Tag Archive for Anthea Bell

Asterix and the Laurel Wreath

Asterix and the Laurel Wreath by Goscinny & Uderzo; trans. Anthea Bell & Derek Hockridge (Orion, 1974); from Les Lauriers de César (Pilote, 1971) One of Goscinny’s more droll stories (a critique of Imperial Rome as witnessed when Asterix and Obelix sell themselves as slaves) done full justice by Uderzo’s distinctive illustration—exquisite attention to background detail coupled with colourful, caricatured…

Asterix and the Missing Scroll

Asterix and the Missing Scroll by Jean-Yves Ferri; Ill. Didier Conrad; trans. Anthea Bell (Orion, 2015) Apart from somehow not packing quite as much into each story, the new Asterix adventures of Ferri and Conrad are superb in capturing the spirit of Goscinny and Uderzo. Our heroes must reinstate to posterity a chapter excised from Caesar’s Gallic memoirs.    

42 Word Review: Asterix and the Picts by Jean-Yves Ferri & Didier Conrad

Asterix and the Picts by Jean-Yves Ferri & Didier Conrad; trans. Anthea Bell (Orion, 2013) With Albert Uderzo’s retirement after fifty-four years of drawing Asterix, the illustration of this new adventure (to a rather endearing Scotland) is… perfect; nigh on indistinguishable, by Toutatis! The writing, however, continues to lag behind that of co-creator René Goscinny (died 1977).