Asterix and the Banquet (#5)

Author(s): René Goscinny; Albert Uderzo (Illustrator)

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Gaul, now France, has always been famous for its food and drink - so when, for a bet with the Romans, Asterix and Obelix travel round collecting local delicacies they start on the journey home with all sorts of goodies. First, however, they must outwit the thieves Villanus and Unscrupulus. And who's that little dog who has been following them all the way?

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Asterix is the highest-selling book series in the world. Worldwide sales now exceed 320,000,000, outstripping even J K Rowling. Asterix has been translated into 107 languages and dialects. 11,000 web sites devoted to Asterix. Combined UK sales of the last 5 books - 2.2 million copies.

The Asterix books represent the very summit of our achievement as a literary race. In Asterix one finds all of human life. The fact that the books were written originally in French is no matter. I have read them all in many languages and, like all great literature, they are best in English. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, Asterix's translators since the very beginning, have made great books into eternal flames. THE TIMES"

Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 33 Asterix albums. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 33 Asterix albums.

General Fields

  • : 9780752866093
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Orion
  • : April 2004
  • : 287x216mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2004
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : René Goscinny; Albert Uderzo (Illustrator)
  • : 48 Colour Photo\Illu(s)
  • : 48
  • : 741.5944
  • : English
  • : Albert Uderzo
  • : 1117
  • : Paperback