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Tintin in the New World by Frederic Tuten

Tintin in the New World

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October 2009 Book of the Month.

We all know the stories of Tintin, the reporter extraordinaire so well, but much less well documented is this fascinating fictional glimpse into the mind of the boy reporter. For those who know Tintin through his many adventures, they will know that Tintin is averse to self-examination, is unworldly and trapped in the body and psyche of a teenager. So here in Tintin in the New World, first published some years ago and now thankfully reclaimed by Souvenir Press, Tintin embarks on an adventure that will introduce him to the woman he will love, and come to realise that he has the power to become one with all living things. Not only is it a recognisable portrait of Herge's Tintin but it's also a remarkable literary achievement. Tuten also gained approval from Herge to write this novel.

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Tintin in the New World by Frederic Tuten

The Tintin books have sold over 120 million copies, in 40 languages, and are among the most popular children’s books ever written. Tintin in the New World is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a boy reporter and is encapsulated by a stunning cover image and colour frontispiece specially created by Roy Lichtenstein.

Frederic Tuten is one of America’s greatest experimental writers, yet his work has been overlooked in the UK. Independent Voices exist to reclaim neglected classics that are as relevant today as on their first publication and which need to be kept in print.

The first Tintin movie is on the way, produced by Stephen Spielberg, and will be followed by adaptations of further Tintin Books.


“Frederic Tuten grabs Tintin by his quaff, yanks him out of his celibacy, life and innocence and drops him into sex, death, and experience… A wildly inventive allegorical fantasy, Tintin in the New World is a serious novel hiding behind a comic-book conceit, which is also extremely funny.” The Times

“This strange and memorable novel… its strength lies in its extraordinary use of language, which combines fastidious exactness with a bizarre yet persuasive dreamlike quality.” Jonathan Coe, London Review of Books

“Tuten’s novel offers the reader a pleasure no less keen than that of Herge’s comic albums, although of an entirely different genre. It is a pleasure of the mind, not easily come to, but also worth it once you are there: the pleasure, I suppose, of coming to a new world.” The Believer

“Frederic Tuten is a magician, and in Tintin in the New World he has taken his most ambitious, most inspired journey. I love the way the novel deepens as it goes, the music of it, the sadness, and the inventive humour,” Susan Sontag, author of The Volcano Lover

“The great detectives are not policmen but seekers of truth. It is in this spirit that Tintin tries to solve our greatest mysteries. In his last adventure (or maybe his first), through Frederic Tuten’s beautiful and insightful prose, the little detective explores his mind, his body and the heinous criminality of the twentieth century.” Walter Mosley, author of White Butterfly

“A complex delight… It’s a book with a world in it.” Larry McMurty, author of Lonesome Dove

About the Author

Frederic Tuten teaches at City College, New York. His previous novelsinclude Tallien and Van Gogh's Bad Café.

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7th September 2009


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Souvenir Press Ltd


240 pages


Literary Fiction
Books of the Month

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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