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    DescriptionHerge's Tintin cartoon adventures have been translated into more than fifty languages and read by tens of millions of children aged, as their publishers like to say, 'from 7 to 77'. Arguing that their characters are as strong and their plots as complex as any dreamt up by the great novelists, Tom McCarthy asks a simple question: is Tintin literature? McCarthy takes a cue from Tintin himself, who spends much of his time tracking down illicit radio signals, entering crypts and decoding puzzles and suggests that we too need to 'tune in' and decode if we want to capture what's going on in Herge's work. What emerges is a remarkable story of hushed-up royal descent in both Herge's work and his own family history. McCarthy shows how the themes this story generates - expulsion from home, violation of the sacred, the host-guest relationship turned sour and anxieties around questions of forgery and fakeness - are the same that have fuelled and troubled writers from the classical era to the present day. His startling conclusion is that Tintin's ultimate 'secret' is that of literature itself. Appearing on the eve of the release of a major Steven Spielberg Tintin film, Tintin and the Secret of Literature should be avidly devoured by not only Tintin lovers but also by anyone with an interest in literature, philosophy or art.


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    Title
    Tintin and the Secret of Literature
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom McCarthy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 171 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847084224
    ISBN 10: 1847084222
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.5
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSY
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25720
    BISAC V2.8: LIT009000, LIT017000
    BIC subject category V2: FZG
    DC22: 741.59493
    Thema V1.0: DSY, XR
    Illustrations note
    ill
    Publisher
    GRANTA BOOKS
    Imprint name
    GRANTA BOOKS
    Publication date
    02 August 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Tom McCarthy is an artist and writer, and has written several books, articles and essays, including Remainder (Metronome Press, 2005). He has had several teaching residencies in art schools and lives in London. His latest novel C, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.