[Entracte] L’Assommoir version 2022, a successful comic book adaptation

We will surely find some grumpy purists to challenge the right of a trio of authors (Emmanuel Moynot on the drawing, Mathieu Solal and Xavier Bernoud on the screenplay) to adapt L’Assommoir, the novel by Emile Zola, into a comic strip. By daring to transpose the story of the seamstress victim of men who love alcohol too much to contemporary times, the trio does not help her case.

We could retort to the grumpy that comics have become an art in the same way as cinema, where Zola’s novel had become a great film by René Clément. Or remind them of some academic adaptations, bordering on firefighters, which served the writer, when this comic succeeds in its bet without betraying Zola. But you have to deal with purists as with angry children: ignore them, any argument putting money back into the ratiocination machine, on the theme “the poor were better before”.

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