GRAPHIC NOVEL / 144 pages
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Rights sold: Italian (Coconino Press, 2022), French (Dargaud, 2022).
It’s the late 1990s, and Teresa, a young Italian suffering from insomnia and a generally fragile state of mind, has just arrived in Berlin with a grant to help organize an exhibit of Tutankhamen’s treasure. Though she finds support in Ruben, a fellow Italian expat, she struggles to stay afloat. Her one anchor is reading Howard Carter’s book about his discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922, finding solace in the Egyptologist’s writing and the thought of that noble young pharaoh resting undisturbed for three thousand years.
From Egypt’s magnificent past to the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in modern times, through the seedy streets of 1990s Berlin and the attacks of September 11, 2001, this sweeping graphic masterpiece by Manuele Fior explores time and history against the backdrop of one couple’s complex destiny.
Hypericon won the award for the best screenplay at Comicon Naples 2023.