Author(s): Shaun Tan
What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.
A stunning paperback edition of The Arrival, one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years.
With this haunting, wordless sequence about a lonely emigrant in a bewildering city, Tan ... finds in the graphic novel format an ideal outlet for his sublime imagination... few will remain unaffected by this timeless stunner. - Publishers Weekly (USA)
His unique ability to capture the heart and soul of a story through images more than proves the truth of the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. - The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
It is a magnificent and timely story of hope and persistence: deeply moving, disturbing and, at the same time, infused with quiet joy and a grand, buoyant openness to experience. - The Monthly (Australia)
An imaginative triumph, and every home should have one. - The Times (UK)
Filled with both subtlety and grandeur, the book is a unique work that not only fulfils but also expands the potential of its form. - Booklist (USA)
an unashamed paean to the immigrant's spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect. - Kirkus Reviews (USA)
a remarkable and skilful work of art - The Sunday Times (UK)
This book should be 'read' by adults and children alike. It's astonishing. - The Bookseller (UK)
Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. Books such as The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and The Arrival have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for films such as Pixar's WALL-E. He is currently directing a short film with Passion Pictures Australia; his most recently published book is Rules of Summer. Shaun is the winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren prize, the world's richest children's literature award. The award described Shaun as 'a masterly visually storyteller'. The Lost Thing animation won an Oscar for the best animated short film.