Dead Reckoning, the graphic novel imprint of Naval Institute Press, has released an exciting new graphic novel, Once Upon a Time in France.

A new English edition of the French series by Fabien Nury, illustrated by Sylvain Vallée, and translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger, this omnibus edition collects the original series together. Once Upon a Time in France became an international bestseller, selling over one million copies and garnering awards including the BDGest’Arts Best Scenario Award, BDGest’Arts Album of the Year, and Angoulême International Comics Festival Best Series Award, among many others.



Based on a true story, Once Upon a Time in France follows the life of Joseph Joanovici, a Romanian Jew who immigrated to France in the 1920s and became one of the richest men in Europe as a scrap-metal magnate. For some, he was a villain. For others, a hero.

As Germany occupies France, Mr. Joseph thinks his influence can keep his family safe, but he soon finds that the only way to stay one step ahead of the Nazis is to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. Though he plays both sides of the fence as a Nazi collaborator and French resistant, a tangled web of interests forms around him that proves it will take a lot more than money to pay for the survival of his family.

You can download an exclusive extract from the beginning of the novel here, and the full title is available to order on the Eurospan Bookstore now. You can also view more on the Eurospan Instagram.