The Arrival

Author: Shaun Tan

Language: it is a graphic novel, no written descriptions, just pictures

SummaryThe Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope. Source:


    • Teen and young adult emigration and immigration fiction…but not only..

Reader’s review: A story that every expat will find familiar, told in pictures. The pain of leaving loved ones, the loneliness of the journey, the hope, the confusion of an unfamiliar place, the joy of making a new friend. Shaun Tan is able to express all those feelings with his beautiful pictures (Barbara).

Link: Find it on Amazon

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