Shaun Tan’s The Arrival is a graphic novel, in black, white and sepia, drawing inspiration from tales of migrants in past and recent times. The central character is a middle-aged man who arrives in a strange new place and tries to find a place to live, a job and a handle on a new language. He encounters many challenges, all described entirely through visual sequences.

The absence of words emphasises the strangeness of the situation and the loneliness experienced by many migrants, but the ending is full of affirmation and hope, when the wife and son the migrant had to leave behind are finally able to join him in their new homeland.

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ISBN: 9780734406941
Author: Tan, Shaun
Illustrator: Tan, Shaun
Publication date: 12/10/2006
Format: Hardback
Pages: 128