Arsène Schrauwen
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Arsène Schrauwen


In 1947, the author s grandfather, Arsene Schrauwen, traveled across the ocean to a mysterious, dangerous jungle colony at the behest of his cousin. Together they would build something deemed impossible: a modern utopia in the wilderness but not before Arsene falls in love with his cousin s wife, Marieke. Whether delirious from love or a fever-inducing jungle virus, Arsene s loosening grip on reality is mirrored by the graphic novel reader s uncertainty of what is imagined or real by Arsene. This first full-length graphic novel from the critically-acclaimed Olivier Schrauwen is an engrossing, sometimes funny, slightly surreal and often beautiful narrative."

Title:Arsène Schrauwen
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages

    Arsène Schrauwen Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    Feb 07, 2015

    On the surface it would appear this pretty remarkable book is a biography of the author's grandfather. It can't be literally true, as much of it appears to take place as dream/fantasy or fantasies of ...

  • Nate D
    Mar 26, 2015

    Despite the deceptively simple, sketchy line quality here, Schrauwen packs an incredible amount of visual and narrative sophistication into this. Conceptual layouts, odd color interplays, shifting int...

  • Andrew
    May 11, 2016

    A surreal and mostly (totally?) apocryphal story of the cartoonist's grandfather's coming-of-age in the Belgian Congo. I'm not sure that the Content lives up to the Form, but the Form is certainly spe...

  • Ingrid
    Feb 13, 2015

    Imperialism! Love! Beer! Homoeroticism! Hypersexual leopardpeople! Tenacious native bacteria that turn you into a human cauliflower! Unwanted pregnancies! Visionary architecture! Old money! Insanity! ...

  • Tom
    Apr 02, 2016

    A lovely story about a very simple Flemish man who embarks on a trip to the colonies. There, he gets entangled in the construction of 'Freedomville', a sort of Western art city in the middle of the ju...

  • Kristoff Tilkin
    May 03, 2016

    Een paar losse herinneringen, een handjevol feiten uit de familiale overlevering en zijn nooit aflatende verbeeldingsmotor: meer had tekenaar Olivier Schrauwen niet nodig om de striproman van het jaar...

  • Emilia P
    Mar 18, 2015

    Is this a celebration or a damnation of colonialist fervor? Is it intentionally primitive or awkwardly so? Is it a love story or an architectural review? A bit of all of these things, really. A mixing...

  • Kim
    Nov 06, 2014

    Brian Nicholson's review of the work is well written.

  • Natlia Cerezo
    Mar 11, 2014

    Muy bueno. Tanto la historia como el dibujo resultan hipnóticos. No pude dejar de leer hasta que lo terminé, espero con ganas la segunda parte....

  • Derek
    Jan 12, 2015

    Feverish and confounding, like being trapped inside the belly of whatever beast slouched towards empire....