The Green Hand and Other Stories by Nicole Claveloux
Translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith.
Nicole Claveloux contributed to the French comics magazines Métal Hurlant (Heavy Metal) and Ah! Nana, and drew a popular comic strip called Grabote. Championed by Harlin Quist, she has also illustrated a number of successful children’s books, including an award-winning version of Alice in Wonderland. She lives in France.
Daniel Clowes is a cartoonist, illustrator, and screenwriter. He attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and began his career as an underground cartoonist in 1985 with the short-lived comic book series Lloyd Llewellyn. In 1989 he created the influential comic book series Eightball, which includes the celebrated issues Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Caricature, and Ghostworld. Ghostworld was adapted into a film directed by Terry Zwigoff, with a screenplay by Clowes; the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and won two Independent Spirit Awards, among others. Clowes’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, and many other magazines. He received the 2011 PEN Literary Award for Graphic Literature. He lives in Oakland, California.
Donald Nicholson-Smith was born in Manchester, England and is a longtime resident of New York City. He came across Clébert’s Paris insolite as a teenager and has long wished to bring it to an Anglophone audience. Among his many translations are works by Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Henri Lefebvre, Raoul Vaneigem, Antonin Artaud, Jean Laplanche, Guillaume Apollinaire, Guy Debord, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Thierry Jonquet, and (with Alyson Waters) Yasmina Khadra. For NYRB Classics he has translated Manchette’s Fatale and The Mad and the Bad, which won the 28th Annual Translation Prize of the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation for fiction.
This excerpt from The Green Hand and Other Stories is published by permission of the New York Review of Books. Copyright © 2017 Nicole Claveloux. Translation copyright © 2017 Donald Nicholson-Smith.
Published on December 6, 2017.