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February 2015

International Graphic Novels: Volume IX

Image: Thomas Humeau, from "Black Spring"

February brings our annual showcase of the international graphic novel. In sober reportage and whimsical speculation, whether transcribing a genocide survivor’s testimony or recreating a Colombian master’s moment of inspiration, these artists delineate character and plot in their singular styles. Veteran newsman and Rwanda authority Patrick de St-Exupery returns to Kigali, this time with the artist Hippolyte, and Spanish artist Soulman teams with French writer Maximilien le Roy to produce a sorrowful memoir of loss and reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From France, Maxence Emery and Thomas Humeau give voice to an exiled, and disillusioned, Cuban revolutionary and political prisoner. Manfredi Giffone, Fabrizio Longo, and Alessandro Parodi listen in on the damning testimony of a Cosa Nostra “man of honor,” while South Korea’s Kim Han-min delivers a searing indictment of immigration policy. And in two looks at creative genius, Paolo Bacilieri clues us in on the origins of the crossword puzzle, and Oscar Pantoja, Miguel Bustos, Felipe Camargo, and Tatiana Córdoba reveal the source of García Márquez’s most famous novel. Also this month, we present new Slovak women’s writing by Jaroslava Blažková, Monika Kompaníková, Uršuľa Kovalyk, and Svetlana Žuchová, edited and introduced by noted Czech and Slovak translator Julia Sherwood.

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Book Reviews

Fuminori Nakamura’s “Last Winter, We Parted”

Reviewed by Ethan Alexander Perets

Lee Si-young’s “Patterns”

Reviewed by John W. W. Zeiser

The language is often serene, and bound to nature.

Diego De Silva’s “My Mother-in-Law Drinks”

Reviewed by Emma Garman

The latest novel in translation by Italian author, playwright, and screenwriter Diego De Silva at first glance belongs to the swelling genre of paternalistic parables for the digital age.

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