The Tree-Man, Volumes 1 & 2
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A graphic novel series by New York Times best-selling author Joann Sfar follows Little Vampire (Simon & Schuster, 2003), The Rabbi’s Cat (Pantheon, 2005) and Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East (First Second Books, 2006—The Tree-Man). For this work, he reaches again into Jewish mysticism and his own unbridled mythology to present a Tolkienesque tale set in Lithuania.
Volume 1, L’étoile polaire/The Polar Star
Three very unlikely heroes—The Tree-Man, the Golem, and Eliaou, the old Kabbalist—set out for adventure to the enticing and enchanting beat of Klezmer music. A whirlwind of powerful images and wacky inventions awaits as the heroes discover the Altivarais, a cruel and cold people who plan to bring down the sacred Atlas oak because it casts shadows on their king’s fortress. Little do they know the Altivarais are courting danger, because the Atlas oak bears the weight of the whole universe . . .
Volume 2, La maison étroite/The Narrow House
The three heroes of The Polar Star return for new and equally bizarre adventures in The Narrow House. This time they are accompanied on their journey by the beautiful Mandrogore-girl with whom The Tree-Man has fallen in love. They leave their peaceful forest for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, where The Tree-Man has been hired as a wood carver. They all end up in a narrow house, a strange place inhabited by even stranger flat-people, who seem to be involved in many odd and disturbing schemes.
The Tree-Man series introduces readers to a new genre developed by Sfar—the Hasidic fantasy tale. The books are a literary feast for the eyes, ears, and mind.
Joann Sfar : Not yet forty, Joann Sfar stands as an icon and a tutelary figure for a whole generation of young cartoonists and graphic authors. He has written or collaborated on over 100 books, and his recent graphic-novel adaptation of Le Petit Prince has sold 100,000 copies in France and is being translated into twenty-three foreign languages. In the United States, he is best known for his children’s books, Little Vampire Goes to School and Little Vampire Does Kung Fu! Sfar was awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at Angoulême for The Rabbi’s Cat. He is also the director of the critically acclaimed biopic about Serge Gainsbourg to be released in Spring 2011 in the United States.