Souvenirs de l'Éternel Présent [Remembrance of Eternal Present] was published by Arboris. A variation on the movie Taxandria by Raoul Servais, for which François Schuiten had done the graphic conception. Published in 1993 AD, with texts by Peeters and lettering by Etienne Schreder.
Schuiten and Peeters were never happy with the results. According to them the story was not finished. In 1999 AD Casterman published a rewritten version of the album as the 16th chapter of the chronicles. Schuiten altered the original drawings until he was happy. The original pages of the Arboris album don't exists anymore. Schuiten and Peeters redesigned the story during their trip in Cuba. Like Taxandra time also seems to have stand still in Cuba. Schuiten is now reasonable satisfied with the album, although he has redrawn the cover for a second release 1).
Aimé, a child of ten years with a shaved head, lives in Taxandria, a city in ruins, filled with Corinthian columns and great deserted palaces. Following a mysterious cataclysm, the laws of the “eternal present” were promulgated Taxandria: any reference to past and future are banned, all machines have been banned. Aimé discovers a picture book that recounts the terrible events. He is upset by reading this and nothing can be stopped now. Will he Succeed to escape the clutches of the sinister world of the eternal present?
A few examples of interior pages of the first edition.
A few examples of the interior pages of the second redrawn edition.
Some black print films of the first edition of Souvenirs de l'Éternel Présent.
With the release of the Casterman edition an introduction video was released.
|1983||Souvenirs de l'éternal Présent, variation sur le film Taxandria de Raoul Servais||French||Arboris||76||HC||9034410110||Oblong format|
|1983||Herinneringen aan het eeuwig heden, variatie op de film Taxandria van Raoul Servais||Dutch||Arboris||76||HC||9034324079||Oblong format|
|1994||Erindringer om den evige nutid||Danish||Arboris||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|1997||Memórias do Eterno Presente||Portuguese||BaleiAzul||76||SC||9729724741||Oblong format|
|2009||Herinneringen aan het Eeuwige Heden||Dutch||Casterman||78||SC||9789030363200|
|2009||Souvenirs de l'éternal Présent||French||Casterman||78||SC||9782203024854|
|2013||闇の国々||Japanese||ShoPro Books||n/a||HC||479687173X||Part of bundle 4|
|2018||Erinnerung an die Ewige Gegenwart||German||Schreiber und Leser||80||SC||9783946337607|