Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume I
Sapiens: A Graphic History is an epic, radical adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari’s bestselling book, bursting with wit, humor, and colorful illustrations. Harari has teamed up with renowned comics artists David Vandermeulen (co-writer) and Daniel Casanave (illustrator), to create a graphic novel series that will captivate those who don’t usually engage with science and history.
Excerpt: Volume I
ABOUT THE BOOK
In Volume 1, The Birth of Humankind, a fictional Yuval invites to take a ride on the wild side of history – accompanied by a whole host of globetrotting characters. Together, they cut through the noise of our information-deluged world, step back, and take a look at the really big picture: the entire history of the human species. At the heart of their explorations is a niggling question: how on Earth did an insignificant ape become the ruler of the planet, capable of splitting the atom, flying to the Moon, and manipulating the genetic code of life?
The graphic format offers readers a new intellectual and artistic exploration of the past. Human evolution is reimagined as a tacky reality TV show. The first encounter between Sapiens and Neanderthals is explored through the masterpieces of modern art. The extinction of the mammoths and saber-toothed tigers is retold as a “whodunit” movie. Come meet the gay Neanderthals, the all-powerful Doctor Fiction, and the world’s worst-ever serial killers – and find out why we are all trapped inside the dreams of dead people!
Collaboration on this book series was facilitated by Sapienship and Albin Michel Publishing (France)