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From Fernando Salazar

As a Cpt Haddock fan I am most pleased with your site. Since you invite comments i suggest you have a look at this page:

My French is very basic but it seems that a author called Emile Brami wrote a book about a chap called Louis-Ferdinand Céline stating the Herge's earlier "jurons" were based on a famous anti semite phamplet intitled: "Bagatelles pour un massacre". Apparently this piece of lunacy was banned after the WWII.

The author goes on to say that the Herge's work on "The Crab", Cpt Haddock triumphant debut, was comtemporaneus to that phamplet. In addition, she (Emile is male or female?!) says (as far as I could understant) that 14 out of 35 non-nautical "jurons" were in Céline's phamplet.

There was also mention to the racist nature of certain "jurons" and so on...

While as a incipient Tintinologist I enjoy any piece of information regarding various sources of influence in Herge's work I am unaffected by the ocasional spike of political correctness fever (?!) that aflicts the media when it comes to Herge's early work.

As it is exactly Herge's acute sensibility and love for all that is genuinely human, be it weakness or virtues, that made him a very special author. He was able to mine precious gems of human behaviour out of a horrible time during which he lived.

David Brooks responds:

Dear Fernando: Well, I completely agree with you. First of all, it's all speculation and it certainly shouldn't change anyone's perceptions about Hergé. I've heard that Haddock's curse "fuzzy-wuzzy!" refers to the curly hair of the black people he's screaming at. Not very politically correct, but what difference does it make? Van Gogh and Shakespeare have both been accused of being anti-semites. Does it make the brush strokes or the words any less enjoyable?

And let's cut Haddock some slack in Crab with the Golden Claws. Part of his volatile temper was due, no doubt, to the effects of his system detoxifying.

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