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On a tiny lighthouse island far from the rest of the world, a lonely hermit lives out his existence. Every week a supply boat leaves provisions, its occupants never meeting him, or intruding on the lonely man’s life.” The story is presented in black and white illustrations with hardly any text or dialogue, and is visually stunning and emotive. The hermit’s days are spent with a dictionary where at random he chooses a word to explore that day. The preface to this book gives a definition of imagination as; ‘The ability to form a mental image of fictional or perceived objects or concepts not actually present to the senses, and Christophe Chabouté published his first work, Stories, based on the work of Arthur Rimbaud, in 1993 in France. Since then, he has received numerous prizes for his very personal illustration and storytelling style. When Alone, a wholly original work of his, published in France, it was widely hailed as his masterpiece and was an Official Selection at France’s prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival. This is the first time that this French graphic novel has been translated into English.

“A visually stunning humanist fable.”—Publishers Weekly

By Christophe Chaboute Paperback RRP £15.99

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