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Paul at Home is Michel Rabagliati’s most personal book yet, exploring aging, alienation, and how our roles as parents and children change over a lifetime. This excerpt shows Paul after a visit with his ailing mother, returning to to his empty home, which has been left bare after a life-altering divorce.
Characterized by both a deep insight and a willingness to poke fun at life’s shortcomings (as well as life’s aggressive neighbors), Paul at Home is a playful and poetic rumination on loss and the sometimes unsettling changes that come with middle age.

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From Paul at Home. Copyright Michel Rabagliati, translation copyright Helge Dascher. Images courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.

Michael Rabagliati
Michael Rabagliati
Michel Rabagliati was born in 1961 in Montreal. Since 1999, he has become a key figure in Quebec and beyond for his graphic novels starring the titular character Paul against the backdrop of Montreal. His sixth book in the series, Paul à Québec, earned the Prix du Public at the Angoulême International Comics Festival and was also made into a feature film. Translated into six languages, Rabagliati’s comics have won two Doug Wright Awards for Best Book and a Harvey Award. In 2017, Rabagliati was made a Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec, a distinction awarded in recognition of his contributions to the vitality and influence of Quebec culture.





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