Europe

Around the Globe: Europe
Around the Globe: Europe

As a Belgian reporter, Tintin’s job — and his boundless curiosity — take him all over Europe, from Soviet Russia to Captain Haddock’s residence at Marlinspike Hall. In The Secret of the Unicorn and its sequel, Red Rackham’s Treasure, what begins as a romp through a Brussels street market turns into a sea voyage in search of buried treasure.

The Black Island takes Tintin and his canine companion to a foreboding island off the coast of Scotland. A mythical beast — based partly on the Scottish Loch Ness monster — haunts the island, and Tintin is determined to get to the bottom of the local legend, once and for all.

While it’s no mystery that Tintin in the Land of the Soviets is set in Russia, King Ottokar’s Sceptre is set in a fictitious, politically unstable Eastern European country called Syldavia. The Calculus Affair takes place in a Fascist European country called Borduria, where the government is determined to steal Professor Calculus’s latest invention for nefarious ends!

There’s no place like home, and a few of Tintin’s adventures take him no farther than his backyard. The Castafiore Emerald is set at Captain Haddock’s estate, where the arrival of opera singer Bianca Castafiore creates chaos. The last book in the series, Tintin and Alph-Art, takes place in the criminal underbelly of the art scene — right in Tintin’s home city of Brussels.