This Thing Called Life

This Thing Called Life


Text & illustrations: Christian Borstlap


What is life? What do we know about it? Of course, we know a few things about reproduction, perception, breathing, movement and even more. Life is full of surprises. Sometimes it is sweet, sometimes difficult. Sometimes, living is also surviving. Above all, one thing about life is certain: we do not live alone. The life of every being is linked to the one of others. Life must be preserved. It must be celebrated in all its forms.




  • This edition

    ISBN 978-2-924332-71-9

    Released on September 17th, 2019

    23.2 x 30.5 cm

    56 pages — Hardcover
    4+ years

  • Reviews

    ‘‘Comme des géants deserves an honorable mention: by publishing This Thing Called Life, a work by Christian Borstlap, it relased its first carbon neutral book. [...] This picture book, which mixes documentary and fiction, praises life. [...] Moreover, its success is contagious.’’

    Les libraires magazine

    ‘‘Beautiful and singular documentary, adapted from an animated short film. It allows us to understand the living with our senses as much as with our heads. Note that this is the first carbon-neutral book published by Comme des géants [...].’’
    Marie Allard, La Presse

    ‘‘The compositions follow one another, all so different, offering the informed eye the opportunity to discover life here, there, hidden, almost jumping out of the book. Everything there makes sense and creates meaning.’’
    Marie Fradette, Le Devoir

  • Éditions étrangères

    Allemagne — Verlagsgruppe

    Anglais monde — Random House

    Belgique (français monde) — Casterman

    Corée — Gilbultschool

    Chine (simplifié) — Ginkgo Book

    Espagne — Barbara Fiore Editora

    France — Casterman

    Grèce — Patakis

    Russie — Samokat Publishing House