Monster Portraits

Monster Portraits

by Del Samatar, Sofia Samatar

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Fiction. Art. Hybrid Genre. Relentlessly original and brilliantly hybrid, MONSTER PORTRAITS investigates the concept of the monstrous through a mesmerizing combination of words and images. An uncanny and imaginative autobiography of otherness, it offers the fictional record of a writer in the realms of the fantastic shot through with the memories of a pair of Somali-American children growing up in the 1980s. Operating under the sign of two—texts and drawings, brother and sister, black and white, extraordinary and everyday—MONSTER PORTRAITS multiplies, disintegrates, and blends, inviting the reader to find the danger in the banal, the beautiful in the grotesque. Accumulating into a breathless journey and groundbreaking study, these brief fictions and sketches claim the monster as a fragmentary vastness: not the sum but the derangement of its parts.

Del Samatar's drawings conjure beings who drag worlds in their wake. World Fantasy Award-winning author Sofia Samatar responds with allusive, critical, and ecstatic meditations. Together they have created a secret history of the mixed-race child, a guide to the beasts of an unknown mythos, and a dreamer's iconography. The monstrous never looked so simultaneously haunting and familiar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941628102
Publisher: Rose Metal Press
Publication date: 02/22/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria (Small Beer Press, 2013) and The Winged Histories (Small Beer Press, 2016), and the short story collection Tender (Small Beer Press, 2017). Her work has received the William L. Crawford Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award. She teaches at James Madison University in Virginia.

Del Samatar holds a BA in Fine Arts from Rutgers University. He lives in New Jersey, where he is pursuing a career as a tattoo artist.

Table of Contents

The Field 2

The Perfect Traveler 4

The Green Lady 7

The Shadow Beast 10

The Search 11

The Knight of the Beak 15

Notebook (I) 17

The Wedding of the Graphis 19

The Clan of the Claw 22

The Early Ones 24

The Collector of Treasures 27

The Book of the Kryl 31

Notebook (II) 33

Beauty 34

The Sexy Zebra 37

The Nanny 38

Monsters of the Fairy Kingdom 40

The Huntress 43

Notebook (III) 45

Monsters of Compassion 47

The Abyss 50

Everyday Monsters 53

The Scribes 55

Nameless 57

Liber Monstrorum 60

Self-Portrait 63

Notes 67

Acknowledgments 75

About the Author and Artist 77

A Note about the Type 78

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