Lucky / Happy Hans

Brothers Grimm, Maguma

In the classic story by the Grimm brothers, a young man called Hans exchanges his hard-earned piece of gold for one object after another, in a series of increasingly unprofitable trades… until he is left with nothing. Is Hans just a naive young man duped by wily strangers looking to make a profit, or is he wise beyond his years, searching for something greater than monetary value?

Spanish artist Maguma reinterprets this classic tale of greed and need for a contemporary reader, creating two parallel visual narratives—one set in times past and the other rooted in a dystopian present. The fates of Hans and those he encounters abound with possibilities and calamities. As possessions and fortunes are rapidly exchanged, who wins and who loses? And what exactly does winning and losing entail?



Every copy of the book comes with four free cards to trade or keep! 

Read a blog post by Maguma – Lucky/Happy Hans: Fool or Sage? – where he traces his intriguing creative journey and our collaborative process. What does an Egyptian perspective and tarot cards have to do with it? Discover how the book came into being and the meanings the story holds.


$ 30.00

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Weight 385.0 g
Dimensions 260 × 165 × 14 mm



Offset printed with five special colours


250 gsm with matte lamination


Hardcover; accordion-folded



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Maguma is the pseudonym for Spanish artist Marcos Guardiola Martín, who is based in Madrid and works for a growing number of publications, including dailies, weeklies and political journals across Europe and Latin America. Trained as an architect in Madrid, Maguma brings to his work a sense of space and surface that is unique. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf started Tara Books as an independent publishing house based in India. An original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, she is known for her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book. She has written over twenty books for children and adults. Several have won major international awards and been translated into multiple languages. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.


Divya Vijayakumar

Divya Vijayakumar is a publishing associate at Tara Books. She lives in Chennai with her family of few humans and many cats. She graduated with a Master of Arts in English Studies from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She loves a good story and a bad pun. This is her first Tara book.


Sanjana Vamadevan

Sanjana Vamadevan is a visual communication designer from Chennai. She studied graphic design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Illustrating, experimenting with analog printing techniques and hand lettering are some of the things she’s passionate about.
Click here to discover her other Tara Books.