Tintin Forums

Tintin Forums / Hergé and Studio Hergé /

Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin, by Pierre Assouline

Page  Page 1 of 2:  1  2  Next » 

comixfanboy
Member
#1 · Posted: 4 Apr 2009 06:19
Folks,
I saw this new book in Amazon about Hergé,

Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin (Hardcover) by Pierre Assouline for 16.99 GBP

Has anyone heard of this? Any news would be greatly appreciated!

Best regards
comixfanboy
comixfanboy
Member
#2 · Posted: 12 Apr 2009 16:35
Folks,
Just checking about this book again. If some of our "French Speaking" colleagues could clarify, it would be great :-) !

This book is already out in French and the author I believe is a famous comic critic...

Thanks!
luinivierge2010
Member
#3 · Posted: 12 Apr 2009 19:10
The author, Pierre Assouline, is a journalist, novelist and biographer.

This will be an English translation of the French language biography “Hergé” first published by Plon in 1996 and reissued by Gallimard in 1998 - with a few changes - as a “livre de poche”.

It is unclear at this stage whether any further alterations or corrections will be introduced into the English edition.
jock123
Moderator
#4 · Posted: 18 Aug 2009 14:23
A positive piece on the Assouline book in this blog; scroll down to find it.

It would be nice to think that the publication of this biography will encourage further English-language books, as the blogger suggests.
comixfanboy
Member
#5 · Posted: 18 Aug 2009 23:35
Thanks Jock123!

I have pre-ordered this and the Art of Herge Volume 2. Cannot wait for it to get released. The cover image for the Art of Herge Vol 2 is not on Amazon yet...

Looking forward to it!
Tintinrulz
Member
#6 · Posted: 19 Aug 2009 06:53
Is this the Tintin et Moi interview book?
jock123
Moderator
#7 · Posted: 19 Aug 2009 11:47
Tintinrulz:
Is this the Tintin et Moi interview book?

No, that’s by Numa Sadoul; this is a general biography of Hergé, and I believe it was written after he had died.
Tintinrulz
Member
#8 · Posted: 19 Aug 2009 13:43 · Edited by: Tintinrulz
Ooops, okay, thanks. It still looks very interesting.
As for Numa Sadoul's book, do you know if there are any plans for an English version? I would find it invaluable. Thanks
mhoefler
Member
#9 · Posted: 24 Oct 2009 16:12 · Edited by: mhoefler
Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin, by Pierre Assouline /
Got my copy this week.

Some descriptions of Tintins adventures are a bit strange to say the least:
p. 56 "... Tapioca is overthrown by General Alcazsar, who also decides to have him shot. Tintin shares a bottle of aguardiente with the colonel heading the fireing squad, who in his inebriation promotes Tintin to colonel..."
p. 59 "The terrifiying monster is a gorilla the villains trained to kill but who turns out to be Ranko, Tintin's friend, who now finds a comfortble home in a zoo." - Tintin's friend? Huh?
p. 77f The Crab with the Golden Claws is constantly mistaken with The Land of Black Gold: "Hergé wanted a new title for the book based on the serial The Land of Black Gold. At first he thougt of calling it The Red Crab..."

I wonder if it results from bad translation? Even worse: the author himself wrote this?
Maybe readers of the original french version can shed some light?
But what does this say about the credibility of the (translated) book as a whole? Even if it is not the authors fault. Everything that is said migt by incorrect because of bad translation.

Some explanation my be the words on the 1st page: "The first English-language edition retains the core but not the totality of the original French edition."

Don't get me wrong. The book is an interesting read but what shall I think about its content.
Any thoughts?
Tintinrulz
Member
#10 · Posted: 25 Oct 2009 06:56
Is that really how the book reads? The English translation is awful! I'm not sure I can stomach something that badly written, even if it is about Herge and Tintin.

Page  Page 1 of 2:  1  2  Next » 

Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the Forum Posting Guidelines.

Disclaimer: Tintinologist.org assumes no responsibility for any content you post to the forums/web site. Staff reserve the right to remove any submitted content which they deem in breach of Tintinologist.org's Terms of Use. If you spot anything on Tintinologist.org that you think is inappropriate, please alert the moderation team. Sometimes things slip through, but we will always act swiftly to remove unauthorised material.

Reply



  Forgot your password?
Please sign in to post. New here? Sign up!