1977, Brugge Musician. Animator. Comic book author.
Schrauwen studied animation and graphic design. His first comic book, My Boy (2006), was an immediate success, winning the prize for the best Flemish debut. This was followed later by The man who grew a beard (2010) and Le miroir de Mowgli [Mowgli’s Mirror] (2011). In 2015 Arsène Schrauwen was published, an – imaginary – biography about the time his grandfather spent in Belgian Congo. Schrauwen has received many prices and nominations in Europe, including four for the best comic book in Angoulême. Arsène Schrauwen won him the American Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. His work has been translated into eight languages.
The American writer and comic book artist Art Spiegelman describes Schrauwen as ‘the most original cartoonist I have fallen onto since Chris Ware or Ben Katchor.’
Translated by Helge Lethi
In 1947, the author's grandfather, Arsene, traveled across the ocean to a mysterious, dangerous jungle colony at the behest of his cousin. Together they would build something deemed impossible: a utopia of modernity, in the wilderness — but not before Arsene falls in love with his cousin's wife, Marieke. Whether delirious from love or a fever-inducing jungle virus, Arsene's loosening grip on reality is mirrored by the reader's uncertainty of what is imagined or real by Arsene. This first full-length graphic novel from the critically-acclaimed Olivier Schrauwen is an engrossing, sometimes funny, slightly surreal and often beautiful narrative.
There's very little like this out there right now.