Rabbi’s cat

The Rabbi’s Cat is the story of a speaking cat living in Alger in the beginning of 20th century. He can speak since he ate the house parrot.
Rabbi forbid then him to see his daughter Zlabya because the cat tells only lies or hurtful truths. In order to see again his mistress the rabbi’s cat asks then to do his Bar Mitzvah.
Through all the albums, the cat will loose and find back his ability to speak. Sometime he will be only able to speak with other animals or just few people like the Russian painter.
He is the narrator of the story. With him, we discover Algerian Jewish culture. He observes with lot of criticism behaviour of humans surrounding him. He will travel to Paris for meeting Jules (Zlabya husband) parents, or through Africa for finding Jerusalem of Africa.

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The preeminent work by one of France’s most celebrated young comics artists, The Rabbi’s Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat–a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness.
In Algeria in the 1930s, a cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and gains the ability to speak. To his master’s consternation, the cat immediately begins to tell lies (the first being that he didn’t eat the parrot). The rabbi vows to educate him in the ways of the Torah, while the cat insists on studying the kabbalah and having a Bar Mitzvah. They consult the rabbi’s rabbi, who maintains that a cat can’t be Jewish–but the cat, as always, knows better.
Zlabya falls in love with a dashing young rabbi from Paris, and soon master and cat, having overcome their shared self-pity and jealousy, are accompanying the newlyweds to France to meet Zlabya’s cosmopolitan in-laws. Full of drama and adventure, their trip invites countless opportunities for the rabbi and his cat to grapple with all the important–and trivial–details of life.
Rich with the colors, textures, and flavors of Algeria’s Jewish community, The Rabbi’s Cat brings a lost world vibrantly to life–a time and place where Jews and Arabs coexisted–and peoples it with endearing and thoroughly human characters, and one truly unforgettable cat.

About the Author:
Considered one of the brightest and most talented of the younger generation of French comics artists, Joann Sfar has written or collaborated on more than one hundred books for adults and children. He has worked with some of the best young artists in France, including Christophe Blain, Emmanuel Guibert, and Lewis Trondheim. In the United States he is best known for his children’s books, Little Vampire Goes to School, which made The New York Times best-seller list, and Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!, which was nominated for an Eisner Award. Sfar was awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at Angoulême for The Rabbi’s Cat. He lives in Paris with his wife, two children, and the model for the rabbi’s cat.

Weight 390 g
Dimensions 24 × 17 × 1 cm
Script by

Joann Sfar

Art by

Joann Sfar

ISBN

978-2-902064-14-4

Format

170×240 mm

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