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Tolkien - Eclairer les ténèbres - World War I graphic novel

Oct 10, 2019
2019/10/10 22:00:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Tolkien - Eclairer les ténèbres ("Lighting the Darkness") is an 80 page graphic novel from French publisher Soleil that is due to be released on October 30th, 2019.

The following is a rough translation of the book description from the publisher:

This graphic novel explores the youth of the author of The Lord of the Rings, and his traumatic experience of the battlefields of the First World War, which forged the imagination of his literary work.

JRR Tolkien was not always the old professor of Oxford refining, pipe in mouth, his extraordinary work. In 1915, at age 23, he left for the front, with his high school friends, whom he loved as brothers. They participate in the Battle of the Somme which will leave 450,000 dead. The horror of war will brand itself onto friendship, love and creation.

The text is, of course, in French. A few sample pages are available to view from the publisher's website (link below).

Writer: Willy Duraffourg
Illustrator: Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Colorist: Flavia Caracuzzo
ISBN: 978-2-302-07888-8

Publisher's website

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Oct 11, 2019
2019/10/11 10:17:41 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
There is another graphic novel published recetly, on the same subject : J.R.R. Tolkien et la bataille de la Somme.
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