Tintin in Tibet

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First edition album (Belgium) published in 1960.

“NEPAL AIR DISASTER — NO SURVIVORS.” This newspaper headline transforms Tintin’s holiday into an extraordinary adventure. The little reporter learns that his friend, Chang, was in the aircraft that crashed, and that there were no survivors. Nevertheless, the strength of their friendship and some powerful and vivid dreams convince Tintin to set off to rescue Chang, whom he believes is still alive. Accompanied by his faithful companion, Captain Haddock, Tintin sets out for the site of the crash.

The trek through the Himalayas is merciless. Despite several major setbacks and the fact that his companions seem to give up hope, Tintin’s faith is unshakable. Unfortunately, finding Chang is made even more difficult by the presence of the “Abominable Snowman” (the Yeti) — a mysterious, wild beast.

Tintin in Tibet

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Tintin in Tibet is a particularly interesting book within the Hergé canon, as it was written 25 years after the author worked with his friend Chang Chong-chen on The Blue Lotus. Hergé had lost contact with Chang during World War II, and transposed his desire to see him again to Tintin in Tibet. There are no baddies or car chases in this profound and moving story of friendship; the narrative is kept bare and essential. This was Hergé’s favorite book, and was probably the most personal adventure for the author.

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