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Book of the week: ALTITUDE by Jean-Marc Rochette and Olivier Bocque

Altitude has been published in the UK by SelfMadeHero with the support of the Institut français du Royaume-Uni via our Burgess Translation Programme.

From the co-creator of Snowpiercer, Altitude offers an exhilarating, autobiographical account of writer and artist Jean-Marc Rochette’s early life as a mountain climber. Together with co-writer Olivier Bocquet, they recount Jean-Marc’s passion for mountain climbing as a teenager, from when he discovered how the Alps held an escape for him at a formative time in his life, to the realisation that this frozen playground can also be a place of danger and fatal beauty. Set against the backdrop of the terrifying but magnificent natural beauty of the French Alps, Altitude is an impassioned tale of how physical endurance can help scale dreams and mountain peaks.

Jean-Marc Rochette is a French painter and illustrator. He is one half of the creative force behind the best-selling Snowpiercer, which was adapted into film by Oscar-nominated director Boon Joon-ho (Parasite) and starring Chris Evans (Captain America, Avengers: Endgame), and a soon-to-be released TV series from Netflix.

Read an interview with Jean-Marc Rochette here.

As part of 2020 Année de la Bande dessinée.

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