The Rabbi's Cat

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The Rabbi's Cat

By Joann Sfar

Pantheon Books, Hardcover, 9780375422812, 142pp.

Publication Date: August 16, 2005

Description
The preeminent work by one of France's most celebrated young comic artists, "The Rabbi's Cat" tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness.
In Algeria in the 1930s, a cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and gains the ability to speak. To his master's consternation, the cat immediately begins to tell lies (the first being that he didn t eat the parrot). The rabbi vows to educate him in the ways of the Torah, while the cat insists on studying the kabbalah and having a Bar Mitzvah. They consult the rabbi's rabbi, who maintains that a cat can t be Jewish but the cat, as always, knows better.
Zlabya falls in love with a dashing young rabbi from Paris, and soon master and cat, having overcome their shared self-pity and jealousy, are accompanying the newlyweds to France to meet Zlabya's cosmopolitan in-laws. Full of drama and adventure, their trip invites countless opportunities for the rabbi and his cat to grapple with all the important and trivial details of life.
Rich with the colors, textures, and flavors of Algeria's Jewish community, "The Rabbi's Cat" brings a lost world vibrantly to life a time and place where Jews and Arabs coexisted and peoples it with endearing and thoroughly human characters, and one truly unforgettable cat.


About the Author
Joann Sfar is a French comic artist and author of "The Rabbi's Cat, ""Little Vampire Goes to School ("a "New York Times" best-seller), and the Eisner Award-winning "Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!" He was awarded the Rene Goscinny Award for young comics in 1998 and has continued to garner international critical praise. He was most recently nominated for a 2007Ignatz Award for Best Series. His original French edition of The Little Prince graphic novel was released in 2007.