Asterios Polyp

Asterios Polyp

by David Mazzucchelli
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Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli

The triumphant return of one of comics’ greatest talents, with an engrossing story of one man’s search for love, meaning, sanity, and perfect architectural proportions. An epic story long awaited, and well worth the wait.

Meet Asterios Polyp: middle-aged, meagerly successful architect and teacher, aesthete and womanizer, whose life is wholly upended when his New York City apartment goes up in flames. In a tenacious daze, he leaves the city and relocates to a small town in the American heartland. But what is this “escape” really about?

As the story unfolds, moving between the present and the past, we begin to understand this confounding yet fascinating character, and how he’s gotten to where he is. And isn’t. And we meet Hana: a sweet, smart, first-generation Japanese American artist with whom he had made a blissful life. But now she’s gone. Did Asterios do something to drive her away? What has happened to her? Is she even alive? All the questions will be answered, eventually.

In the meantime, we are enthralled by Mazzucchelli’s extraordinarily imagined world of brilliantly conceived eccentrics, sharply observed social mores, and deftly depicted asides on everything from design theory to the nature of human perception.

Asterios Polyp
is David Mazzucchelli’s masterpiece: a great American graphic novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307377326
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 246,766
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 10.56(h) x 1.24(d)

About the Author

David Mazzucchelli has been making comics his whole life. Known chiefly for his collaborations - with Frank Miller on seminal Batman and Daredevil stories, and with Paul Karasik on an adaptation of Paul Auster's novel, City of Glass - he began publishing his own stories in 1991 in his anthology magazine, Rubber Blanket. Since then his short comics have been published in books and magazines around the world. Asterios Polyp is his first graphic novel, and has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and been listed as a New York Times notable book.

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Asterios Polyp 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
The only way to describe this book is "odd." It has nice drawings. The stories are easy-to-follow, even if they are a little weird.
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Ichaerus_Studios More than 1 year ago
This stunning and (in my opinion) flawlessly written graphic novel is, without question, the sort of standard that the industry should aim for with every publication. The art, though simple in form and color, is perfectly suited to the story being told, which is poignant and inspiring. When I first read about it, I must say, my interest was piqued, and I knew I had to read it. Bought it at the first opportunity I had, and am so happy I did. It is one of the prizes of my collection, and I eagerly look forward to more from Mr. Mazzucchelli. If this is any indication, we can expect amazing things out of this gifted writer and artist. For a full review, click the link below to be redirected to my review site, "Ichaerus Studios". http://ichaerusstudios.blogspot.com/2010/02/asterios-polyp.html -Ichaerus
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Megaham More than 1 year ago
I know I'm probably repeating what others have said but the art in this book is outstanding. I've read it numerous times just to take it all in. It's one of those books I'll have for a long time but I'm spreading it around to all my friends so they read it and I can talk to them about it.
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