Synopses & Reviews
The wait is over: the comic hero from the Roman era who has conquered the world and sold hundreds of millions of copies is back. He's an international phenomenon and a classic.and#160;Asterix, everybody's favorite comic character, has returned, this time in a superb collection of 14 short stories. Set in 50 B.C., these hysterical historical tales follow the adventures of the wily Gallic hero and his friends who protect their town from dastardly Roman legionnaires.and#160;Go right back to the beginning when Asterix and Obelix were born (in the middle of a village fish fight). Find out how Dogmatix helps the village cockerel win a duel and gets adopted as a Roman mascot. Follow the bidding for the very first Gaulish Olympics, fashion trends in ancient Gaul, and Obelix's adventures under the mistletoe. Fans of Asterix will get to see him as they never have before.and#160;
"Wit, humane insights, and physical antics allow readers to join the fun...has cross-generational appeal."--Booklist
A cartoon drawn with such supreme artistry, and a text layered with such glorious wordplay, satire and historical and political allusion that no reader should ever feel like they've outgrown it.--TIME OUT
The Asterix books represent the very summit of our achievement as a literary race. In Asterix one finds all of human life. The fact that the books were written originally in French is no matter. I have read them all in many languages and, like all great literature, they are best in English. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, Asterix's translators since the very beginning, have made great books into eternal flames.--THE TIMES
"Asterix Returns" sees our favourite hero on fine form in this collection of short stories, including 10 short stories by Goscinny and Uderzo and a further 2 brand-new short stories created by Albert Uderzo.
A superb collection of 14 short stories. Go back to the beginning when Asterix and Obelix were born--in the middle of a village fish fight. Find out how Dogmatix helps the village cockerel win a duel, and becomes a Roman mascot. Follow the bidding for the first Gaulish Olympics. Asterix's legion of fans will see him as they never have before.
14 new stories including tales of:
The day Asterix and Obelix were born (in the middle of a village fish fight);
How Obelix goes back to school;
Fashion in Ancient Gaul;
How Dogamatirx helps the village cockerel win a duel;
And how he is adopted as a Roman mascot;
Asterix as you've never seen him before;
Obelix's adventures under the mistletoe;
The bid for the very first Gaulish Olympics;
The birth of an idea - the story of the creation of Asterix;
And much, much more.
About the Author
Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 35 Asterix albums.