Translator: Sarah Ardizzone
Original language: French
Published by: Barrington Stoke, August 2016
Alpha Coulibaly sets off from his home in Côte d’Ivoire, bound for Paris, where his sister-in-law has a hair salon near the Gare du Nord. Alpha’s wife Patience and son Badian left for Paris months ago, travelling without visas, and he has heard nothing from them since. He carries their photograph close to his heart as he crosses the continent and meets an unforgettable cast of ‘adventurers’ seeking a better life. A timely and important graphic novel, Alpha is presented in first person illustrated diary format and sears the heart.