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Asterix in Switzerland

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Asterix in Switzerland
(Astérix chez les Helvètes)
Asterix Switzerland.png
Creative team
WritersRene Goscinny
ArtistsAlbert Uderzo
Original publication
Date of publication1970
Preceded byAsterix and the Roman Agent
Followed byThe Mansions of the Gods

Asterix in Switzerland (French: Astérix chez les Helvètes, "Asterix in the land of the Helvetii") is the sixteenth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations).[1] It was originally serialized in Pilote magazine issues 557–578 in 1970 and translated into English in 1973.[2]

Plot summary

Condatum's Roman governor Varius Flavus has been embezzling a majority of the local taxes in order to finance a debauched lifestyle of never-ending parties, sending only a pittance to Rome, until Quaestor Vexatius Sinusitus is sent to investigate. Flavus, upon finding the Quaestor will not be easy to corrupt, serves him poisoned food and provides inept doctors making absurd guesses at his ailment.

Realizing his life is in danger, Sinusitus sends for the druid Getafix, who instantly identifies the malady as attempted murder by poison. Getafix agrees to brew an antidote for Sinusitus but lacks an essential ingredient: a flower called the "silver star" (edelweiss), and sends Asterix and Obelix to Helvetia (Switzerland) to find it. He also insists that Sinusitus remain in the Gaulish village as a hostage; apparently to guarantee Asterix and Obelix's return, but actually to protect Sinusitus from Flavus.

Asterix and Obelix reach Helvetia but soon run into difficulties set by the Romans, as Varius Flavus has warned his colleague in Helvetia, the equally-corrupt Curius Odus, of their arrival. Thus the Gauls find themselves continually chased and delayed by the Romans, but are assisted by the hotel manager Petitsuix, bank manager Zurix, and some Helvetian veterans who hold a celebration at Lake Geneva. During the celebration, Obelix is rendered senseless by plum wine, and the veterans are attacked by the Roman army; whereupon Asterix and some of the Helvetians, tying themselves to Obelix and each other, obtain the "silver star" from the mountainside, while the remaining Helvetians repel the Romans.

Later Varius Flavus comes to the village, expecting Sinusitus to be near death, either from the poison or execution by the Gauls after Asterix and Obelix have failed to return. Instead, the now-healthy Sinusitus marches out of Getafix's house, and empowered by the druid's magic potion, punches Flavus into the sky, announcing that he will now expose the corruption and sentence Flavus and Odus to their fate in the Circus in Rome. The story ends with the usual banquet for the villagers and Sinisitus, making it the first banquet featuring a Roman as a guest.


Changes in adaptation

  • Bibendum (the Michelin logo) makes a brief guest appearance as the chariot wheel dealer in the original English translation; whereas the original French version used the Gaulish-warrior-like mascot of the French service station company Antar. The 2004 English re-print from Orion Books uses the French illustrations, thus rendering Obelix's joke about Bibendum's weight in the next panel nonsensical. ("Call me fat! Did you see his spare tire?")[5][6] (Different images of the wheel dealer.)

In other languages

  • Catalan: Astèrix al país dels helvecis
  • Croatian: Asteriks kod Helvećana
  • Czech: Asterix v Helvetii
  • Danish: Asterix i Alperne
  • Dutch: Asterix en de Helvetiërs
  • Finnish: Asterix ja alppikukka (Asterix and the Edelweiss, or, more literally, "Asterix and the Flower of the Alps")
  • Galician: Astérix na Helvecia
  • German: Asterix bei den Schweizern
  • Greek: Ο Αστερίξ στους Ελβετούς
  • Icelandic: Ástríkur í Heilvitalandi
  • Italian: Asterix e gli Elvezi
  • Latin: Asterix apud Helvetios
  • Norwegian: Asterix i Alpene (Asterix in the Alps)
  • Polish: Asteriks u Helwetów
  • Portuguese: Astérix entre os Helvécios
  • Spanish: Astérix en Helvecia
  • Swedish: Asterix i Alperna
  • Turkish: Asteriks İsviçre'de


On Goodreads, it has a score of 4.22 out of 5.[7]

See also


  1. ^ René Goscinny – Asterix in Switzerland – Hachette Children's Group. Archived from the original on 2018-10-04. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  2. ^ "Astérix chez les Helvètes – Astérix – Le site officiel". (in French). Archived from the original on 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  3. ^ "Vol. 16 – Asterix in Switzerland". Asterix The Official Website. LES ÉDITIONS ALBERT RENÉ. Archived from the original on 2017-12-29. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  4. ^ Eckert, Yaël (14 October 2013). "La consécration d'Astérix à la BNF". La Croix. Archived from the original on 2017-12-29. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  5. ^ Background document Archived March 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine from the Official Asterix Website Archived 2011-03-02 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2006-09-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) – Page from Asterix NZ Archived 2006-08-19 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Search results for "asterix in Switzerla" (showing 1–1 of 1 books)". Archived from the original on 2018-10-04. Retrieved 2018-10-03.

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