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Arsene Lupen

This brief story on NPR today reminded me of some books I read as a child (in Serbo-Croatian translation) – though I have to admit that my brother loved them even more – in which the main character is Arsene Lupen, the art connoisseur and gentleman burglar. Listen to the NPR podcast and get the books – they are great! How well known is this character in the USA? Perhaps through his anime grandson?


  1. #1 Sycorax
    May 21, 2007

    Not very well, in my (urban, East Coast) experience. I only know of the character from reading stories in high school French class.

  2. #2 Alejandro
    May 21, 2007

    I can’t belive it -you read both The Three Investigators and Arsene Lupin! Did you by any chance also read Emilio Salgari? He is the adventure storyteller for ages 9-14 in Italian and Spanish speaking countries, but virtually unknown in English.

    All the Lupin books are available in Spanish and still reasonably popular taking into account how old they are.

  3. #3 coturnix
    May 21, 2007

    Yes, I have read Emilio Salgari! Sandokan was huge in Europe in teh 1970s (played by Kabir Bedi in the TV series) so I picked up a couple of books as well.

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