Puts the L into Lotus

04 October 2006

The Adventures of Tintin in the Orient

Considered Hergé's first masterpiece, Tintin's fifth adventure was first published in black-and-white in 1934-1935 as "Tintin en Extreme-Orient" and remade in color in 1946 as "Le Lotus Bleu".

The Blue Lotus was a turning point in Hergé's career, marking a commitment to geographical and cultural accuracy, that would become a Hergé trade mark.

The book is set in China in 1931. At that time Japanese troops were occupying Manchuria, and Shangai was a trading base in China for western nations.

The Blue Lotus is the name of an opium den in Shanghai.

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…Just when you thought it was safe to enter into aggressive dynastic struggles in the orient…