SapiensbyYuval Noah Harari, Daniel Casanave and David Vandermeulen
Translation: Andreas Wirthensohn
Verlag C. H. Beck
In his international bestseller "Sapiens. A Brief History of Mankind", the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari explored why Homo Sapiens, of all people, rose to dominate our planet. The four-volume comic adaptation is more than an illustration of the original; it conveys Harari's theses with the means of comics, in drawings that are no less lively than Harari's arguments. The principle is simple: Harari is travelling with his niece Zoe; she asks him questions, and Uncle Yuval answers them by leading her across space and time to the important sites of human evolution. Harari and illustrators Daniel Casanave and David Vandermeulen play extensively with pop culture references; the agricultural revolution is exemplified by a couple that suspiciously resembles Fred and Wilma Flintstone. Harari has no fear of contact. "Sapiens" is a wild ride through history, and the pictures add an additional, vivid layer to the theory. This is how fun knowledge transfer through comics can be.