In the Fleshby Koren Shadmi
A graphic novel for the twenty-first-century featuring tales of tortured souls and tormented passion—brilliantly etched in words and striking visuals Some people fall in love, get married, and thrive in happy relationships—and then there are others. From Israeli enfant terrible Koren Shadmi comes a wickedly literate, darkly poetic, beautifully/i>… See more details below
A graphic novel for the twenty-first-century featuring tales of tortured souls and tormented passion—brilliantly etched in words and striking visuals Some people fall in love, get married, and thrive in happy relationships—and then there are others. From Israeli enfant terrible Koren Shadmi comes a wickedly literate, darkly poetic, beautifully illustrated story collection that exposes with nightmarish clarity the sorrows of love and desire. Read in these pages such tales as:Satisfaction Av.: The terrifying depths to which an unloved child once sank return to haunt her.Radioactive Girlfriend: A student embarks on a torrid love affair with a young woman whose powerful allure is literally nuclear. Pastry Paradise: A near-death experience takes away a woman's will to live and love…but awakens in her a dark and insatiable appetite.Antoinette: A young man becomes obsessed with the girl of his dreams: a gorgeous—but headless—sylph. …and another six tales of alienation and angst.With brutal strokes and lacerating wit, Shadmi introduces a haunting gallery of lost souls that will both repel and captivate.
In his debut collection of graphic short stories, Israel-born Shadmi tries to have the last word in sexual malevolence in angst-ridden tales of couplings that go horrendously awry. Alienation reigns in pieces like "The Fun Lawn," where a man with an underage online porn habit who works in a giant dog suit on a children's TV show is flummoxed when a beautiful young woman comes on to him, but may just like him for the dog suit. Most of the more effective stories go straight for David Cronenberg-style issues of bodily invasion, such as "Radioactive Girlfriend," in which a man's proximity to his lover proves potentially fatal. Surrealist pieces like "Pastry Paradise" and "A Lavish Affair" not so subtly conflate issues of sexual desire, hunger and disgust to fairly little effect. The more simply constructed stories tend to have more punch, like "What Is Wrong with Me?" which humorously contrasts what happens after a late-night hookup separates in the morning; the man pines in agonized love while the woman ignores his calls and watches TV. Shadmi's art is expressive and simple, focusing on entwined limbs and eyes pinned open with worry, but it's his sharp writing (shades of Etgar Keret's violent whimsy) that really brings this collection together. (Feb.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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