Alongside the investigations of Inspector Maigret, Georges Simenon is famous for his “hard-boiled” novels. In them, the Belgian novelist describes the destinies of men and women in a sharp, precise style. Many comic strip authors have dreamed of adapting these masterpieces.
Le Passager du Polarlys (Ed. Dargaud) is the first title in an ambitious collection tackling this literary continent. A maritime huis clos, a sort of Death on the Nile in the icy seas of Norway. “But unlike Agatha Christie, Simenon doesn’t sprinkle his story with clues for clever readers. His resolution is always psychological,” explains scriptwriter José-Louis Bocquet.
Christian Cailleaux is the obvious choice for the drawings. Working alone or in collaboration with Bernard Giraudeau, this artist has published a number of stories on the themes of the sea, women and travel. His evocative, carnal style is in itself an invitation to travel. Ultimately, the Bocquet-Cailleaux duo masterfully capture the human fabric of Simenon’s tale.
Galerie Champaka is privileged to present, exclusively, the sumptuous cover, evocative plates from the 1930s and refined pencils from Le Passager du Polarlys.