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Hergé article in London Review of Books

#1 · Posted: 2 Sep 2012 19:01 · Edited by: Moderator
The London Review of Books, Vol. 34 No. 11, published 7 June 2012, has an article "Haddock blows his top" by Christopher Tayler in which he reviews Pierre Assouline's "Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin" and Benoit Peeter's "Hergé, Son of Tintin".

Actually it focuses mainly on Hergé's life and the charges of anti-semitism made against him before and during the war, though Tayler makes the interesting remark that Sakharine of "Unicorn" was a Russian Jew, which is born out by his business card which features the typically Russian given name "Ivan Ivanovitch".

It also mentions publisher Raymond Leblanc's fury when he discovered that Hergé was employing former collaborators such as Robert Poulet.

You can download the article (for a fee) at the London Review of Books site.

Read the opening paragraph in which Tayler compares Herge to TS Eliot. It's quite fun the comparisons he comes up with, though I myself haven't read much of Eliot's work (beyond "Practical Cats").

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