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The Blue Lotus
(Le Lotus bleu)


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Publisher Casterman
Date 1936
Series The Adventures of Tintin (Les aventures de Tintin)
Creative team
Writer(s) Hergé
Artist(s) Hergé
Original publication
Published in Le Petit Vingtième
Date(s) of publication August 9, 1934 - October 17, 1935
Language French
ISBN ISBN 2-203-00104-6
Translation
Publisher Methuen
Date 1983
ISBN ISBN 1-4052-0616-0
Translator(s) Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner
Chronology
Preceded by Cigars of the Pharaoh, 1934
Followed by The Broken Ear, 1937

The Blue Lotus (Le Lotus bleu), first published in 1936, is one of The Adventures of Tintin, a series of classic comic-strip albums written and illustrated by Hergé featuring young reporter Tintin as a hero. It is the second half of a story, the first half being told in Cigars of the Pharaoh. The Blue Lotus is considered to be a pivotal work in Hergé's career, marking a newfound commitment to geographical and cultural accuracy. Casterman is an a publishing company in Tournai, Belgium, mostly famous as the publisher of graphic novels, among which Tintin. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The main characters and others from The Castafiore Emerald, one of the later books The Adventures of Tintin (French: ) is a series of Belgian comic books created by Belgian artist Hergé, the pen name of Georges Remi (1907–1983). ... Georges Remi (May 22, 1907 – March 3, 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist. ... Georges Remi (May 22, 1907 – March 3, 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist. ... Le Petit Vingtième (The Little Twentieth) was the weekly youth supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle (The Twentieth Century) from 1928 to 1940. ... August 9 is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 17 is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Methuen Publishing Ltd is a British publishing house, and publishes in the areas of theatre and drama. ... Cigars of the Pharaoh (Les Cigares du pharaon) is one of The Adventures of Tintin, a series of classic comic-strip albums, written and illustrated by Hergé, featuring young reporter Tintin as a hero. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Broken Ear (LOreille cassée) is one of the The Adventures of Tintin, a series of classic comic-strip albums, written and illustrated by Belgian writer and illustrator Hergé, featuring young reporter Tintin as a hero. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The main characters and others from The Castafiore Emerald, one of the later books The Adventures of Tintin (French: ) is a series of Belgian comic books created by Belgian artist Hergé, the pen name of Georges Remi (1907–1983). ... Georges Remi (May 22, 1907 – March 3, 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist. ... Tintin and Snowy (Tintin et Milou) Tintin and Snowy (original French language names: Tintin et Milou), a journalist and his canine companion, are a pair of adventurers who travel around the world in The Adventures of Tintin, a series of comic books drawn and written by the Belgian cartoonist Georges... Cigars of the Pharaoh (Les Cigares du pharaon) is one of The Adventures of Tintin, a series of classic comic-strip albums, written and illustrated by Hergé, featuring young reporter Tintin as a hero. ...

Contents

Synopsis

In Cigars of the Pharaoh, Tintin pursued an international group of drug distributors through the Middle and Far East. He managed to catch them all, except for the leader, who fell down a ravine. His body was not found. In order to unravel more of the network and stop the opium production at the source, Tintin travels to Shanghai, a major city-port in China, where he is eagerly awaited by the assassins of the opium consortium. A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... The far east as a cultural block includes East Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and South Asia. ... This article does not adequately cite its references. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


However, the attempts on Tintin's life are foiled by a young Chinaman who is later struck by Rajaijah juice, the poison of madness, used by the opium gang.


While in Shanghai, Tintin meets Mitsuhirato, a Japanese businessman, who urges him to return to India and protect his friend the Maharajah. The Adventures of Tintin has several minor characters: General Alcazar General of the army of San Theodoros, Alcazar switches with comedic frequency between being president of the country and leading a rebellion to battle the government led by his arch-rival General Tapioca. ...


Tintin also helps a young chinese boy against a racist bully Gibbons, a friend of Dawson, the corrupt police chief of the Shanghai International Settlement. Gibbons and Dawson set about making life difficult for the young man. The Adventures of Tintin sports a vast array of secondary and tertiary characters. ... The Adventures of Tintin sports a vast array of secondary and tertiary characters. ... This article or section needs to be wikified. ...


Tintin is on his way back to India by ship when he is kidnapped and taken ashore. He wakes up in the home of Wang Chen-Yee, the leader of a brotherhood called "The Sons of the Dragon" dedicated to the fight against opium. Wang's son is the young man who helped save him on two occasions but is now insane. He goes about threatening to cut people's heads off with a sword and only his father's stern authority can keep him in check. Wang Chen-Yee Wang Chen-Yee is a fictional character from the Adventures of Tintin series of classic comic books drawn and written by Hergé. His only appearance is in The Blue Lotus in which he plays an important part. ...


Wang also reveals that Mitsuhirato is a major villain: a Japanese secret agent and drug smuggler. Tintin follows Mitsuhirato and sees him blowing up a railway line (this is based on the real-life Mukden Incident). No one is killed and damage is minor, but it is beaten up into a major Chinese terrorist incident and used as a pretext for a Japanese invasion of Manchuria. It has been suggested that Manchuria Incident be merged into this article or section. ...


Having obtained a sample of the poison of madness, Tintin tries to make contact with Doctor Fan Se-Yeng, an expert of insanity, who he thinks will cure Wang's son. However, Doctor Fan has been kidnapped by the opium gang, presumably to prevent him from doing this.


Tintin rides a train to Hukow, but a flood washes the tracks, and all the passengers must disembark. He rescues a young boy from drowning, Chang Chong-Chen. They become fast friends, and Chang rescues Tintin from the Thompsons who had reluctantly arrested him under orders. Zhang Chongren Zhang Chongren or Chang Chung-jen 张充仁 (1907 - 1998), is a Chinese artist and sculptor best remembered as the friend of Herg , the Belgian comics writer and artist. ... Thomson and Thompson (Dupont et Dupond) This wooden toy depicts Thompson, albeit without his characteristic bowler hat. ...


Wang and his family are kidnapped by Mitsuhirato. In order to find them, Tintin hides in one of the barrels on an opium ship. But it turns out that he was seen, and when he emerges he is confronted by Mitsuhirato armed with a gun. Then the boss of the opium cartel is revealed to be Rastapopoulos (see Cigars of the Pharaoh for back story). Tintin is incredulous that this man he thought was a friend could be the gang leader until Rastapopoulos reveals on the tattoo of Kih-Osk on his forearm. However, the The Sons of the Dragon had previously overpowered Mitsuhirato's thugs and had hidden in the other barrels, revealed themselves, shot the gun out of a crook's hand, had guns pointed at all the other crooks, who had to surrender. Rastapopoulos, in cowboy outfit from Flight 714 Roberto Rastapopoulos from The Adventures of Tintin series of classic comic books drawn and written by Hergé, is a Greek American tycoon (also known under fake name Marquis di Gorgonzola); he was apparently partly inspired by the Greek shipping tycoon Onassis. ... Cigars of the Pharaoh (Les Cigares du pharaon) is one of The Adventures of Tintin, a series of classic comic-strip albums, written and illustrated by Hergé, featuring young reporter Tintin as a hero. ...


The title, Blue Lotus, refers to the name of an opium den, itself a reference to the blue lotus. Binomial name Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. ...


Method change

Up to the writing of The Blue Lotus, Hergé's writing was mainly based on popular prejudice and on what his mentor, the abbot Norbert Wallez, had told him. Abbots coat of arms The word abbot, meaning father, has been used as a Christian clerical title in various, mainly monastic, meanings. ...


As Tintin was published in Le Petit Vingtième, a newspaper supplement, and Hergé announced at the end of Cigars that his next setting would be China, Father Gosset, the chaplain to the Chinese students at the University of Leuven, wrote to Hergé urging him to be sensitive about what he wrote about China, being afraid his Chinese students could be shocked by some prejudice against their people. Hergé agreed, and in the spring of 1934 Gosset introduced him to Zhang Chongren/Chang Ch'ung-jen (known to Hergé as 'Chang Chong-chen'), a young sculpture student at the Brussels Académie des Beaux-Arts. The two young artists quickly became close friends, and Zhang introduced Hergé to Chinese history, culture, and the techniques of Chinese art. Le Petit Vingtième (The Little Twentieth) was the weekly youth supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle (The Twentieth Century) from 1928 to 1940. ... The Catholic University of Leuven, founded in 1425, is now the names of two Belgian universities, after the original university split in 1968: the Dutch-speaking Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, and the French-speaking Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium This is a disambiguation page — a... Zhang Chongren Zhang Chongren or Chang Chung-jen (张充仁, 1907 - 1998), was a Chinese artist and sculptor best remembered in Europe as the friend of Hergé, the Belgian comics writer and artist. ... The Académie des beaux-arts (Academy of Fine Arts) is a French learned society. ... China is the worlds oldest continuous major civilization, with written records dating back about 3,500 years and with 5,000 years being commonly used by Chinese as the age of their civilization. ... Chinese culture has roots going back over five thousand years. ... // A Thousand Peaks and Myriad Ravines by Wang Hui, 1693. ...


As a result of this experience, Hergé would strive in The Blue Lotus, and in subsequent Tintin adventures, to be meticulously accurate in depicting the places which Tintin visited. He reached this meticulousness by painstakingly researching all his topics. When his UK publisher complained that The Black Island depicted an old-fashioned England, Hergé sent Bob de Moor across the North-Sea to redraw anything that was no longer accurate, resulting in huge changes to the album. This new-found commitment to accuracy would become a Hergé trade mark. The Black Island (LIle Noire) is a one of a series of classic comic-strip albums, written and illustrated by Belgian writer and illustrator Hergé, featuring young reporter Tintin as a hero. ... Bob de Moor is the pen name of Robert Frans Marie De Moor (1925-1992), a Belgian comic artist born in Antwerp who died in 1992 in Brussels. ... A contemporary transnational Euroregion encompasses the North Sea countries. ...


As a token of appreciation, he added a fictional "Chang" ("Tchang" in French) to The Blue Lotus, a young Chinese boy who meets and befriends Tintin. Hergé mocks his own naïveté deep inside the album, when he tries to let Tintin explain to Chang that Chang's fear for the 'white devils' is based on prejudice. He then recites a few Western stereotypes of the Chinese.


Political turmoil

As another result of his friendship with Zhang (Chang), Hergé became increasing aware of the problems of colonialism, in particular the Japanese Empire's advances into China. The Blue Lotus carries a bold anti-imperialist message. Tintin also rescues a Chinese boy from a racist bully Gibbons, who was a good friend of Dawson, the corrupt Police chief of the exploitive Shanghai International Settlement. It has been suggested that Benign colonialism be merged into this article or section. ... Anti-imperialism is a current within the political left advocating the collapse of imperialism. ... Dawson may refer to: // Dawson City, Yukon, Canada Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada Dawson Island, Chile Dawson, Alabama, United States Dawson, Georgia, United States of America Dawson, Illinois, United States of America Dawson, Iowa, United States of America Dawson, Minnesota, United States of America Dawson, Nebraska, United States of America... This article or section needs to be wikified. ...


Tintin is a direct witness to the South Manchurian railway incident (Mukden incident), Japan's excuse to attack and occupy China and start the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Japanese and some European characters are portrayed as brutal and evil, and their cartoon forms are somewhat racist. Japanese characters like Mitsuhirato and the soldiers are shown with beaming teeth, while the Chinese are shown as tight-lipped. As a result, it drew sharp criticism from various parties, including a protest by Japanese diplomats to the Belgian Foreign Ministry. However, the passage of time has since vindicated Hergé's criticism of Japan's occupation.[citation needed] The South Manchuria Railway Company (Japanese: 満鉄); Mantetsu) was a company founded by Japan in 1906, after the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), and operated in Japanese-occupied Manchuria. ... It has been suggested that Manchuria Incident be merged into this article or section. ... Combatants Republic of China Empire of Japan Commanders Chiang Kai-shek, Chen Cheng, Yan Xishan, Feng Yuxiang, Li Zongren, Xue Yue, Mao Zedong, Peng Dehuai Fumimaro Konoe, Hideki Tojo, Matsui Iwane, Jiro Minami, Kesago Nakajima, Toshizo Nishio, Yasuji Okamura, Umezu Yoshijiro Strength 5,600,000 4,100,000 (including 900... The Adventures of Tintin has several minor characters: General Alcazar General of the army of San Theodoros, Alcazar switches with comedic frequency between being president of the country and leading a rebellion to battle the government led by his arch-rival General Tapioca. ...


The Republic of China was so pleased with the album that its leader at the time, Chiang Kai-shek, invited Hergé for a visit. However, because of the Tintin's ideology, the People's Republic of China forbade the publication of the album for a long time. When it finally allowed publication in 1984, some pictures of the examples of Western prejudice were altered or even taken out completely. Motto Three Principles of the People (三民主義 San-min Chu-i) Anthem National Anthem of the Republic of China Capital Taipei (de facto)  Nanking (de jure)1  Largest city Taipei Official languages Mandarin (GuóyÇ”) Government Semi-presidential system  -  President Chen Shui-bian  -  Vice President Annette Lu  -  Premier Chang Chun-hsiung... Chiang Kai-shek (Chinese: 蔣介石 or 蔣中正, October 31, 1887 – April 5, 1975) was a Chinese military and political leader who assumed the leadership of the Kuomintang (KMT) after the 1925 death of Sun Yat-sen. ... Comments about Hergé and ideology. ...


Publication history

This adventure was originally published under the name Tintin en Extrême-Orient (literally "Tintin in the Far East").


The original version of The Blue Lotus was published in black-and-white in Le Petit Vingtième in 1934. It was later redrawn and colourised in 1946. Le Petit Vingtième (The Little Twentieth) was the weekly youth supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle (The Twentieth Century) from 1928 to 1940. ...


Many scenes that appeared in the original 1934 version were left out in 1946. They included:

  • The fakir who performs tricks with glass and daggers and reads Tintin's palm is named as Cipacalouvishni.
  • As the fakir warns him of the dangers to come, Tintin looks distinctly more nervous in the 1934 version than in 1946.
  • After firing the dart into the neck of the Chinaman at the Maharaja's palace, the fakir from Cigars of the Pharaoh can be seen hurrying away through the jungle.
  • Tintin then tells the Maharaja that he will not leave for China until he knows the fakir is back in custody. They later receive a telegram announcing his recapture. Tintin, who has lost Snowy, decides to leave without him (this decision was changed in later versions).
  • When Tintin is jailed after bumping into a Sikh policeman, Dawson sends three tough men in to beat him up. In the original version they are British soldiers, from England, Ireland and Scotland. Instead of Tintin, it is they who end up in hospital where an official pays tribute for their "sacrifice in the defence of their ideals" !
  • While watching a newsreel in a cinema, Tintin sees footage of Sir Malcolm Campbell breaking the world land speed record in Bluebird.
  • While searching the cellar of the Blue Lotus, Tintin opens a door and he and Chang come face-to-face with yet another gangster. Tintin tells Chang to follow his example, raise his arms and put down his gun. When the gangster bends down to pick up the guns, Tintin slams the door onto him, knocking him out. Chang then ties him up with rope.

Religions Sikhism Scriptures Guru Granth Sahib Languages English, Punjabi and Hindi A Sikh( or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is an adherent to Sikhism. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2006 estimate... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II... Sir Malcolm Campbell (born March 11, 1885 in Chislehurst, Kent, England - died December 31, 1948) gained the world speed record on Land and on Water at various times during the 1920s and 1930s using vehicles called Bluebird. ...

Fictional countries

This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the continent. ... Forms of government Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A republic is a form of government maintained by a state or country whose sovereignty is based on popular consent and whose governance is based on popular representation and control. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The French Third Republic, (in French, La Troisième République, sometimes written as La IIIe République) (1870/75-10 July 1940) was the governing body of France between the Second French Empire and the Vichy Regime. ... A newsreel is a documentary film that is regularly released in a public presentation place containing filmed news stories. ... For the uses of Consul as Chief Magistrate of a (city) state, see Consul. ...

External links

  • The Blue Lotus at Tintinologist.org

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The results indicated that the flower’s properties were identical: the living blue lotus was the same flower that the ancients had revered; and the chemical properties of that flower were those of such popular remedies as ginseng and gingo biloba and that famous blue pill, Viagra.
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