In Italy, Varjak Paw is called ARTIGLIO LUCENTE! Well, the character is still called Varjak Paw, but the book title is Artiglio Lucente, which apparently means 'Shining Claw'.
Apart from the language, the interiors are the same as the UK edition, with all Dave McKean's art and layouts. Here's a scan of the first page, to give you an idea of how it reads in Italian. You'll notice for example that the Elder Paw is called 'Nonno Paw', which I rather like. Click on the image to see it larger...
And here's the back cover, where they've put one of my all-time favourite quotes! It came from an excellent book review site called bookmunch.co.uk, which sadly seems to have gone offline. They gave Varjak Paw a wonderful review, including this line: "Imagine The Karate Kid directed by David Lynch". The Italian publishers clearly liked this so much that it's the only quote they've used, anywhere on the book!
Are there any Italian readers out there? If so, I would love to hear from you!
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