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Tour (La)

Cover La Tour La Tour [The Tower] is the fourth volume of the chronicles. Started in A Suivre in January 1986 and published as an album by Casterman in 1987.

One of the last documents uncovered in L’Archiviste was a picture entitled “Giovanni and his Friends”, showing a man surrounded by a group of famous painters and illustrators. In La Tour, we learn his identity and the nature of his connection with the world of the Obscure Cities.

This album was published in black and white, but with a twist: the paintings in Palingenius’ collection are in colour. The inhabitants of the Tower see their world as perfectly normal, but they cannot help but to feel that there is something wonderfully strange about the paintings…

Dedication in the album La Tour


Giovanni Battista is a third class maintainer of the Tower. His section is getting worse by the day and as he has not been in contact with any of his inspectors or colleague maintainers he decided to go to the Base to complain. While using a chute his end up somewhere higher as his level. He meets Ellias Aureolus Palingenius and Milena. Together with Milena he tries to figure out the purpose of the Tower. He finally decides to climb to the top.

Two pages of the scenario by Benoît Peeters.

Some interior pages of La Tour.

Editions / translations

1987La TourFrenchCasterman112SC2203334339
1987La TourFrenchCasterman112HC220334301X
1987De TorenDutchCasterman112SC9030385553
1987De TorenDutchCasterman112HC9030385596Numbered and signed. (1-400 & I - L)
1987La TorreSpanishEurocomics106SC8486004705
1987TårnetDanishBogfabrikken106SC8772970545Two editions
1988De TorenDutchCasterman112HC9030385871
1988Der TurmGermanFeest comics106SC3893431527
1988Der TurmGermanFeest comics106HCn/a
1988Der TurmGermanFeest comics106HCn/aDeluxe edition
1989A TorrePortugueseEdições 70106SCNO ISBN
1993The TowerEnglishNBM Publishers112SC1561630705
1999MenaraIndonesianForum Paris - Jakarta & CCF Jakarta106SC2203334339
1999Rêves de pierresFrenchMuseé Fesch Ajaccio/Casterman106SC2203334339With additional cover and 25 page booklet: “Rêves de pierres: de Piranèse à Schuiten & Peeters”
2008La TourFrenchCasterman110SC9782203017436Additional intro & explanation “Rêves de Pierre”
2011ToranjCroatianFibra110HC9789533210377Like the 2008 French edition
2011闇の国々JapaneseShoPro Booksn/aHC4796871012Part of bundle 1
2014Der TurmGermanSchreiber und Leser112HC9783943808377With 18 new additional pages
2018巨塔ChineseHuazhong University of Science & Technology Press100n/a9787568045100
2021WieżaPolishScream Comics112SC9788366291713
2021The TowerEnglishIDW112SC9781684057313Announced for October 2021. All new translation.

Rêves de pierres

A special edition of La Tour was made for the exhibition Rêves de pierres in Musée Fesch, Ajaccio. The exhibition was about the connections between Piranèse and the world of Schuiten and Peeters. The exhibition ran from 24 October 2000 till 28 January 2001.

See also: Donjon des rêves (Le) - Piranesi by Schuiten.

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