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Théorie du Grain de Sable (La)

La Théorie du Grain de Sable is the 14th and 15th chapter of the Chronicles. Together they are one story. The books are in black & white on silver paper. This makes the white parts of the page very bright. The original books are in oblong format. The large format and 2013 edition are in a normal format.


Gholam Mortiza Khan comes to Brüsel to sell some jewelry to Elsa Autrique. Before the sell can be closed, Khan dies in an accident. This is the start of some events that are investigated by Mary von Rathen: accumulation of sand in the apartment of Kristin Antipova, accumulation of stones in the house of Constant Abeels and Maurice who is loosing weight by the day. The events have a catastrophic effect on Brüsel. Time is of the essence.

Introduction video

With the release of the first album, Casterman made an introduction video.

Familiar faces

This photo brings together the models of the main characters of La Théorie du Grain de Sable. Claude Diouri at the first row on the left, makes a brief appearance in the album. Beside him, Cecile Jodogne aka Elsa Autrique. On the second row, Alain Goffin alias Maurice and Eric de Kuyper alias Constant Abeels. Bernard Clerfayt, mayor of Schaerbeek, was very supportive of the purchase and renovation of the Autrique House, another key figure in the album. Only Mary von Rathen is missing on this picture …

the models of the main characters of La Théorie du Grain de Sable

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Press dossier

The press dossier made for the release of La Théorie du Grain de Sable. dossier-de-presse-la-theorie-du-grain-du-sable.pdf

Some example pages of La Théorie du Grain de Sable:

Some examples of the normal format pages used in the large edition and 2013 edition of La Théorie du Grain de Sable:

Editions / translations

2007De Theorie van de Zandkorrel. Deel 1DutchCasterman109SC9789030360735Oblong format in normal coverbox
2007La Théorie du Grain de Sable. Tome 1FrenchCasterman109SC9782203343238Oblong format in normal coverbox
2008La Théorie du Grain de Sable. Tome 2FrenchCasterman119SC9782203343269Oblong format in normal coverbox
2008De Theorie van de Zandkorrel. Deel 2DutchCasterman118SC9789030362005Oblong format in normal coverbox
2008De Theorie van de zandkorrel. Deel 1&2DutchCasterman109+118SC9030362012Oblong format in oblong coverbox
2009La Théorie du Grain de SableFrenchCasterman127HC9782203024274Large format (42x33cm). With additional postface: “Les adventures d'une maison”
2009La Teoria del Granello di SabbiaItalianAlessandro Editore112SC9788882852979
2009a Teoria do grão de Areia - tomo 1PortugueseEdições Asa109SC9789892304519
2010a Teoria do Grão de Areia - Tomo 2PortugueseEdições Asa118SC9789892307480
2010Die SandkorntheorieGermanSchreiber & Leser112SC9783937102962
2010SandkornsteorienDanishFaraos Cigarer112SC9788791976551
2010La Teoría del Grano de ArenaSpanishNorma Editorial112SC9788467900552
2013La Théorie du Grain de SableFrenchCasterman128SC9782203063044With additional postface: “Les adventures d'une maison”
2013闇の国々JapaneseShoPro Booksn/aHC479687173XPart of bundle 4
2015Teorija zrna pijeskaCroatianFibra128HC9789533211688
2015沙粒效应 平装Chinese人民美术出版社128SC9787102072500
2016The Theory of the Grain of Sand EnglishAlaxis Press (IDW)128SC9781631404894Newly translated into English by Ivanka Hahnenberger, and edited by Steve Smith (translator of The Leaning Girl and The Beauty) and Karen Copeland at Alaxis Press for publication by IDW.
2018Теория песчинкиRussianZangavar128SC9785904662318
2023Teoria ziarnka piaskuPolishScream Comics118SC?

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