Monsieur Lambert

Classic graphic novel with text and pictures by Jean-Jacques Sempé

Written and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé


Price: USD$14.95



  • A gentle and unmistakably French graphic novel with text and pictures by Jean-Jacques Sempé
  • A glimpse of the everyday lives and secret passions of the regulars in a small Parisian bistro captured perfectly through Sempé's perceptive illustrations and the finely judged translation provided by Anthea Bell
  • When Monsieur Lambert does not turn up for lunch at his usual time, the other regulars speculate that he must have met a woman. The diners start discussing women they have loved and lost, thereby revealing unexpected facets of their lives and personalities
  • The restaurant and its regulars are vividly brought to life in a series of drawings which, together with handwritten dialogue bubbling in a laconic narrative, display Sempé's signature unerring eye and ear for the telling details of human behaviour
  • Translated from the French by award-winning translator Anthea Bell
  • A classic, first published in 1965, is now available in English for the first time


About the author(s)
Jean-Jacques Sempé (b.1932) is one of the world's most successful illustrators and cartoonists. He is the illustrator of the classic children's-book character, Nicholas, and author of a collection of some thirty albums of his cartoons and graphic novels, all published or to be published by Phaidon. His world-renowned illustrations and cartoons are featured on the cover of the New Yorker and in Paris Match.


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