Khalil Bendib/Luis Sepúlveda
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A survivor of the Battle of Algiers, Khalil Bendib was born in Paris as a refugee of Algeria’s war of independence. He grew up in Morocco and Algeria, and, at age 20, landed in Berkeley, California, where he studied and became an artist. His political cartoons have been published in the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and other major US newspapers. Bendib’s first graphic novel, Zahra’s Paradise, about the Green movement of 2009 in Iran, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into many languages.
Born in 1949 in northern Chile, Luis Sepúlveda is the bestselling author of the longseller The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly, which sold over five million copies worldwide. He has many highly acclaimed literary awards to his name and has written short stories, novellas, plays, radioplays and essays. Due to his political activities in the students’ movement Luis Sepúlveda had to leave Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship.
The graphic novel based on Luis Sepúlveda’s bestselling novel that has been translated into more than 15 languages!
35 years on from Pinochet's putsch, the three former exiles Cacho, Lolo and Lucho meet again in Chile. By now they are La sombra de lo que fuimos (“The Shadow of What We Were”): pot-bellied, balding and grey-bearded. Their plan is finally to unearth a treasure the police have never tracked down: the loot from a famous bank robbery that took place in 1925, undertaken by a group of anarchists. Drinking and wallowing in memories of their old revolutionary days, they wait for the fourth man, who should know more about the money. But instead of him, a former friend shows up, telling an incredible story.
Affectionate, funny and with a good pinch of irony, this graphic novel tells the story of a group of tragic heroes who never lose their faith in humour –which is why they end up as winners.
An amazing book, a mixture of heartbreak and humour.
The Huffington Post
Sepúlveda’s magical prose becomes a tense masterpiece, drawing as much from Hemingway as from the tradition of magic realism.
Like Maus and Persepolis, Zahra’s Paradise puts a human face on a time of grief and unrest.
Glen Weldon, NPR (National Public Radio), USA
La sombra de lo que fuimos. Graphic novel
(based on the novel by Luis Sepúlveda)
Too Big to Fail
Studio Bendib 2012, 179 p.
(together with Amir Soltani)
New York: First Second 2011, 272 p.
Egypt: Dar Al-Tanweer 2014 ● Finnland: Like 2012 ● France: Editions Casterman 2011 ● Germany: Knesebeck Verlag 2011 ● Greece: Ellinka Grammata 2013 ● Iran: vote4zahra.org 2013 ● Israel: Saga Press (not known) ●
Italy: Rizzoli Lizard 2011 ● Korea: Darun Publisher 2012 ● Netherlands: Casterman 2011 ● Poland: Wydawnictwo Post 2013 ● Portugal: Leya 2011 ● Spain: Norma 2011 ● Sweden: Epix Bokforlag AB 2011 ● Turkey: Pegasus Yayincilik 2012
Northampton: Interlink Books 2007, 191 p.
Mieux Vaut Empire qu’en Pleurer
Paris: e-Dite 2005, 155 p.
It became necessary to Destroy the Planet in Order to Save it
Los Angeles: Plan Nine Publishing 2003, 160 p.