Mozart in Paris
By Frantz Duchazeau
Translated by Edward Gauvin
Paperback, 96 pp, $24.99
Paris, April 1778. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrives in the French capital from Salzburg. Paris promises to liberate the 22-year-old from the suffocating grip of his father, and from a city that is unable to accommodate his genius. But there is no grand entrance for the former child prodigy. More comfortable with music than with the intricacies and machinations of Parisian high society, Mozart struggles to find a place for his spontaneity and talent. Drawing on both correspondence and flights of fancy, Frantz Duchazeau's Mozart in Paris shows a prolific, sublime musician butting up against barriers of indifference, tradition and disapproval.
Frantz Duchazeau was born in Angoulême, France, and settled in Paris in 1993. He began his career in the early 1990s working for the French Disney magazine Le Journal de Mickey. He also contributed numerous short stories and a series to the European comics magazine Spirou. He is the author of numerous graphic novels.
"This book shows how difficult it can be to be an artist: it’s hard to earn a living, but it can be even harder to live with the demons that often come with a creative mind, whether it’s insecurity or egomania."— Geekdad
"Duchazeau delivers all this with a fine sense of time and staging."— Slings and Arrows
"Despite Mozart in Paris being a tragedy, this melancholy story is told with great humour, and Duchazeau’s brightly coloured illustrations deftly project this wit."— XS Noise