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If the cat's talking about Judaism

Since she's finally back, the chat-like cat from Algiers. Since their first adventure, when she was a parrot swallowed, and thereat of the language, discussed the lean animal with his master, whose beautiful daughter, Zlabya, and the other characters about God and the world, in General, Judaism is at the center.

The Frenchman Joann Sfar became with "The cat of the Rabbi" almost twenty years ago to the Star, together with Lewis Trondheim, David B. and Jean-Christophe Menu, he was regarded as the restorer of the French Comics . However, after five cat books was all of a sudden, Sfar put his multi-million selling series on ice.


If now, after more than a decade, finally replenishment comes, the joy is even greater, as the collection contains three new volumes in German Translation. In "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" expected by the cat adored Zlabya a child, and the Tierahnt instinctively, what that means in terms of attention: no more cuddles. Because you can try it with Pray or, at least, with the Rabbi's argue about what this is supposed to be good.

In "The tower of Bab-El-Oued" is flooded with a mosque and a synagogue which the faithful sail boats to prayer and the discomfort of the cat as a Symbol of all Evil in the throat want. And in "The almond baskets" are you a Catholic who wants to convert her husband for the sake of Judaism. As you are informed about the separation of milk and meat, it is taught, however, the cat on the nonsense of your undertaking.

Typical of the Sfar, one might say, his meandering stories Seriously, and Schalk to carry the same Parts. For example, if the cat teaches: "the God of The Jews is doing everything possible to discourage all of the world. As simple as that." It is a world between Thinking and Eating, between God and Sex, between the dispute and the Action, the Frenchman with his "cat of the Rabbi" throws so jazzy loosely on paper. Where this comic series is only a fraction of what has brought forth this universal artist.

Ebullient passion, which relates to the Tell between biography and fiction.

Joann Sfar, 1971 in nice, born in Paris, played Comics of all genres, he creates funny vampires, writes children's books, made ambitious biographies of artists. Particularly popular in the German - speaking world with anthropomorphic animals stocked fantasy parody "Donjon", which designed Sfar, together with Lewis Trondheim and about forty comic volumes from the three time main and three side branches.


But then, cartoons, diaries, columns and radio broadcasts (Sfar said on France Inter every day in four minutes of a work of art). He wrote a novel that was received more critically ("The Eternal"), and he shot the feature film "Gainsbourg (vie héroïque)", he is adding to the French singer around with fictitious fables and fantasy characters, as well as a brick-thick Comic documentary called "Gainsbourg (hors champ)" added.

Sfars immense urge to create is Testament to exuberant passion, in what relates to the Tell between biography and fiction. Sometimes up to ten comic book volumes per year. This Veröffentlichungswut, however, has died a sad Background: The mother of the author, as he was not yet four years old. They told him at the time, she went on trips. Feel him have reduced this unbearable secret to the Status of a pet – and, later on, to story-driven, says Sfar.

In his work the mother is not, but in his perhaps most personal Comic book – the first volume of "The cat of the Rabbi" – he tells a parable: As the chatty cat is dreaming that the beautiful Zlabya was sick and one day disappear. The desperate animal it is said that Zlabya is gone to travel, and hopes and fears for years, and that they may come back. To him, the Rabbi confided the truth: "she's dead." It Joann Sfars is a private nightmare that he has brought here just as fascinating as sad.

Joann Sfar: The cat of the Rabbi. Anthology 3. Avant-Verlag, Berlin 2019. 200 S., approximately 52 Fr.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 01.04.2019, 21:11 PM

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