A delightfully illustrated cult novel, literary satire and epic adventure. 'Within the first 15 pages I was carried away by the sheer craziness of it all. Some Minipirates find a baby bear with blue fur inside a walnut shell floating on the ocean towards a giant whirlpool. They rescue him and teach him about knots and waves, and that a good white lie is often considerably more exciting than the truth. Then, when he outgrows their ship to such an extent that he is in danger of sinking it, they abandon him on an island with a bottle of seaweed juice and a loaf of seaweed bread. Thus Bluebear comes to the end of his first life and embarks on his second. By the end of the book, he has expended exactly half of his 27 lives. Again and again, Moers confounds our expectations as the narrative twists and turns, travels backwards and forwards in time. Part science fiction, part fairy tale, part myth, part epic, the book is a satire on all these genres and so constantly satirises itself. Very amusing' - Daily Telegraph.
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(243mm x 163mm x 52mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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Travel, sci-fi, fantasy, biography and humour dont often come so perfectly packaged. From the introduction of the eponymous ursine captain as a naked infant afloat in a walnut shell its a relentless ride to the cut-off point, halfway through an adventure-packed life that would dazzle the most intrepid explorer. Walter Moerss words and illustrations combine faultlessly to create an addictively daft world. Somewhere in the Atlantic, the crazed landmass of Zamonia and its inhabitants come alive as Bluebears quest takes him east, and each turn of the page reveals yet more surprises. Moerss imagination never lets up and its essential to abandon all preconceptions before escorting the bulky blue hero across deserts made of sugar, past demonic shapeshifting spiders and through the dimensional hiatus. With barely a pause, the story hops from frying pan to fire and back again, as the captain saves himself from countless sticky endings, using ingenuity, imagination and an occasional helping of good fortune. The perfect bedtime story for adults looking for something different, this refreshingly original adventure would appeal to many older children also. Just when it seems hes scaled the pinnacle of bizarre situations, Moers refers yet again to his omnipresent copy of Professor Nightingales Encyclopaediaof Zamonia, and introduces the concept of multi-dimensional space, which is a bit like being everywhere in space and time all at once. But its not quite that simple, and seven brains are needed to fully comprehend the concept. Surreal and psychedelic, unpredictable and immense fun, this is a fabulous world, well worth a visit. And if you follow the scent of a whiff of adventure through this wonderful chaos you'll find yourself wondering when you'll be fortunate enough to learn of Bluebears other 13.5 lives. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Walter Moers
Walter Moers was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter and sculptor. He is the creator of the comic strips The Little Asshole and Adolf and his novels include The 13.5 Lives of Captain Bluebear, The City of Dreaming Books and The Alchemaster's Apprentice. He lives in Hamburg.