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Las Aventuras de Tintín: Tintín en el Congo

(Tintin #2)

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  9,823 ratings  ·  688 reviews
En esta aventura, Tintín parte al centro de África, para realizar un reportaje. Allí le esperan peligrosas aventuras, pues sus enemigos le persiguen para matarle. Al volver Tintín de su viaje a Rusia relatado en Tintin en el país de los soviets , Hergé recibe el encargo de hacer viajar a Tintín al Congo , entonces colonia d e Bélgica. Este álbum es un documento excelente p ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published 1989 by Editorial Juventud (first published October 1st 1930)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Tintin au Congo = Tintin in the Congo (Tintin #2), Hergé

Tintin in the Congo is the second volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé.

Commissioned by the conservative Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle for its children's supplement Le Petit Vingtième, it was serialised weekly from May 1930 to June 1931 before being published in a collected volume by Éditions de Petit Vingtième in 1931.

The story tells of young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy, w
Dirk Grobbelaar
Ah, the infamous Tintin Au Congo. This is the edition that is widely available these days, i.e. the redrawn, coloured and “sanitized” version. Comparisons between the original art and the art on display here shows that originally it didn’t look much different than Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, if perhaps slightly better. In fact, Tintin looks like something from a Black & White Quick & Flupke story in the original version (unsurprisingly, since it is by the same author / artist). Why bring ...more
As a child, when I first read Hergé's Tintin comic books (graphic novels) in German, and when I still rather tended to enjoy even some of the more politically incorrect and problematic earlier instalments, already at that time (in the late 70s), Tintin au Congo regularly and generally tended to make me both physically and mentally cringe at the blatant stereotyping, the colonialism, the overt and nasty racism depicted (so much so, that I actually never managed to fully finish reading the book un ...more
Paul Weiss
I love Tintin but this was painful!

TINTIN IN THE CONGO was first published as a serial in 1930 in Le Petit Vingtième, the children's supplement to the Brussels newspaper, Le Vingtième Siècle. This is the story of Tintin's assignment to the Congo to hunt for trophies, write stories about the progress of the colony and to take wildlife photographs for his newspaper. Today, sadly, it can only be labelled an embarrassing product of its times.

To be sure, the story of the adventures of Tintin, portray
Sophie Crane
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m giving this book 4 stars purely as a collectors edition to make up the full Tintin series & as a piece of literary history, otherwise it would have scored zero. It’s a terrible story. It’s horribly patronising towards Africans & for that alone was not stocked in book shops for years. Plus it features Tintin hunting beautiful animals, such as Elephants, that today are rightfully protected. I’ve explained these facts to my parents & they don’t want to read the book for fear of it tainting a ch ...more
Harry Whitewolf
I’ve just read an online article that asks the question “Is chess racist?” after someone enquired as to why the white pieces move first. Seeing as the definition of racism, according to the Cambridge English dictionary is: “The belief that people's qualities are influenced by their race and that the members of other races are not as good as the members of your own, or the resulting unfair treatment of members of other races”, it would seem that the answer to the question “Is chess racist?” is no ...more
Aishu Rehman
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-favourite
I recently read TinTin in the Congo and found it a delightful book. The text is humorous and the artwork is (as always with Herge's works) well done and entertaining. I recommend this volume for any age; I especially recommend it as a fun book to read to your children or grandchildren. The hand wringing from the easily offended politically correct crowd to the contrary notwithstanding, this book accurately captures the impressions that anyone from an advanced country would have in travelling to ...more
Nov 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awkward to have such a moment archived.
As far as Tintin books go, and if we want to use the term, this one is the most “problematic”. Inaccuracies abound, dated views aplenty. The book was initially completed in 1931 in a format similar to the initial volume in Soviet Russia, but was later redrawn, heavily edited, coloured, and put out for publishing in 1946.

Hergé went on to “disown” this work as well, in a way. He viewed it as a youthful foray into the art of the bande dessinée. This particular adventure became an embarrassment for
Alix West
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Dec 21, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Hmmm, this was a bit of a disappointment. I have heard how racist this book was, and Herge did choose to draw all of the African natives in a very sterotypical early 20th century way, and they aren't quite as smart as Tintin is, but from the three books of Herge's I've read now no one is really as smart as Tintin in the stories. They way the natives talk is a kind of stilted 'dumb' sort of way, but Herge also does this with the Soviets in the first Tintin book, and with the Mafia gangsters in th ...more
Hákon Gunnarsson
Tintin was one of the comic book heroes of my childhood. I'm going to read my way through the series again as I listen to a radio program about him, and his creator, Hergé. After the journey Tintin had taken to the Soviet, Hergé wanted to take his hero to America, but the editor wanted to use this popular character to show Belgian colonialism in a positive light by sending him to Congo instead. Which is why Tintin in the Congo is book number two in this series.

This book is at the same time bette
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tintin in the Congo, while written for the children's section of a Belgian newspaper in 1930, is so full of Eurocentric racism and speciesism that it cannot be recommended as reading for young people. However, as an example of white supremacy attitudes of the time, it is an interesting document. The book has often been left out of Tintin collections or edited to soften its most egregious content. I found two English language black and white (and one Spanish language color) editions online at www ...more
J.G. Keely
Like the last volume in the series, this one is another flop bearing no real resemblance to the themes, characters, or style of the later series. The whole thing is a haphazard cartoon filled with slapstick violence starring pugnacious jerk Tintin and his bad-joke-making dog.

Yeah, the treatment of Africans and big game hunting make H. Rider Haggard look tame and responsible in comparison, though I find it hard to argue that the stylized drawings of the Africans are racist, since it's not like th
Dec 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This particular installment of the series was not included in the collection I bought. I didn't know about it until a goodread friend inquired from me about it. I was very much curious as to know why it was omitted to be included in the collection. Now that I have read it, I know why it wasn't included; and I'm not surprised at all.

For a children's comic (or what I believe it to be), I'm surprised at the open racism and the animal cruelty that is shamelessly depicted throughout the story. Perhap
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read in French since high school, so this was a double adventure. Always a pleasure to travel with TinTin and Snowy, even if some of the African representations are outdated and now considered racist.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-books
Umm it's kind of racist. In the first book (Tintin in the land of Soviets) Snowy the dog saves frozen Tintin by using salt as a freezing point depressor - quite scientific!

In this issue, Snowy becomes afraid as it finds a spider in the morning, breaks a mirror on their voyage to Congo thinking these may bring them dangers. Quite superstitious by this time, to give away the notion of prevailing superstition among the African countries! Even in operating table Snowy becomes frightened seeing an Af
May 08, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
one of the worst books I've ever read. ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Writing in English too because whatever.

Dealing with Hergé's racism is hard. In some ways he was incredibly progressive (such as his relatively sympathetic portrayal of Asian characters as being just as varied and nuanced as European characters), and in others, not so much (Tintin en Amérique, au Congo, etc.).

I'm a diehard Hergé fan. I love Tintin; I own all the books; I first read the Tintin comics obsessively when I was a kid, and have loved them ever since. But then there's this shit:

or this:
I will not go for a first sociological criticism on the controversy surrounding this Tintin album! Others have done it, and much better than I could have done. This album is indeed full of clichés, but I believe that it is important to place oneself in the time in which it falls: the world was not as 'accessible' as it is today. All it takes is a little space on the credit card to have the world at our feet! Or an Internet connection, and you travel inexpensively. So there you have it ... Hergé ...more
Mohammed  Burhan Abdi Osman
Looks better artwise than the first volume but its a very weird book and not because of outdated,racist look on Africa. The treatment of the animals,the callaous way they are destroyed,the great white hunter thing disturbed me the most.

Tintin was my childhood hero when i read the series but the first two volumes are not fun,the Tintin everyone knowns.
Nandakishore Mridula
Tintin at his racist best. I think this book has been pulled from publication everywhere.
Dr Rashmit Mishra
The last time I read this book I was fairly young and didn't have much of a moral code so reading it this time I come to realise how fairly despicable this book was and how it portrayed Tintin doing everything that I believe to be wrong

From treating the natives of Congo as an inferior species , to treating them as slaves and then killing animals who were fairly innocent and then showing no remorse whatsoever for his action

Granted the book belonged in a time period that believed in the darker to
Sep 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this is probably the only tintin stuff that I didn't like.I read it may be two years ago, and I was pretty sure that its a fake one,may be some one else wrote it (mine was a translated version). But when I googled it, I was kind of devastated.I grew up with Tintin , and loved him for his courage and intelligence, but in this book he acted like a racist animal hating jerk.I don't know whether Harge was a hardcore racist or just a product of his time, but this is the only book where he let me down ...more
Sara Bakhshi
Why doesn't it have 0 stars?!

I never thought there be a TinTin book worse than the previous one, but it was terrible!!
How could it be so racist and OH!
You should not teach these things to children!

I'm just happy I didn't read it when I was a child.
Sep 17, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, so so so cringey! This one was not included in my Tintin box set, so of course, I downloaded it from nowhere. I really wish I hadn't. Tintin in Congo is just simply bad. Even for a start, Tintin just out of nowhere decides he wants to be a big game hunter and plans a trip to the Congo. WTF? Once there, he meets the local Congolese and saves them from themselves for no reason. I guess this is pretty much what happened in history.

Both illustrations and story is pretty bad. For one thing, it
Settare (on hiatus)
As a diehard fan of Tintin, my heart breaks every time I think of how problematic this book is. But my feelings aren't significant in comparison with the catastrophic effects of racism and instilling colonial propaganda in children's books.
This is probably the most problematic of all Tintin books, so much so that it's not published any longer in many places. When I read this as a child, I did notice the ridiculous depiction of Africans in it, but its problematic racism never registered with me w
May 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this in French, because it has been banned in English. There seems to be a move to ban it in French as well. Here's an article in French about how they're trying to ban it in Belgium:

I'm definitely opposed to banning books simply because their opinions are out of fashion - this one was written in 1930 and has a very very patronising view of African people. However in 1930 it wasn't a work of evil, and it should not be considered one today.

Morgan Borthwick
Sep 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's not that this is one star dreck, it's more that I know what Herge was capable of and while the art is excellent, the story is utter rubbish - even ignoring the racism and animal cruelty - they catch the villains and then there's ten pages spent hunting animals to finish. We never revisit the village, so many plot points ignored and it's literally just wandering around finding animals and running away from them. It is a fascinating time capsule of a book, even this sanitised English translat ...more
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Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist.
His best known and most substantial work is The Adventures of Tintin comic book series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983, leaving the twenty-fourth Tintin adventure Tintin and Alph-Art unfinished. His work remains a strong influence on comics

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Tintin (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (Tintin #1)
  • Tintin in America (Tintin #3 )
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  • Le Lotus bleu (Tintin #5)
  • The Broken Ear (Tintin #6)
  • The Black Island (Tintin #7)
  • King Ottokar's Sceptre (Tintin #8)
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