from the April 2007 issue: African Voices
Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan in 1971. At the age of twelve, she was sent with her older brother to study in France under the care of a great-uncle. She now lives in Romainville, a suburb of Paris, where she works as a legal assistant. Aya is her first graphic novel. It taps into Abouet's childhood memories of Ivory Coast in the 1970s, a prosperous, promising time in that country's history, to tell an unpretentious and gently humorous story of an Africa we rarely see--spirited, hopeful and resilient
Translated from French by Helge Dascher
Helge Dascher is the translator of cartoonists David B., Baru, Guy Delisle, Dupuy & Berberian, Loustal, Michel Rabagliati and Stanislas, among others. Releases in 2007 included Aya, the Angoul'me award-winning debut by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie, and White Rapids by Pascal Blanchet. Slated for 2008 are Douglas Wright Award winner Michel Rabagliati's Paul Goes Fishing, as well as Haunted, the latest solo effort by Angoul'me Grand Prix winner Philippe Dupuy, and The Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle (all published by Drawn & Quarterly).