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February 2014

International Graphic Novels: Volume VIII

Image: Ganzeer, Detail from "The Apartment in Bab el-Louk."

February brings our annual showcase of the international graphic novel. On topics ranging from Korean genocide to an inside view of French bloviation, love and intrigue in Mexico to mistaken identity in Israel, these artists delineate character and plot in their singular styles. In two looks at prostitution, Victoria Lomasko talks to the "girls" in Russia's fifth-largest city, while Mathias Picard's elderly woman recalls how she stumbled into the profession. Hadar Reuven's vulnerable boy makes a devastating choice, while Egypt's Donia Maher adjusts to a cryptic neighborhood. In two very different biographies, Kun-woong Park documents Heo Yeong-cheol's years as a dissident in 1940s Korea, and Ángel De la Calle travels to Mexico City on the trail of the enigmatic actress, model, artist, and spy Tina Modotti. Israel's Dan Allon plays many roles. In Iran, Nicolas Wild smokes opium and speaks of poetry. The pseudonymous government employee Abel Lanzac and Christophe Blain reveal the workings of French bureaucracy. We're also launching a new feature, International Translation Culture, featuring essays on translation reception around the world. This month, Spanish writer and editor Luis Magrinyà considers reviewers and readers. And we present the latest installment of Sakumi Tayama's "Spirit Summoning." 

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Book Reviews

Julia Franck’s “Back to Back”

Reviewed by Mythili G. Rao

Franck’s story is engrossing—immediately, completely.

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