“Dune is above all a great ecological book”

Partner of the book “Tout sur Dune”, edited by Lloyd Chéry, and published in bookstores by L’Atalante / Leha, Numerama gives you an extract from the interview with Brian Hebert and a foretaste of the one with Denis Villeneuve.

Cult literary work by Frank Herbert, the adaptation of Dune by director Denis Villeneuve is in theaters this Wednesday, September 15, 2021. We will find Timothée Chalamet in the role of Paul Atréides or Zendaya in the role of Chani.

This absolutely grandiose adaptation puts the spotlight on Frank Herbert’s monumental universe. It was therefore necessary to have an equally massive structure to cover its extent. This is how the mook Dune, imagined by journalist Lloyd Chéry (It’s more than sci-fi), and of which Numerama has been a partner since the crowdfunding. Over several hundred pages, literary figures, scientists and journalists take turns to decipher all the branches and all the complexity of Dune.

Now out of print, the mook has been reissued in an augmented version, under the title All about Dune.

All about Dune // Source: Cover by Aurélien Police.

We find, in this reference book, rare interviews, including one with Denis Villeneuve, but also with Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert, who continues his father’s work. ” It was important to have Brian Herbert with us. His presence legitimizes our project because Brian is the guarantor of Frank Herbert’s estate. His agreement was necessary to have the support of Warner Bros. He knows the saga better than everyone else and we wanted to highlight everyone who had worked on Dune », Explains Lloyd.

Ecology in Dune: “I see it as a door of hope for our future”, explains Denis Villeneuve

In this article, Numerama shares an exclusive excerpt from this interview with the heir of Frank Herbert. ” I wanted to ask him about the dark side of his father, which he describes himself in his biography and which he finally tempers in our interview. Lloyd says. We also find, in this interview, an anything but insignificant link with that of Denis Villeneuve: the environmental impact of the work.

The director confides, in the book, part of his approach for his film: ecology. For Villeneuve, Frank Herbert addresses this aspect both with a ” scientific precision “And as” source of inspiration of a spirituality “. Since Dune imagine a people having a ” very sophisticated sacred relationship “With its environment,” It is therefore through a sacred relationship to the natural world that I approach ecology in the film. I see it as a door of hope for our future », He tells Lloyd Chéry. We also spoke to you about this ecological aspect by deciphering the first images of the film. Ultimately, Dune has perhaps never been so current.

Interview with Brian Herbert: excerpt

Lloyd Chéry: Tell us about the very first time you heard of Dune at home ?

Brian Herbert: It was in 1962. We lived in a poor area of ​​San Francisco. My father had been working on this project for a few years. He was sitting in the apartment dining room next to my mother Beverly. He told her the scene of the gom jabbar. At the time, it was she who supported the family. She was a constant support for my father. She also had writing skills and she reread all of her novels.

LC: Precisely, we often forget the role of your mother Beverly. Do you have any anecdotes about narrative choices or advice she gave Frank Herbert?

BH: Of course! It was even she who found the title “Dune”. She advised my father on the female psychology of his characters by telling him: ” A woman doesn’t think like that ” (to laugh). She was amazing. One day my father was being interviewed by Jim French, a well-known Seattle radio host, in the early 1980s, the show’s producer told him before the interview began: ” Don’t ask stupid questions and instead ask him about the importance of Beverly in his work. Which he did, to the delight of my father. He was not mistaken, my mother was extremely important for the creation of the universe of Dune.

“My father liked to analyze the human being”

LC: Your biography hints at the dark side of your father’s personality. Did you intend to portray him as he really was – an ordinary person with his qualities and his faults?

BH: He didn’t have a dark side, he was human. We must not forget that he had a childhood and a complicated relationship with his own parents. The discipline her policeman father instituted at home was tough and it wasn’t always rosy. He was a child in the 1930s during the Great Depression. I believe he sincerely did what he could. We are products of our time. I forgave him for everything that didn’t go well. If we look at his entire bibliography, my father liked to analyze human beings.

LC: How do you explain that Dune remains so iconic and unforgettable?

BH: The novel captured its time in the 1960s with spice. It first appealed to students on American campuses. Corn Dune is above all a great ecological book that talks about the scarcity of resources, including water. It is also a formidable adventure novel centered on Paul Atréides and his initiatory path, which follows very faithfully the path imagined by Joseph Campbell. We can just as easily read Dune for what he says about politics and religion. Finally, Dune keeps talking about the cause of women and how they end up running the universe. It is for all these reasons that this novel will remain a classic.

The Dune mook was released in bookstores on November 19, 2020, from L’Atalante editions and Leha editions. Price: 22.50 euros.

The 2nd edition, Tout sur Dune, was released on September 9, 2021. Price: 32 euros.

Article originally published on November 18, 2020 and updated on September 15, 2021

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