The Arrival

by Shaun Tan

Hardback Publication Date: 12/10/2006

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Haunting, original and told entirely through exquisitely imagined black, white and sepia pictures, The Arrival is the story of one man's encounter with life in a strange new world. It's a timeless, universal story that will resonate with anyone, anywhere who has struggled to start again in a place that is different to the one they have always known. Much loved around the world, The Arrival has also won numerous awards including the CBCA Book of the Year and 'Best Album' at the Augouleme Festival in France. PRAISE for The Arrival: 'With this haunting, wordless sequence about a lonely emigrant in a bewildering city, Tan ...finds in the graphic novel format an ideal outlet for his sublime imagination...few will remain unaffected by this timeless stunner.' Publishers Weekly (USA) 'His unique ability to capture the heart and soul of a story through images more than proves the truth of the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.' The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) 'It is a magnificent and timely story of hope and persistence: deeply moving, disturbing and, at the same time, infused with quiet joy and a grand, buoyant openness to experience.'
The Monthly (Australia) 'An imaginative triumph, and every home should have one.' The Times (UK) 'Filled with both subtlety and grandeur, the book is a unique work that not only fulfils but also expands the potential of its form.' Booklist (USA) 'an unashamed paean to the immigrant's spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect.' Kirkus Reviews (USA) 'a remarkable and skilful work of art' The Sunday Times (UK) 'This book should be 'read' by adults and children alike. It's astonishing.' The Bookseller (UK)
ISBN:
9780734406941
Category:
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
12-10-2006
Publisher:
Hachette Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
128
Dimensions (mm):
316x243x15mm
Weight:
0.92kg
Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan grew up in Perth, Western Australia and currently works as an artist, writer and film-maker in Melbourne.

He began creating images for science fiction stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through dream-like imagery.

The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, Tales from Outer Suburbia, The Arrival, Rules of Summer and The Singing Bones, have been enjoyed by readers of all ages, locally and internationally.

Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for Pixar and Blue Sky Studios, and won an Academy Award for the short film adaptation of The Lost Thing. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, in recognition of his services to literature for young people.

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