Nicolas Mahler

In Search Of Lost Time. Adapted from Marcel Proust - Graphic Novel

Nicolas Mahler
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Nicolas Mahler, born in 1969, lives in Vienna where he works as a comic artist and illustrator. His comic strips and cartoons have been published by newspapers and magazines such as DIE ZEIT, NZZ am Sonntag, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and Titanic. He has received numerous awards for his extensive oeuvre, including the 2010 Max and Moritz Prize for »Best German-Language Comic Artist« and the 2015 Preis der Literaturhäuser.

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Opulent storytelling meets reduced stroke


Marcel Proust’s Recherche is one of the most important French novels, if not the most important – reading it can be life changing. Nicolas Mahler’s comic is not a retelling, not a shortened version of Proust’s monumental oeuvre, but rather a surprisingly funny picture narrative, disrespectful and at the same time completely permeated by Proustian spirit. And so this ‘Search Of Lost Time’ becomes a dense picture stream through time and space, a brilliant complex house of mirrors of Proustian motives and perceptions.


»Mahler has managed to create something quite distinctive from the original – and has found Proust’s wit.« Jan Fischer, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

»A magical book for Proust lovers and future Proust readers to whom the density of his works seemed horribly off putting until now. Mahler creates a wonderful introduction into the great Frenchman’s works. Brilliant!« Frank Willmann, Kulturexpresso

Other publications

Ulysses/Ulysses (2020)

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Partyspaß mit Kant/Party Fun With Kant (2015)

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Der Weltverbesserer/The World-Fixer (2014)

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Czech Republic (Archa)

Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften/The Man Without Qualities (2013)

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English world rights (Seagull), Spanish world rights (Salamandra), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon), Italy (Edizioni Clichy), Czech Republic (Archa)

Gedichte/Poems (2013)

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Alice in Sussex/Alice in Sussex (2013)

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Alte Meister/Old Masters (2011)

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English world rights (Seagull), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon), France (L'Association), Poland (Proszynski) Czech Republic (Archa); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Spanish world rights (Sinsentido)