Marie Curie: a Quest for Light

Marie Curie: et lys i mørket

A stunning-looking authorised biography, making Curie's fascinating story available to children and adults alike, published Spring 2021 by IDW Publishing in the US.

Frances Andreasen Østerfelt is the driving force behind the graphic novel, Marie Curie: A Quest for Light, which she wrote in close collaboration with the Curie Estate.

Anja C. Andersen is an award-winning Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen.

Anna Blaszczyk's stunning artwork has enriched the storytelling in Marie Curie: A Quest for Light

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Marie Curie: a Quest for Light

Marie Curie: et lys i mørket

A stunning-looking authorised biography, making Curie's fascinating story available to children and adults alike, published Spring 2021 by IDW Publishing in the US.

Frances Andreasen Østerfelt is the driving force behind the graphic novel, Marie Curie: A Quest for Light, which she wrote in close collaboration with the Curie Estate.

Anja C. Andersen is an award-winning Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen.

Anna Blaszczyk's stunning artwork has enriched the storytelling in Marie Curie: A Quest for Light

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Synopsis

Marie Curie's life and research changed the world and paved the way for new opportunities for all women. Her unique drive - against all odds - to understand nature and its laws lead to ground-breaking research, which changed the science of medicine - both in terms of diagnoses and treatment. She was the first female recipient of a Nobel Prize and the first - and to date the only - person to receive a Nobel Prize in two categories, first physics and later in chemistry.

Reviews

"Ambitious and expertly communicated" – (4 hearts in Politiken)

"Many funny and interesting details about Marie Curie's life which are sure to give you something to think about" – (Weekendavisen)

"A small masterpiece" – (Bibliotekat (Danish Blogger of the Year 2017))

"A wonderful publication" – (Serieland)

Personal note from the author

"On a personal note, Marie Curie has been in my life always. As I wrote in the book, she and Pierre never took a patent on radium. By 1920, the price of one gram (!) of radium was US$ 100,000, a price she could not afford. A female American journalist (Missey Maloney) learned of this and started a fundraising in the US to buy the gram for Marie’s laboratory at the Radium Institute in Paris. As receipt of this gift, Marie agreed to travel to the US – a back-breaking tour. Everyone wanted to see her. In 1929, Marie’s sister Bronya, a Polish physician, wanted to create a similar Radium Institute in Warsaw. Bronya sold bricks to raise money for construction. But again the problem of money arose to buy radium. So there was a new fundraising in America. This time Marie set limits to the extent of her travels. One of the few places she visited was Henry Ford’s celebration for the 50th anniversary of his friend, Thomas Edison’s, electric light bulb in Dearborn, Michigan.

Marie was a superstar, especially for the Polish communities in America. My mother, daughter of Polish immigrants in Detroit, Michigan, then a 9-year-old schoolgirl, was a witness to Marie’s visit. Three weeks after leaving the US and returning to Paris, the New York Stock Exchange crashed. This started the Great Depression. Marie became a symbol of hope and optimism despite all odds. My mother talked about Madame Curie throughout my childhood."

Marie Curie: a Quest for Light
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Original Language: Danish
Original Publisher: Forlaget Cobolt
Published: August, 2018
136 pages
Category: Graphic Novels
Sub-category: Children
Film Rights: Babel-Bridge Literary Agency
Available material: Danish original; English, German, Polish and Romanian professional translations; French, Spanish full sample translations.

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World Rights (Babel Bridge)

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Romanian: Editura Art
English (US): IDW
German: Knesebeck
Polish: Media Rodzyna