Highs and Lows (DOCUMENTS)

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In the sixth album of his illustrations and cartoons to be published by Phaidon, Jean-Jacques Sempé focuses his attention on the contradictions, absurdities and dichotomies of modern life. First published in France in 1970 and now available in English for the first time, Highs and Lows will appeal to cartoon connoisseurs and general audiences alike.

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"Sempé goes about showing us up with great good nature. ... his drawing is consistently delightful."―Anthea Bell, Sunday Telegraph

"Drawings [that] are eloquent in every language."―Quentin Blake, The Week

"[Sempé] is, par excellence, the master of the panoramic cartoon... Captions [...] have been brilliantly translated by Anthea Bell... There are many talented French cartoonists. [...] [Sempé] is the most universal... Sempé cartoons are a kind of illustrative haiku. In such small space he conveys a great amount of meaning... An infinite delight in the complexity and ambivalence – and the humour – of the everyday and the ordinary."―The Independent

"[Sempé] started life as a journeyman cartoonist, drawing single gags. From there he has gradually broadened out and blossomed, acquiring colour and boldness and breadth, until it is hard to call him anything but an artist... You can’t really lose with Sempé."―The Spectator

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Most famous in the English-speaking world for his instantly recognizable "New Yorker" covers, Jean-Jacques Sempe has delighted readers in France and beyond with his witty drawings and keen eye for the finer points of the human condition for over 40 years. Now, his sharply observed and beautifully drawn cartoons are available in English for the first time. The pithy captions were translated from the original French by Anthea Bell, who also translated the Asterix comics into English.

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