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Pierre Maurel
Pierre Maurel
In his English-language debut, Pierre Maurel explores the effects of the global recession through three tales of twenty and thirty-somethings struggling at the bottom of the social ladder.
Taking place in an unspecified city, these stories overlay to create a narrative of low-income, low-expectation McJobs; unemployment; benefit meetings; homelessness; isolation; violent riots and urban decay. In the first story, an unemployed man begins to suspect he is going insane as his everyday life is invaded by visions of sprawling vegetation. Elsewhere, a bookseller being exploited by her unscrupulous manager is debating joining a union the media describes as “local terrorists”. Later, in the same bookstore, a couple find themselves pushed to their limit. But what happens when they try to push back?
Praised for the realism of his characters, Maurel’s cast perfectly exemplify the feelings of betrayal and alienation many feel over the broken promises of the new millennium. All faced with the opportunity to make a difference in their lives, will they accept their situation or attempt to find a new way of living?
Pierre Maurel was born in 1977. He lives and works in Carcassonne, France. Receiving praise for politicised work that explores the social malaise of the 2000s, he is known for his expressive black and white art and realistic dialogue. Departures is his first work to be translated into English, and was part of the official selection for the prestigious Angouléme International Comic Festival in 2009.
Blank Slate Books, paperback with French flaps, 80 pages, published December 2014 



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BLANK SLATE 9781906653279

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