Hergé, Tintin and the americans book

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Philippe Goddin, a leading expert on the work of Hergé who has
already published the books Hergé, Tintin et les Soviets and
Les Tribulations de Tintin au Congo, now offers us a voyage of discovery
at the heart of the creation of Hergé, which we follow closely even
through the adaptation of his story for a Flemish daily newspaper.
Unpublished and very personal letters sent from the United States during
his two major trips in search of the Indians testify to his great interest
in the people he sought to defend.

After criticising Bolshevism in the Soviet regime and sending Tintin to the Congo in the
footsteps of his compatriots, Hergé sent his young hero to Uncle Sam’s country, where he
was awaited as a saviour.

As a teenager, Hergé was particularly fascinated by the Redskins. But for him in 1930,
America was no longer limited to the ethnic question. In Hergé’s eyes, materialism, the
pursuit of profit and the lack of scruples were shared across the Atlantic by gangsters and
businessmen. They were at least as objectionable as the turpitudes denounced in the
land of the Soviets.

Hergé was only twenty-five years old when he published the most striking page of Tintin
in America: the one where the army forced the Indians from their lands. In doing so, he
set the tone for a future work, driven by constant attention to the rejected, the weak and
the oppressed, the victims of racism and imperialism, the martyrs of the warmongers
and the dictators.

Philippe Goddin knew the creator of Tintin and was for ten years the General Secretary
of the Hergé Foundation before becoming involved in the concept of the Hergé Museum.
Biographer of Hergé (Hergé – Lignes de Vie, Moulinsart, 2007), President of Les Amis de
Hergé, he is the author of numerous books dedicated to the work of Hergé, including the
7 volumes from the collection Hergé – Chronologie d’une oeuvre (Moulinsart, 2000 -2011).
240 pages