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In the Flesh: Stories
     

In the Flesh: Stories

by Koren Shadmi
 

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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

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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.

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A debut collection of ten short graphic narratives from Israel native Shadmi. Reading these stories might take less than an hour, but their effects could last longer than the most haunting nightmare. Are they existential parables? Postmodern pornography: graphic sex that sparks more revulsion than desire? Illustrations of what one character terms "the cruelty of memory"? In many of the stories, people who are strangers to each other, perhaps even to themselves, share their perversions or obsessions as they joylessly mate and part. "The Fun Lawn" features a porn addict whose day job is dressing up in a dog suit for a children's TV show; he meets his match in a woman who seems to want to have sex with the big dog. In "Antoinette," a man becomes obsessed with a decapitated woman who cradles her head in her arm. Several narratives concern oral addictions that confuse food with sex. The best and most ambitious piece is "Radioactive Girlfriend," in which a high-school student who sleeps through an atomic bomb while everyone else is in fallout shelters attracts the one boyfriend who isn't afraid of radioactive contamination. Describing the nuclear blast, which produces a gorgeous sunrise, Shadmi writes: "As the whole town was bathed in radiant light, the most insignificant and mundane details of suburbia were suddenly reborn into a meaningful existence." Christine, who was expected to die from exposure, finds herself more full of life than ever, sapping the strength of her boyfriend. Whatever any of this might "mean" in some linear thematic sense, the unsettling power of these stories comes from the tension between the hyper-realistic drawings and the elliptically surreal narratives. Not for thesqueamish or literal-minded, but in a genre whose artists routinely test all sorts of boundaries, this debut collection obliterates them. Author appearance at New York Comic-Con. Agent: Bob Mecoy/Creative Book Services

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ISBN-13:
9780345544483
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/24/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
44 MB
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