Arsene Schrauwen

In 1947, the author's grandfather, Arsene, traveled across the ocean to a mysterious jungle colony in hopes of building something deemed impossible: a utopia of modernity in the wilderness. What could go wrong? This first full-length graphic novel from Olivier Schrauwen manages to fold many of the artist's obsessions found in his short stories - culture clash, lowbrow humor, colonialism, and early-20th-century continental European life - into a single engrossing, often beautiful narrative.

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