Author(s): Shaun Tan
A stunning companion to Tales from Outer Suburbia, this collection of illustrated short stories is sure to delight Shaun Tan fans of all ages.
The butterflies came at lunchtime.
In the room at the back of our apartment there is a pig, sinking.
The rhino was on the freeway again. We blew our horns in outrage!
Bear with lawyers. It was as simple and terrible as that.
These are just a few of the tantalising opening lines of this new collection of tales from Shaun Tan (which pairs brilliantly with his Tales from Outer Suburbia from 2008). We've been eagerly awaiting this and it does not disappoint.
World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his unique imagination to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals, and our urban coexistence. From butterfly to pig, rhino to bear, this is a dark, surreal yet often funny exploration of the love and destruction we feel and inflict - of how animals can save us, and how our lives are forever entwined, for better or for worse.
Tales from the Inner City is a masterful work, bearing all of Shaun Tan's trademark wit and poignancy in both its prose and exquisite illustrations. You will linger long over both story and illustration.
Shaun Tan grew up in Perth, Western Australia and currently works as an artist, writer and film-maker in Melbourne. He began creating images for science fiction stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through dream-like imagery. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, Tales from Outer Suburbia, The Arrival, Rules of Summer and The Singing Bones, have been enjoyed by readers of all ages, locally and internationally.
Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for Pixar and Blue Sky Studios, and won an Academy Award for the short film adaptation of The Lost Thing. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, in recognition of his services to literature for young people.