The Arrival

The Arrival by Shaun Tan cover, a man with a suitcase speaking to a small  monster

The Arrival

Written and illustrated by Shaun Tan

South Melbourne, Lothian Books, 2006

9" x 12"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

An Australian artist of Chinese heritage, Shaun Tan adds a phantasmagorical dimension to the classic scenario of an immigrant's bittersweet departure from his home country and his arrival in a strange new land. In this wordless, comics-style narrative, rows of small sepia-tone drawings of colossal cities and looming beasts suggest images preserved in an old photo album-documentary proof, Tan implies, of an experience so unsettling that it must be seen to be believed.


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