217 x 303 mm
192 Pages color
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A graphic novel based on real events, as captured in his journals by a young Czech explorer and botanist, Alberto Vojtěch Frič. In the winter of 1908 he returned to Europe from Paraguay accompanied by Cherwuish, a member of an indigenous tribe afflicted by a mysterious disease. A captivating story depicting the encounter between two men from two entirely different cultures whose paths crossed for a short time. A fascinating comic-form narrative laced with humour and melancholy.
Lucie Lomová is the best-known woman Czech comic art author of the new, postcommunist generation, with three coveted Muriel Prizes for comic art to her name. She is also a prolific illustrator, and her books have been translated into German, French, Hungarian and Polish.
The story of Cherwuish is a true story. And it was in every respect as incredible, amus- ing and bittersweet as Lucie Lomová has drawn it. First published in instalments in the popular Czech journal Pestrý týden in 1943, it was written in his old age by the leg- endary explorer and collector of cacti A.V. Frič. In those days, as a protest against the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, he grew a full beard of the kind favoured by South American barbudos, and would not leave his house. During World War II writing became one of the few sources of his in- come. The adventures of a savage in the civi- lised world, written with grace, humour and empathy, gradually expanded into a great existential narrative – not just that of Cher- wuish but equally of Frič’s own personal sto- ry. The tale of a brave adventurer, a free spirit who sometimes acted impulsively, a dreamer and a brawler, an intrepid explorer of blank spots on the global map and in the human mind, endowed with a great gift for obser- vation and also for asking good questions, an interpreter of truths experienced at first hand, a defender of the values of otherness.
Supported by Ministry of Culture of The Czech Republic