What the druids have to say about the album
Albert Uderzo has to face a great challenge now that he is alone in creating the adventures. Many had predicted that Asterix would die with René. But Albert has taken up the torch again so as not to disappear in grief. This is an excellent Asterix album. Albert has been moulded by the 26 years of the authors’ work together.
The album draws on references and themes of all kinds: the love story, for instance, recalls Romeo and Juliet, and the great divide, according to the author, is a direct allusion to the Berlin Wall. Other people had seen this as a reference to France being divided into two during the period leading up to François Mitterrand’s election as president.
Albert Uderzo: «It’s a reference to the period in history when I was writing the adventure. I thought it more amusing to convert the wall into a ditch. But what I find amazing is that people have thought it referred to a lot of things, but never to the Berlin Wall. Nobody mentioned it at all. I was given several explanations, such as the split between the Walloons and the Flemish, or others, but never the real reason.»