Category Archives: Hergé

Eclipses in Fiction

Two memorable times that fiction appears in fiction are in Mark Twain’s “Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” and Hergé’s Tintin adventure “Prisoners of the Sun.”

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Invoking Tintin to Mourn the Killings

As horror is unleashed in Belgium, people are turning to the country’s most beloved story creation, Hergés Tintin, to cope.

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Lost Cities Spur the Imagination

An amazing Christmas gift–a journey to Machu Piccu–has me reflecting on “lost cities and vanished civilizations.” Selma Lagerlov’s “Adventures of Nils” works into the discussion as well.

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Eclipses in Literature

Yesterday’s lunar eclipse brought to mind a couple of books that mention eclipses.

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