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The graphic novelist Hugo Pratt was born in Rimini in Italy. He spent his life between Venice, Argentina, France and Switzerland. He has written at least twenty books in his best known series, Corto Maltese, which has been translated into many languages.
Cuireadh tús leis an tsraith le Port na Farraige Goirt (Una ballata del mare salato), sa chéad eagrán den mhíosachán Il Sergente Kirk i mí Iúil. I 1970, chuaigh Pratt chun cónaithe sa Fhrainc agus thosaigh ag obair ar shraith scéalta gearra Corto Maltese don iris Franca-Bheilgeach Pif Gadget. I 1974 d'fhill sé ar na scéalta fada, agus chuir sé Corto i 1918 go dtí an tSibéir sa scéal Corte sconta detta arcana (Corto Maltese sa tSibéir), a foilsíodh i bhfoirm sraithe ar dtús san iris Linus; agus i 1980 chuir sé Corto ar thuras trasna na hÁise in La casa dorata di Samarcanda (An Teach Órga i Samarkand).
1918: Corto Maltese leaves Hong Kong in search of the treasure train of the Tsars. Accompanied by his comrade, Rasputin, he traverses a world inhabited by soviets and nationalists, armoured trains and biplanes, Cossacks and Triads, heroes and madmen!
1918, The ‘Horn of Africa’ is under British rule. When Captain Bradt, from the King’s African Rifles, shares a terrible secret with Corto, the fort he is garrisoning comes under attack by the ‘Mad Mullah’, the Somalian leader Mahmad...
1921: Corto Maltese leaves the island of Rhodes in search of Persian gold - a treasure hidden by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago. Crossing Turkey and Iran, Corto is called to the aid of his comrade, Rasputin, held in the brutal 'Golden House of Samarkand' prison and, as Turkish and Russian forces battle for control over Turkistan, we're drawn into a world inhabited by soviets and nationalists, devil-worshipers and assassins, actors, soldiers, cowards, heroes and madmen, and an adventure where Corto meets his own double!
The Whole 'Corto Maltese' Collection. All seven books in one bundle: Port na Farraige Goirt, An Teach Órga i Samarkand, Corto sa tSibéir, In Ainm Dé Uilethrócairigh, An Buille Scoir, Na Liopardfhir ó Rifiji, Tóraíocht Eile
Translated by Darach Ó Scolaí into simple colloquial Irish. The classic collection of Corto Maltese will provide hours of reading and dreaming for young and old alike.
1916, Corto aids the bedouin El Oxford rescue the young prince Saoud from a prison in the middle of the desert in Yemen, where he is held captive by his uncle Abdul and the Turkish garrison. They are assisted by Cuis, a young Danikil warrior from the Beni Amer tribe. Although Cuis's ways begin to grate on Corto's nerves his value is greatly appreciated when it comes to blows!
East Africa, 1918, in the Rufiji Delta Lieutenant Tenton and Captain Mac Griogair of the British Army, welcome Corto on board the Königsberg, a German battle cruiser put out of action by the English. Here, Corto comes across a band of the Leopard-Men - a secretive police force who enforce the native law of Africa - and is dragged by into a tale of secret treasure and old questions of honour and vengeance.
1914, somewhere in the southwestern Pacific, Captain Rasputin’s sailing boat comes upon a man strapped to a raft adrift in the ocean: Corto Maltese. Corto and Rasputin are working for the Monk, the mysterious lord of the South Sea pirates — a man who carries a dark secret close to his heart. As England and Germany prepare for the Great War at sea, we’re drawn into an adventure and in a world inhabited by cannibals and battleships, heroes and traitors, friends and madmen, and by a beautiful young woman who would charm the most sea-hardened sailor on ‘The Banks of the Salt Seas’.
Corto and his friend, the Danakil warrior Cuis are travelling in Abbysinia in the Horn of Africa. They visit Cuis's village and hear that Cuis's brother, Rhomah, has been captured by the Christians. He is accused of abducting Fala Mariam, the daughter of Ras Yaqob, chief of the Christian tribe. Marriage between Christians and Muslims is forbidden, and the two tribes are preparing for war!