The Strange


by Jérôme Ruillier

The story of one undocumented immigrant’s journey, told by the people who employ him, feed him, and report on him

Drawn & Quarterly
ISBN: 9781770463172

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The Strange follows an unnamed, undocumented immigrant who tries to forge a new life in a Western country where he doesn’t speak the language. Jérôme Ruillier’s story is deftly told through myriad viewpoints, as each narrator recounts a situation in which they crossed paths with the newly-arrived foreigner. Told with beautiful simplicity, The Strange shows one person’s struggle to adapt while dealing with the often brutal and unforgiving attitudes of the employers, neighbors, and strangers who populate this new land.

Ruillier employs a bold visual approach of colored pencil drawings complemented by a stark, limited palette of red, orange, and green backgrounds. Its beautiful simplicity represents the almost childlike hope and promise that is often associated with new beginnings. But as he implicitly suggests, it’s a promise that can shatter at a moment’s notice when the threat of being deported is a daily and terrifying reality.

160 page two color paperback
Drawn & Quarterly, 2018

Diamond Code: APR181503

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Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6.5 × 0.5 in