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Breathtaking debut

Wanderer

Peter Van den Ende

A paper boat is launched in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It makes a long journey, meeting the strangest of beings, passing between towering mangroves and braving a devastating storm. It sails past a huge oil rig, plays with seals, is saved from sinking by a submarine and ends up at a city, where its passenger steps out onto a jetty.

Wonderfully strange and strangely wonderful, 'Wanderer' is an epic dream captured in superbly meticulous detail.
Shaun Tan

In ‘Wanderer’, his debut, Peter Van den Ende presents a wordless spectacle of pure imagination. He brings a weird and wonderful world to life in black and white, a world populated by lush plants and highly improbable creatures. He uses intensive crosshatching and works in such detail that it is no surprise to discover that he spent several years working on the book. His style, with its extravagant flights of fancy and its peculiar cities, is reminiscent of the work of Shaun Tan. This mythical journey is a wonderful allegory of life.

Peter van den Ende is not a rising star, he is a comet speeding across the firmament of Flemish illustrators.
Klaas Verplancke