Sapiens: A Graphic History
Sapiens: A Graphic History is an epic, radical adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari’s bestselling book into a graphic novel series; bursting with wit, humor, pop culture references and colourful illustrations. Harari (as co-writer) has teamed up with renowned comics artists, David Vandermeulen (co-writer) and Daniel Casanave (illustrator), to retell the story of humankind in a way that will captivate all adults and young adults – including those who don’t usually read science and history books.
In this series, a fictional Yuval invites us to take a ride on the wild side of history – accompanied by a whole host of globetrotting characters, like his niece Zoe; biologist Prof. Saraswati; the gritty Detective Lopez; and the original superhero, Dr. Fiction. 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 are a couple of niggling questions: 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? And is it possible that we are all trapped inside the dreams of dead people?
Collaboration on this series was facilitated by Sapienship and Albin Michel Publishing (France).
ABOUT Volume 1 – The Birth of Humankind
Volume 1 – The Birth of Humankind, explores the rise of humans over other animals; the spread of Homo sapiens from Africa to the rest of the planet; and the ecological footprints we started leaving behind us as early as 70,000 years ago. 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. And along the way, we meet the gay Neanderthals, the world’s worst-ever serial killers, and Steve Jobs.
ABOUT Volume 2 – The Pillars of Civilization
Volume 2 – The Pillars of Civilization, invites us to find out how wheat took over the world; how an unlikely marriage between a god and a bureaucrat created the first empires; how war, famine, disease, and inequality became a part of the human condition; and why we might only have ourselves to blame. The origins of modern farming are told through Elizabethan tragedy. The changing fortunes of domesticated plants and animals are tracked in the columns of the Daily Business News. Guest appearances are made by Thomas Jefferson, Margaret Thatcher, and John Lennon. And we are left wondering: what if 12,000 years ago, humans fell into a trap that we never managed to escape?