Author David B. (The Epileptic) sets down 19 of his dreams, and it makes for a gorgeous, mysterious volume. His nocturnal topics run from the French resistance, Nazis, whores and wives to figures from the mythical history of Samarkand. Most of the dreams involve chases, danger and life-threatening conspiracies, all given life by B.'s startlingly clear presentation, etched in shades of moonlight blue and black. The overall sense of foreboding is as haunting as a nightmare. The text, at least in translation, is more prosaic and adds little; it's the art that's the real treasure. B. handles panel to panel progressions like no one else: theatrical, yet loose and immediate in their storytelling, the panels are also stunningly beautiful. Think of an easy Modernism married to a novelist's sharp eye and a printmaker's graphic touch, all things "painterly." B's eerie dreamscapes succeed mostly as an art piece, but for enthusiasts of European cartooning at its most confidently experimental, this will be a must have. (Feb.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Nocturnal Conspiracies: Nineteen Dreams, from December 1979 to September 1994by David B.
The best-selling author of "Epileptic" and one of Europe’s leading new generation comics artists invites us to experience nineteen explorative and most imaginative dreams he has experienced. Strange, scary, beautiful, funny and with a sense all their own, these are tales of the inner psyche.See more details below
The best-selling author of "Epileptic" and one of Europe’s leading new generation comics artists invites us to experience nineteen explorative and most imaginative dreams he has experienced. Strange, scary, beautiful, funny and with a sense all their own, these are tales of the inner psyche.
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This title offers 19 surreal tales based on dreams the author had between the ages of 20 and his mid-30s. Each one features its own sinister element, whether terrorists planning to blow up Paris, a brutal massacre in an African desert, or French Gestapo agents tracking down and killing members of the Resistance. Like dreams, each scene does not always flow cohesively into the next, resulting in gaps in the story and unconnected elements that leave much to readers' imaginations. Although the dreams pull readers in with their strangeness, along with plenty of action and suspense, the real strength of this graphic novel lies in the images. David B. has a distinct style that uses heavy black inks combined with grays and blues. His detailed drawings complement the text and carry it through each panel. The results are captivating. Although this book is less likely to enjoy the widespread appeal of his autobiographical Epileptic (Pantheon, 2005), followers of his work won't be disappointed.-Lara McAllister, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia
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