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February 2011

International Graphic Novels: Volume V

Image: Rutu Modan, From War Rabbit by Rutu Modan and Igal Sarna

February brings our annual celebration of the international graphic novel. From bomb shelters in Gaza to prisons in Greece, surviving famine in Ukraine and negotiating high school in Paris, these international artist-writers delineate character and plot with their singular styles. See how Nine Antico, Chihoi, Christophe-Ngalle Edimo and Simon-Pierre Mbumbo, Eom Jeong-He and Ko Im-Hong, Igort, Rutu Modan and Igal Sarna, and David Prudhomme make every picture tell a story. (Chihoi's tale is a translation within a translation, a graphic version of a story by Xi Xi, also appearing this month.) Elsewhere, in a trio of anti-valentines, Kjell Askildsen's resentful married couple seethe in silence, Guillermo Martinez's pick-up artist blunders through a dance hall, and Teresa Solana's elderly women dispatch an abusive son-in-law.

This month we also launch a new series, Our Man in Madrid, in which Jonathan Blitzer presents new work in Spanish by international writers coming through that literary hub. In the first installment, Venezuelan Juan Carlos Chirinos tracks the operatic last act of a despot.

Two Million People in the Square: Scenes from the Revolution

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The people say: Step down now!

War Rabbit

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We've taught bunnies to live above ground, and we've driven human beings underground.

The Story of Serafima Andreyevna

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Cannibalism became commonplace.

from “Malamine”

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You'll have to pay an air tax. On the air you're breathing, idiot!

Davin Chan Moves Out

Then, with the aid of a scalpel, he would dismember the body for disposal but save the woman’s breasts and pudenda.

The Cat’s Coming (in a Left-Handed Version)

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Knock-out drugs! Rape! Murder! Dismemberment!

from “A Taste of Paradise”

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Be at the basketball courts at six. We'll kill you.

The Secret of Frequency A: An Incredible Disaster

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I suspect that there is a sinister conspiracy secretly at work here in the proximity of the nature preserve.

from “Rébétiko (la mauvaise herbe)”

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Today at noon among the vines / I kissed somebody else's wife


Book Reviews

Nathacha Appanah’s “The Last Brother”

Reviewed by Anderson Tepper

Belen Gopegui’s “The Scale of Maps”

Reviewed by Mythili G. Rao

Margarita Karapanou’s “The Sleepwalker”

Reviewed by Valentina Zanca

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