Books relating to the subjects covered in the Tintin series

Last modified: 16 January 2005.

Tibet Tibet by Patrick French
Tibet, Tibet - A Personal History of a Lost Land

Patrick French's book presents a balanced view of the struggle between Tibet and China that continues to this day. A fascinating study of Tibet today, incorporating Tibetan history, interviews with prominent and lesser-known Tibetan figures, and many personal observations. "Tintin in Tibet" is referred to on a couple of occasions.

Notes by Richard Wainman. Book cover scanned by Richard Wainman.
Lost World Tibet
Lost World - Tibet

First published in 1950, Amaury de Riencourt's book charts his journey through Tibet in 1947 as one of the last Europeans permitted to enter the forbidden city of Lhasa before the Chinese invasion. The book has a number of moments that are reminiscent of "Tintin in Tibet", and provides a deeper insight into the "lost world" of Tibet before the invasion.

Notes by Richard Wainman. Book cover scanned by Richard Wainman.
Fake by Clifford Irving
Fake! The Story of Elmyr de Hory, the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time

Charting the career of Elmyr de Hory, the Hungarian forger who produced 'masterpieces' by artists such as Modigliani, Picasso, D├ęgas and Vlaminck, this book also discusses the story of Fernand Legros, who inspired Hergé when he created the character of Endaddine Akass. De Hory was the inspiration for Ramó Nash, and de Hory's villa on Ibiza was the model for Akass' on Ischia. The author, Clifford Irving, is an interesting character who tried to publish a fake "authorised" biography of Howard Hughes. The book is out of print, but it's a fascinating story and defintiely inspired Hergé for Alph-Art.

Notes by Richard Wainman. Book cover scanned by Richard Wainman.

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