neguev desert
in order to solve dilemmas that the Semites faced
during the old ages in order to adopt Judaïsm
or on the contrary that of the eternal absence of guilt
leading to the " Paradise " of those who kill .
When population is scarce and the desert is huge , man
must give women a descendance ( specially if they are
young and beautiful ) . It ' s a father ' s duty in such a place ,
that their sons have an attractive and stimulating wife .
Those are Juda ' s whishes . Even if he finds his
daughter-in-law irresistible , he chooses to remain a good
Yet , the obscure memories of the past (Sichem) torture
and kill Juda ' s sons after marrying Thamara . Thus , she
becomes twice a widow .
Fearing the same fate for his third son Juda decides not
to marry him to Thamara breaking thus the sacred law .
In the end, Thamara re-establishes the law of this beautiful
and rude land broken by Juda. She will enable him to recover
self-respect by giving again meaning and incarnation to his words.