from the July 2008 issue
From Chaabi (Paris: Futuropolis, 2007). By arrangement with the publisher. Translation copyright 2008 by Edward Gauvin. All rights reserved.
Xavier Delaporte was born in 1967 and lives in Savoy. His first graphic novel, Chaabi, with text by Richard Marazano, was published by Futuropolis in 2007.
Richard Marazano was born in 1971. He lives in the suburbs of Paris. He studied physics and astrophysics before launching his writing career. His books include Zéro absolu drawn by Christophe Bec (3 volumes, Soleil, 1997)); 2000: Dusk, drawn by Christian de Metter (Les Humanoïdes Associés, 2000); Le Bataillon des lâches (Editions Carabas, 2000); the first volume of Cuervos, drawn by Michel Durand (Glénat, 2003). He received the prize for the best scenario at the Angouleme Festival in 2004 and the prize for the best cartoon adapted for the cinema at the Cinema and Literature Festival in Monaco in 2006. In 2007 he published Genetiks, drawn by Jean-Michel Ponzio (Futuropolis); Le complexe du chimpanzé, also drawn by Jean-Michel Ponzio (Dargaud); and Chaabi, drawn by Xavier Delaporte (Futuropolis).
Translated from French by Edward Gauvin
Edward Gauvin has received fellowships and residencies from PEN America, the NEA, the Fulbright program, the Lannan Foundation, and the French Embassy. His work has won the John Dryden Translation prize and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the French-American Foundation and Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prizes. Other publications have appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, Subtropics, World Literature Today, and Weird Fiction Review. The translator of almost 200 graphic novels, he is a contributing editor for comics at Words Without Borders.
Photo credit: Vince Passaro